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TreeCropper Issue 58 – June 2009

Front cover:
Trevor Byron (front), Bruce Christensen (center using draw knife and shaving horse) and Eric Cairns (rear – foot operated lathe) demonstrate green wood-working techniques at NZTCA Conference 2009.
Tool, chair, hurdle and trug making were just some of the skills demonstrated. The emphasis was for using local material and improvising on design. The splitting (riving) of green logs using a maul, wedges and froe allowed rapid conversion of round wood to useable furniture components. Green wood is much easier to work with than seasoned dry wood, when simple hand tools are used.
Trevor displayed and used his large collection of home made woodworking tools for making a hurdle.

  1Editor’s opinionSheryn Clothier
  3Message from the PresidentMurray Redpath
  4Letters to the editor – varroa mite, Doug Davies, walnut blight, hazelnut harvester, Bacon avocado
  6Conference 2009Delgates’ impressions
 10Nick Nelson-Parker – Dr Don
McKenzie Award
Waikato Branch citation
 12MushroomsTim Thornewell of Mushroom Gourmet
 14Conference 2010Tree Crops 2010
– a healthy future
 18Management Committee meeting notes
 19ClimateExplorer subscription
 20PistachioSheryn Clothier, Roy Hart, Darrell and Karen Johnston, Dhana Pillai, Jonathan Hooker
 30European Barberry searchMark McKibben
 32Strawberriesincredible edibles
 35Dick Roberts – obituaryMargot Syms
 37Book reviewsEdible, Photographic Guide to Mushrooms…
 38Pips and piecesMonty’s Surprises, nut shelling, pongas wanted, NZTCA publications
 39Upcoming Eventsincluding some NZTCA events
 40Subscription form

Back cover: from top left:
Members catch-up before the AGM starts.
Mark Christensen gets friendly with alpacas at Cobtree Farm.
Saturday’s dinner tables were decorated with a fantastic variety of tree crops.
Jean Hollis describes the properties of various figs grown on their Te Horo orchard.
Christine Soong gets some products from Stanmore Farms.
Young grapevines are inspected at Stanmore Nursery.
Brenda Farrell talks about processing hazelnuts.

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