By ROBYN BRISTOW
Dozens of bird feeders and treasure boxes are being crafted by residents at Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora.
Residents’ woodworking skills have come to the fore in building the functional art pieces, which are then decorated by others in the village.
They are then put to good use by residents, or given to family members as a gift.
Initial templates were made before Covid-19 became of concern in New Zealand. More recently, they have been decorated by village residents working within the social distancing requirements of the lockdown.
The inspiration came from townhouse resident Lynn Andrews, who made them for his grandchildren. They were some of his handiwork.
He worked with Grant Kearney in joinery, and a contracting joiner on the initial concept, before putting the boxes together with fellow residents Colin Dixon and Bob Fox in the village workshop area.
Since then, the decoration of the items has become an activities project for residents.
Village concierge Lizz Read said residents from both the special care unit and resthome had decorated the treasure boxes. They added final touches for family members.
Some of the bare materials were donated by one of Ryman Healthcare’s long-time suppliers, Sydenham-based Aspire Joinery and its owner Bernie Hunt.
Lynn hopes to start a similar project with the children at nearby Fernside School after the lockdown.
“I went and made a couple up and my grandchildren loved them. I thought if they like them, all other kids will probably like them,” says Lynn.