Luggate wood-turner Linda Wheeler in Artisans Co-operative
Studio in Ardmore St, Wanaka, which closes for good today.
Photo by Mark Price.
On some of the mornings Linda Wheeler spends behind the
counter at Artisans Co-operative Studio there are no customers.
And that makes paying the rent difficult for the co-operative
which is closing its Ardmore St, Wanaka, shop today, after 21
years in business.
Mrs Wheeler, who has been looking after the shop one or two
mornings a week will now spend more time in her garage
turning out the little rimu kiwis she has been making and
selling through the shop since 2004.
She is halfway through orders for 160, destined for Fox
Glacier and elsewhere, and says she will now be able to spend
more time on the lathe in her garage.
But Mrs Wheeler, who was ''talked into'' wood turning 17
years ago, laments the lack of outlets for locally-made
She says many of the handcrafts offered in Wanaka are not
made in the area.
Co-operative members will continue to sell their wares
through markets and online.