BORN in the home of the Huon pine, it only seems right that Wayne Vince should take out the woodworking champion prize at this year’s Warwick show.
An intricate model of a Harley Davidson motorbike hand-carved from Tasmanian blackwood and Huon pine, there’s a deep-rooted sentiment to Mr Vince’s prize-winning entry.
It’s the “model that almost killed” him, but Mr Vince’s efforts didn’t go unrecognised.
The same motorbike won first prize at the Pittsworth Show this year and Toowoomba Show in 2017.
The handsome bike was crafted out of Huon pine Mr Vince collected on a trip to the town of his birth, Huonville, in 2012.
“It’s a beautiful timber to work,” the former Warwick Shire Woodcrafters president said.
“Once you smell it, you know it.”
Mr Vince has been crafting with the wood ever since, making a grandfather clock and other items before finally turning the motorbike into the impressive feature it is today.
“The exhaust pipe and the handlebars were the hardest to do because they were all one piece of wood,” he said.
The wheels were a fiddley job too, each with 26 spokes.
The Harley is the 20th model motorbike Mr Vince has made, and it may be his last.
“I’ve said it before, but then usually about six or eight months later I do another one.” The same motorbike