New life for old roots
By DARREN COYNE
THE root system of a giant teak tree from Tyalgum will be transformed this weekend into what could become the centrepiece of a display at a new shopping centre in Lismore.
The roots were salvaged from a huge pile of logs which were set to be burnt after clearing in local forests for plantation timber.
Tweed Shire woodworkers and artisans will be displaying their prowess at the official opening of the Riverside Artisans Co-operative, located in the former Norco building on Tweed Valley Way, Mur- willumbah.
The weekend of displays and activities at the co-operative will also act as the launch of the inaugural Coming out of the Woodwork - a Festival of Sustainable Art.
The co-operative now boasts 85 members, and in the words of spokesman Bill Marshall, would be carrying on "the spirit of our forefathers" in utilising the area's rich resources.
"This is a prime position to act as a contact point for all the creative artisans in the area," Mr Marshall said.
Mr Marshall said the co-operative aimed to showcase their work, and also promote the idea of sustainable art.
"AAARTEC co-op is about local art produce and knowledge - the next generation of co-operative spirit and an outlet for the talents of the community," Mr Marshall said.
"Local knowledge is providing open access to this region's diverse resources and skills, contributing to the region's future sustainability."
The event will run from June 11 to June 13. On display will be furniture, ceramics, leatherwork, sculpture, painting, woodturning, 3D woodwork, stone masonry, metalwork, blacksmithing, drums and drum making and sculptural sawmilling.