Colin crafts impressive 28-wheeler

Colin Smith's impressive 28-wheeler made of six different types of wood. Below: Colin works on making wheels on the lathe at the Ashburton Menz Shed.

Colin Smith is quiet and unassuming, but he lets his hands do the talking when its comes to woodworking projects.

28-wheeler model truck made from six different types of wood.

The former shepherd spent the recent lockdown working on the project in his home workshop.

It’s an eye-catcher and cleverly crafted.

The model is based on a Wilson Bulk Transport truck and a bulk bin will be fitted.

Colin said his usual approach to any project was to work slowly and steadily.

Working with good wood was a pleasure and the process didn’t need to be hurried.

Colin said he enjoyed giving away some of the things he made.

His next project is a model road train, which will be a bigger and more complex challenge.

Colin, who has been active with woodworking since he retired 15 years ago, is also a dabbler with paints.

He uses acrylics mostly and some of his canvases have included large saw blades.

Ideas for projects are often inspired by talking to his mates at the Ashburton Menz Shed, where he has been a member for the last seven years.

“I’ve learnt a lot from them over the years and if I don’t know something, I’ll ask.”

“Someone always has the know how and they’re all good men,” he said.