AFTER retiring from his profession of coal miner in Wollongong Alex Findlay moved to Noosa and took up his passion for woodworking.
His long held affection for horses prompted him to make his first rocking horse - a gift for his grandchildren.
That was 12 years ago.
He is now working on his latest horse. She is a medium size horse being constructed from Beech, Kauri Pine and Hoop Pine and will be finally dressed in a coat of dappled grey.
Her mane and tail will be blonde and her tack - saddle, reins and stirrups will be tan colour leather, while her vision will be enhanced with realistic glass eyes.
Like all Alex's horses her name is ALKAZAAN formed from the initials of his grandchildren. Making a horse is very labour intensive which accounts for the estimated value of $4000.
Meantime Alan Warner - retired builder and long time club member was also busy constructing the frame for the horse.
Alan is a very accomplished wood turner and his skills are clearly evident in the two turned pedestals where the base and top round tenon joints provide the required strength and support for the horse.
For this job Alan chose Silky Oak - a local timber which was harvested, milled and seasoned by the Cooroora Woodworkers Club.
Early in December with all the components ready to hand, Alex began the assembly.
ALKAZAAN is first prize in the main raffle at the Cooroora Wood & Craft Show 2016. The show now in its 27th year is independently crun by the Cooroora Woodworkers Club to showcase the skills and work of regional woodworking clubs and schools.
The show takes place on:
- Friday 6th May and Saturday 7th May 2016.
- At the Cooroora Woodworkers Club
- 8 Lowermill Road, Cooroy
Rocking horses have always been popular prizes especially to grandparents and grand-kids. Tickets are now on sale at $1 each at the Club and the winning ticket will be drawn at the show on Saturday 7th May.
Many traditional woodworking skills are in danger of being lost or forgotten. Woodworking clubs help to keep the skills alive as can be seen in the work of enthusiastic and skilled craftsmen such as Alex and Alan.