Ted Senior with the finely worked cabinet he built from cedar logs milled at his home.
Ted Senior with the finely worked cabinet he built from cedar logs milled at his home. Renee Pilcher

Tiny town shows its big heart

AT 80, senior Widgee craftsman Ted Senior lives up to his name.

And the timber skills of a lifetime will combine with Ted's generous instincts next week when he donates the product of many hours of fine cabinet work to Widgee's fight against cancer.

A beautiful cedar and glass cabinet, which Ted built almost from the ground up, will be his big contribution next Wednesday to Widgee's attempt to host Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

It is a cause which has a lot of support in the tiny but big-hearted town.

And a fair share of that support has come from Ted and his family, understandably so in a family so hard hit by cancer over the years.

Ted, who celebrated his 80th birthday on May 3, was one of 13 children, 10 of whom have been taken by cancer.

"I've got two sisters left, still in England," he said yesterday.

And the Biggest Morning Tea institution is also a family affair. "My daughter and my wife started this and it's been going since 1997," he said.

Ted milled the raw timber from logs of white and red cedar, although he credits the brothers, Don and Tony Fitzpatrick, with helping him out of an embarrassing shortage of fully cured white cedar. He then worked the timber with the skills he learned in seven years of training many years ago.

It is a cause which has a lot of support in the big-hearted town

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