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Unique skills on show

Impressive: Local carpenter and joiner Philip Meaney with Norma, his handmade clinker-built rowing boat. Picture: Kate Healy
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SKILLS on show at this year’s Old Trade Exhibition should be taught tothe younger generations, according to Ballarat’s leading tradesmen.

A stellar display wowed more than 800 onlookers over the weekend, with many locals showcasing their unique skills and products.

Ballarat Exhibition Centre managerDavid Sanders said more than 30 stands and 60 exhibitors were on show, with some of the local talent “inspirational” for novice creators.

“A lot of them (the exhibitors) are quite old and they would love to mentor and show those skills to the young ones coming on,” Mr Sanders said.

“That’s the reason we do it. I come from a trade background and I see that we’re losing trades left, right and centre.

“It would be great if we can foster and inspire young people to keep going and get into that stage.”

Trades and skills on show at this year’s edition includedchair making, toy making, calligraphy, whip making, embroidery,stone carving, metal forging and more.

Local carpenter and joiner Philip Meaney turned many heads with a handmade row boat, which was ‘clinker built’ in the mold of the old vessels used by the vikings.

The boat, named Norma, is built from some of the best woods in the world, including huon pine, king billy pine, celery top pine, Tasmanian pine and features 700 handmade copper rivets.

Mr Meaney’s desire to build such a unique vessel began with a boat making course in Tasmania last year.

“Everything in here is hand made,” he said.

“I wanted to learn the art of steaming and bending timber (and) this is the creation of two months of work and what I did at the boat building school.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s one of the best things I’ve done in my life. I recommend it for any person, nomatter what age, it can only be life enhancing.

“At the end of it, you can stand back and have a look at something you’ve created and take it on the water and go for a row.”

Mr Sanders said the quality of the products on show will ensure they become keepsakes for decades.

“There are lots of things people are looking for that are unique and special,” he said.

“Hand made items are something you put away, cherish and pass from generation to generation.Some of these items will be about in four or five generations.”

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