Former sparkie a craftsman for life

John Madsen from the Warwick Woodcrafters with some of his jewellery boxes and a clock he built.
John Madsen from the Warwick Woodcrafters with some of his jewellery boxes and a clock he built. Erin Smith

FROM clocks to stools, toys, serving trays and musical instruments the Warwick Woodcrafters had a bit of everything on show at their open day on Saturday.

The group's latest life member, John Madsen, has constructed a total of 20 clocks and more than 40 jewellery boxes during his 20 years with the group.

"I enjoy working with wood and the company of the other blokes in the group," Mr Madsen said.

"I mainly make clocks and jewellery boxes. They are definitely my forte."

Made from a range of different timbers and all in different shapes and sizes, no two are ever the same.

"I like the intricate details," Mr Madsen said.

"I could spend up to a fortnight on one box."

The former electrician took up the hobby just before retiring and has no interest in making money from his talent.

"I give them away, mostly," Mr Madsen said.

"Well, my daughter gives the clocks away as Christmas presents and I give the jewellery boxes as birthday and Christmas presents."

One of the newer members, Graham Reid, had on show a stool, serving tray and a cake stand.

"I've been with the group for just over three years now," Mr Reid said.

"Woodturning is my thing.

"I am a retired farmer and have always loved taking an old piece of wood and turning it into something new.

"So when I moved to Warwick I joined the Woodcrafters.

"It is very relaxing and I also enjoy the challenge."



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