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Project by peteg posted 11-28-2011 03:21 AM 3605 views 5 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Came across an old Matai fence baton & it made me reflect on our great farming background in NZ. This is a piece of a typical batton from our standard 7 line fence, the top & mid were generally Barbed wire others being a 8 or 10 gauge galv’ wire.
They stopped milling Matai well over 50 years ago, these were a spreader baton to hold the gap between posts,
I tried to leave the 4 flat faces to retain the weather beaten features, this particular baton is not square (40×45) so the flats are a bit uneven. The barbed wire was still attached to it when I picked it up.
Sometimes it is nice to simply remember the work of or earlier settlers & quitlely thank them for our head start.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 03:30 AM

I like it. Very creative piece of art! Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 03:31 AM

Sweet, Pete.

Man you have skills at seeing things artistic. This is a wonderful little piece. With a nice story too.

Thanks for you inspiration,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 03:35 AM

What a nice tribute to the early settlers and I am sure it will be appreciated by many !
I feel the same way as you and appreciate the great things we enjoy made possible by those before us and their sacrifice and hard work .
Nice job on designing this and great execution retaining the origin of this piece .
Thanks
Kiefer

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 03:45 AM

Very nice presentation, Pete. I really like the raw material serving as a base for the turned piece. Well done!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 03:49 AM

Wow, this is really great! Using barbed wire to hold the “vase” and give it a very rustic historic look! A winner in my book.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 11-28-2011 03:50 AM

I like it alot!

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 11-28-2011 03:54 AM

What a great tribute Pete. I know I’ve seen some of those old fences. I even remember wondering about the wood.
Historian, artist, turner, romantic…..............man, Pete, you’ve got it all going.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 11-28-2011 04:38 AM

A piece like this changes the craft of woodturning into art. I like it and well done Pete.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#9 posted 11-28-2011 04:43 AM

Great way to show of the heritage Pete. You are always coming up with something new. Nice wood and shows the artist in you. Wonder if your cricketers can do as good a job over here.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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peteg

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 04:53 AM

Thanks all, Hey Bob, I think we are only playing the “B” team with all the injuries :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 11-28-2011 05:32 AM

Very nice Pete.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 07:29 AM

love it :)

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 08:49 AM

The longer I look at it the more stories it tells. I find it a beautiful and creative adventure! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 09:40 AM

so nice

-- Gintaras, http://www.woodatelier.com

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 10:35 AM

Wow Pete! that’s a very unique and attractive piece. I like the look and the theme. Well done mate!
Isn’t 7 lines fence too dense? here we do 5 lines barbed fences.

-- Dave -

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