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Teen hones his woodwork talent

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A RATHFRILAND teenager is carving out a possible future for himself.
Fifteen-year-old Sam Wallace has already made a number of pieces which are cherished by family members.
Sam, a pupil at Rathfriland High School, has made numerous items for family members and with their support he is planning on making many more.
“Woodwork is something I have always been interested in from a young age working with my grandfather, Jim who is a joiner," said Sam.
“Great uncle Ray was also someone who got me into joinery, as he showed me how to make the carts and other items."
The first piece Sam, a son of Gordon and Hilary of John Street, made was a love heart with the word love engraved on the inside.
“I decided to make it because I saw one on the internet and thought to myself that I could have a go at that. From then on I just decided to come up with my own ideas to create from wood."
Initially drawing his plans out on the computer, the majority of Sam's work sees him use small hand tools.
“I use either my scroll saw or my jigsaw to cut out the pieces and I sand all my wood by hand. Then I screw it all together with a cordless drill.
“I have made a lot of items from I started including flower planters, a pick-up truck and house number signs. I have also made a family plaque, our home plaque and a miniature wooden house.
“It is fair to say that I enjoy technology to the fullest in school."
Sam has made several pieces which he has sold on to family members, and he plans to start making items for other people throughout 2017.
“I have lots of support and encouragement at home to keep making items.
“This is something I would like to do when I leave school because of how interesting it is. I would like to carry on doing this and expand by getting bigger saws and drills and taking orders."

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