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Mark Templeton, of Queenstown, cuts cladding for a playhouse during the Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge held in Invercargill on Saturday.
He was one of five apprentices who entered the challenge - alongside another from Queenstown, two from Wanaka and one from Invercargill.
They were given a week to inspect the plans for their playhouses and eight hours to build them from scratch in the Southern Institute of Technology carpentry room.
Certified Builders Southland regional president Dwayne Stevenson, who was one of three judges, praised the high standard of their workmanship, especially Mr Templeton's ‘‘near faultless'' work.
‘‘The standard overall was a lot higher than last year and the challenge was a lot harder. No› one finished the task, although Mark was only about an hour off.''
Mr Templeton will now compete in the national finals in Wellington next month.
The playhouses would be completed by Certified Builders members and donated to local child›care centres, Mr Stevenson said.
- REPORT/PHOTO: ALLISON BECKHAM