Woodcrafters embrace chance to showcase wares
DICK Rasmussen couldn't tell you how to win a chess game, for he has never played, but the South Burnett Woodcrafters member could show you how to make a board.
"It looked like a very good challenge, so I decided I would do it. It is the hardest thing that I have ever made,” he said.
"All the pieces are handmade individually. They are carved as well as turned. It took a lot of work.”
His chess board is one of the wares on display at the woodcrafters club's new pop-up shop at Kingaroy Shoppingworld.
Mr Rasmussen took a day off work to volunteer at the shop as a proud member of the club for 10 years.
"I came to the club knowing nothing. I knew a bit about carving but I didn't know anything else and everything I have learnt though the club and the guys in it,” he said.
"It is a really good asset for Kingaroy. We have got quite a lot of members and getting more all the time.
"If you have got something that you want to do, other guys help you design it and build it.”
The club will man the pop-up shop for one month and manager of Kingaroy Shoppingworld Chris O'Rourke is happy to be able to offer the club the opportunity.
"We are proud to support a local collective and it is volunteers that work there so it is good to support them,” he said.
There are many changes ahead at shoppingworld with new look stores for Jamaica Blue and OPSM and new shops coming to the centre.
Mr O'Rourke said Jamaica Blue would close for a short period while it got new lighting, a new facade and a new, exciting and fresh look while OPSM will also close while getting a re-fit.
"We do have a few empty shops but we are in negotiations with a lot of retailers to come to Kingaroy,” he said.