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The Blokes' Shed team at Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa have been flat out making logging trucks for kids.

The intricate machines take hours to build and paint but when the production line gets into full swing each Friday morning the time flies.

Murray Bamfield, who turns 80 in June, is a former cabinet maker who still loves making things out of wood.

The team's creations have sold well this year, with the logging trucks the latest model off the production line.

When Murray wanted to come up with a better design for the truck’s axles, he turned to retired engineer John Harwood.

John is officially the brains behind axle construction. He’s now a fixture in the shed alongside Murray.

The Shed is in fact a large basement area at the Orewa retirement village. It was originally intended as storage space for the village’s maintenance team, but the blokes took over.

Village manager Lynn Charlton recently arranged for a wall to be knocked out to give the blokes space to expand.

“Our blokes need plenty of space to be blokes,’’ she says.

 

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