Waikato Woodcarvers

Also known as:

  • Waikato Guild of Woodworkers

"Wood crafting was started in the Waikato by a group of wood carvers around 1984 at Fairfield College staff room with twelve people and no lathes. Wilhelmus (Bill) van den Berg (the first President) advertised for those interested to bring a piece of work to discuss. The group then moved to Melville High School under the guidance of woodwork teacher Derek Kerwood. This class extended from carving and marquetry into woodturning from which the Waikato Guild of Woodworkers evolved."

Quoted from Waikato Guild of Woodworkers.

Waikato Woodcarvers, ‘Life in the Waikato; Te Noho i te Rohe o Waikato’ (1985) Hamilton City Council Administration Building, CBD, Kirikiriroa Hamilton

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2022