Ted Senior at his market stall showing handcrafted items to local resident Marilyn Dumpleton.
Ted Senior at his market stall showing handcrafted items to local resident Marilyn Dumpleton. Contributed

Ted creates name in timber

LOCAL craftsman Ted Senior takes pride in his timber work.

A craftsman of great skill with woods of all varieties, Ted is well known for his ability to turn an ordinary piece of timber into something useful and beautiful.

Timber, as a medium, has a life of its own and Ted spends considerable time matching pieces so they compliment each other, making the most of the wood grains and finishes.

Born in Leeds in the UK in 1932, Ted discovered a liking for woodwork at an early age.

In fact it was the only subject that he really enjoyed.

At the age of 14 he was fortunate to attain an apprenticeship with a local coachbuilder.

In those early years the training incorporated all aspects of timber work, covering the numerous trades that used wood as a medium and also included learning the many different types of equipment and machinery.

This included lathes, saws, planes, etc.

Ted remained with the firm for several years after he qualified, taking on the intricate role of pattern maker before moving into shop fitting.

In January 1966 he and his family migrated to Australia and lodged in a hostel.

Ted obtained work at Redfern for several months before taking on the task of maintenance man at the hostel where his family resided.

He later taught gymnastics and trampoline at Gosford for about 20 years.

Ted was a keen gymnast and it was only a broken thumb that stopped him visiting Australia in 1956 Olympics as he had been a strong contender for the British gymnastic team.

Ted moved to Widgee in October 1993, where he built his modest four-bedroom home and settled down with his family.

His love of woodwork soon became known in the local community and he was well regarded for the intricate wooden puzzles that he still makes in his workshop.

Often called upon to help with small projects and repairs, Ted is known throughout the community for his kindness and quality work.

He enjoys making toys and puzzles as well as items to sell at the odd market stall.

Ted, who turns 80 this year, is a quiet, modest man who donates many of his works to charity.

For the past few years he has handcrafted beautiful and unique items for the Widgee Craft Group for their annual cancer fundraising morning teas.

In 2012 Ted has lovingly constructed an attractive red and white cedar display cabinet which he presented to the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Committee for use as a major raffle prize this May.

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