Found In Wood
Ken Perrin was raised in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, where he served a plumber’s apprenticeship before moving to Singleton with his wife in 1954, just in time to see the town savaged by the infamous ’55 flood. Fortunately for Ken, his plumbing services were in demand with many damaged facilities to be restored. In 1974, he was appointed as a foreman working with Singleton’s water supply and he remained with Singleton Council until his retirement in 1996. After retirement, Ken travelled through Australia and New Zealand, finally taking up residence in Harrington.
Ken was drawn to woodcarving as a hobby, enjoying the smell of freshly cut timber, especially camphor laurel, and different patterns of woodgrain. His choice of carving timber was Tasmanian Huon Pine, with its fine straight grain and warm honey colour. At 91 years young, Ken has now put away his woodcarving tools with fond memories of chipping away at a log of wood. He marvels today at the outcome of such effort.