Norfolk Island Woodworker Darren Bates

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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 07-19-2016 04:43 AM 2200 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mrs Grumpy and I visited Norfolk Island last week.
The beautiful scenery of Norfolk Island is something to explore and enjoy.
The amazing history from having long gone evidence of Polynesian habitation then a British penal colony to finding a home for the “Mutiny of the Bounty” descendants.
In 1856 the descendants of the mutineers were resettled by the British from Pitcairn Island (SE of Tahiti) some 3,400 nautical miles to Norfolk Island to the West (800 odd N.Miles off the East coast of Australia).
We had the pleasure of meeting Darren Bates, a bounty descendant while on the island.
Darren is a man of many talents. He is a butcher by trade but has since turned his skills to woodworking and running fishing tours.
We visited Darren a couple of times. He is well skilled in the art of woodworking with some high tech equipment.
He works solely with Norfolk pine which is a tropical tree said to be considered a southern hemisphere counterpart to the Pinus genus.
I took a couple of photos of Darren in the workshop

Here is the Norfolk pine which is native to the island, a magnificent tree in some of the best basalt soil you could find.

I invited Darren to join the Lumberjocks group.
I am sure we could learn a lot from him as he would from many of us.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 12:20 PM

Thanks, Tony! That is very interesting and he looks to have a fine workshop and a nice CNC machine, too.


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#2 posted 07-19-2016 03:54 PM

I envy you Tony. Wish I was there. Thanks for introducing us to Darrin, interesting man. I hope he joins LJ’s.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-19-2016 09:33 PM

Me too Dave.
Jim, that machine is for laser burning artwork on to wood. He designs the picture on a laptop and it takes it from there.
You are right though, he does have a large CNC for mass production.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-23-2016 01:51 AM


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