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Sat 25 Jan 2014, 9:30am–12:00pm
Tue 28 Jan 2014, 9:30am–4:30pm
Wed 29 Jan 2014, 9:30am–4:30pm
Thu 30 Jan 2014, 9:30am–4:30pm
Fri 31 Jan 2014, 9:30am–4:30pm

Where: Hawthorn Dene Historic Country Cafe, 280 Botany Rd, Botany Downs, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: jackie8

The Grandfather revealed beneath the bark.

For years a determined artisan has sort out the perfect tree trunk for a project he could give to the community and spark the imagination and creativity of youngsters.

At last the hunt is over for talented wood sculptor, Mark Jones, who has big plans for an old macrocarpa trunk on Botany Road.

The lonely looking stump sits among living trees in the historically significant field at the entrance to Hawthorn Dene Historic Country Café.

On Sunday September 29 Mark starts up his chainsaw to make the first cut into the trunk that stretches three metres above the ground.

The significant launch day is Mark’s mother’s birthday and he will finish the project on his father’s birthday, January 31, 2014.

Commuters along the busy road will see his progress as he transforms the trunk into a living story, which includes a grandfather’s face, steps through the centre and maybe a book.

Once he starts working on the wood the artistic process will dictate the final sculpture but he is tackling the project with a creative plan.

Mark wants the project to inspire young people to try their hand at woodcarving and encourages young people to come along and contribute to The Grandfather.

“When I left school I couldn’t really read or write but I’ve followed my dreams and have achieved so much,” Mark says.

His former work includes chairs donated to Habitat for Humanity, rocking horses for the late Princess Diana and Princess Beatrice, as well as Starship Children’s Hospital.

The Grandfather is a mammoth undertaking because Mark typically works on pieces destined for the protection of interior environments and he’ll be learning as he progresses with the outdoor sculpture.
Numerous organisations and businesses have supported Mark’s endeavour including the guardians of the land, the Howick and Districts Historical Society, which also owns the Hawthorn Dene café building at the back of the field.

People are welcome to watch Mark at work, which should be on most weekdays and Saturdays from now until the end of January.

When he’s at work he can’t be disturbed but lunch breaks are a great time for questions.
Parking is available at Hawthorn Dene or Glassonby Road.

School groups interested in visiting and working on the project should contact Jackie Russell, 09 537 1868.

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For more information, photos or interviews please contact:
Jackie Russell
Chatterbox Services
Ph 09 537 1868
Mob 0275 708 971

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