Cole has time on his side
IF you think grandfather clocks are old, boring and bulky, take a look at Cole Fitzpatrick's award-winning timepiece.
The elegant clock was Cole's HSC major work at John Paul College, and has now won him the Sydney Timber and Working With Wood Show's Young Achiever award.
Using the college's workshop, Cole spent 15 weeks building the clock, having spent about the same amount of time planning it.
"Traditional grandfather clocks all look the same," the Coffs Harbour 19-year-old said.
"I wanted to make it modern and curvy, which made it hard because all the joins had to be custom made."
The wood show's award is all the more meaningful because entries were by invitation only.
Now that he has finished school and no longer has access to JPC's workshop, Cole is saving up to buy himself a lathe so he can set about his next project.