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Steely Eye PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Allison   


Steely Eye

A silver giant sits reading under the trees while a woman stoops to pick a flower and a thin man cycles

past on a penny-farthing. Nearby, an enormous corkscrew dwarfs a shed filled with welding paraphernalia. One glance around Allan O’Loughlin’s garden and it’s clear that this is the home of someone with a vivid imagination and the creative skills to bring it to life. Allan, a fitter-welder and self-taught sculptor, uses the skills learnt in his trade to create works of art in steel. More than 60 of them are scattered around the 9000m2 property he shares with his partner, Andrea, in Mandeville, 25km north of Christchurch.

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Life in the fast lane PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jon Addison   


Life in the fast lane

He might describe himself as a “larrikin biker”, but former motorcycle-racing world champion Graeme ‘Croz’ Crosby is really more of a modern Renaissance man. Put simply, a ‘Renaissance man’ is defined as a very clever person who is good at many different things. So check the Croz record thus far: champion motorcycle racer, commercial pilot, successful author, businessman, house builder, skilled motorcycle mechanic, enthusiastic cook, raconteur — the list goes on.

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Size matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kaine   


Size matters

Back in the carefree/careless days we took a drive up to Hokianga Harbour, mainly for a fish and chip meal at the legendary Omapere pub, and promptly fell in love with the place. It’s like New Zealand 50 years ago: clean, uncluttered with houses and people, and just plain beautiful on any given day. The harbour simply sparkles on a sunny day and the dunes on the north head are nothing short of spectacular. The views coming over the ridge from Waimamaku and Waipoua Forest are breath-taking. We still stop and try to take it all in.

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Going glamping PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Cleaver   


Going glamping

What do you do if you want a caravan but drive a Mini? You make one to fit. That’s just what

Michael Wolfe of New Plymouth did — turning out a real dinky little teardropshaped caravan that matches his 2004 Cooper S and has all the mod cons for a decent holiday. Michael saw pictures of little campers on the net and decided that that was what he wanted — a cross between a caravan and a tent.

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Sky high PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sue Allison   


Sky high

Ted Perry heard the planes before he saw them, howling in the skies above his house on the outskirts of Christchurch. A recce to the nearby Halswell Quarry to investigate launched a compulsive new hobby making radio-controlled aircraft. That was about 15 years ago, when

the retired surgeon with a lifelong interest in woodwork and a host of hobbies already under his belt was in his mid 70s.

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Sitting pretty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jude Woodside   


Sitting pretty

I discovered some 40mm square light steel tube that I had purchased for another job that didn’t go ahead and I thought it would make a good outdoor bench. I had considered making one out of the 3mm thick, 40mm square tube that I have used previously but I realised that it would be impossibly heavy and I wanted something that could be moved relatively easily. At first I considered making it square at each end but as I developed the idea it tended to grow in sophistication as these things tend to and before long I was incorporating a back. I didn’t want a bench with a straight back, it’s not a church pew, which meant I would have to extend the back leg to prevent it toppling over.

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