Ted’s eye for detail helps young Ryley
WIDGEE woodworker Ted Senior is using his ability with power tools and creative flair to help charities and, more recently, youngster Ryley Howell.
Many of Mr Senior's creations, including timber clocks, a china cabinet, lounge table and a lazy susan, have resulted in numerous donations to local groups and charities seeking a raffle prize.
Widgee correspondent Lynlie Cross said Mr Senior's donations to charities were significant.
"Ted has given away thousands of hand-made furnishings and gadgets that he has lovingly created," she said.
Not one to sit idle for too long, Mr Senior is at it again, helping Ryley develop an interest in woodworking.
Mr Senior has been making little wooden stools that are easily folded and very sturdy.
These stools have been sold on his behalf at Sunshine Mitre 10, with the money raised going to charitable deeds.
The latest batch of stools sold raised $350, which has been donated to Ryley to help him purchase equipment, including a power saw, a heat gun and a sander.
Ryley, a James Nash State High School, is in the process of starting up his own small business which will include recycling timbers and woods into modern-day useful products.
"Since beginning his journey Ryley's confidence has grown," Mrs Cross said.
"He has learned about all the different tools and how to care for them, the importance of the always present paperwork, how to deal with people and customers.
"He attended three Bridal Expos which gained him valuable experience and he also sells items through local shops and businesses.
"Ryley has also become more independent, completing five weeks of work experience at Mitre 10 and is now in the process, with support and assistance, of setting up a Facebook page as well as his own website."
Mr Senior's support of Ryley has been matched by the youngster's support worker Ellie Jones, who cannot wait to see what the future will hold.