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Chip off the old block

by Cameron Outridge

A Fourth-generation timber cutter Harvey Bryce, of Witta, is putting the finishing touches to his old-time timber-working display at Pioneer Cottage.

It will be part of an exciting Pioneer Day celebration from 10am Sunday, September 28. As Harvey bustled around, laying out his display of treasures, from his own father’s springer to 100-year-old axes and bullocky equipment he muttered, “Where’s that snotter?” Springer? Snotter?  Don’t know what they are?  Ask Harvey on Sunday when he will be demonstrating broad-axe work and shingle cutting.

The self-styled Treefella’s great-grandfathers and paternal grandfather were cedar-cutters and scrub clearers, opening up Maleny and district for its dairying heyday. Harvey spent a couple of decades in Melbourne but it is timber that brings a gleam to his eye.

“When I was at school we did a project and a timber truck went through Maleny every eight minutes,’’ he said.  “And the old Redcliffe-Sandgate bridge was built with Blackall timber cut at a steam-powered mill at Conondale.”

I had to cut him short, but if you want the full Maleny timber story come along to the woodworking demonstration before lunch at Pioneer Cottage, Bryce Lane, off McCarthy Road, on Sunday.

Entrance is $2, including a guided tour of the cottage and a ticket in a souvenir gate prize draw.   There’s morning tea, a barbecue lunch for $10 and it’s your last chance to buy a ticket in the raffle of the painting of old-time Maleny.

Following last week’s story on classic and vintage cars on display, several more Maleny residents have offered their vehicles.   Among them is Rick Thurgood, whose 1914 Talbot was once owned by the Queensland government.

“It sounds like a fun day and I thought I would like to take part,” Rick said.

Self-styled Treefella Harvey Bryce will conduct a wood-working demonstration before lunch at Pioneer Cottage this Sunday.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.