Alex Tincknell is putting his welding skills to good use.
Alex Tincknell is putting his welding skills to good use. Erin Smith

Markets perfect to pitch creative idea

THIS year's Rodeo Craft Markets were bigger and better than ever with plenty of first-time stall holders making the trip to Warwick to show off their creative products.

Alex Tincknell and his sparkplug sculpture stall were among the newcomers.

"I have handmade sparkplug sculptures made from nuts, bolts, sparkplugs and pits and pieces from cars," he said.

"I've got pencil holders, iPhone holders; I can custom make you anything you like."

But Mr Tincknell said he could not claim the whole idea to himself.

"A German fellow used to make sparkplug sculptures at Mount Tamborine but he stopped a few years ago," he said.

"I changed it a bit by making my sculptures useful."

Mr Tincknell travelled from Texas to set up his stall in Leslie Park on Saturday.

"I drove past during Jumpers and Jazz this year and saw how big it was," he said.

"I made some calls and found out there was another one during rodeo and here I am."

The welder moved from the coast to Texas five years ago to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Market organiser Sue Keong said she was incredibly impressed with this year's turnout.

"We have over 200 stalls this year," she said.

"It is bigger than last year, even bigger than Jumpers and Jazz.

"It is excellent to see."

Mrs Keong said the markets tended to fill up as it gets closer to the street parade starting.



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