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Cheetahs' handyman gets busy!

Cheetahs flank GERHARD OLIVIER tells RugbyRocks.com how he put his DIY skills to good use during the lockdown.

My father was a real handyman and owned the local glass-fitting store, so I grew up around a lot of machinery and tools.

My brother and I just loved smashing the scrap glass! He was also into wood furniture restoration and that's where the woodwork bug caught me.

My wife Chante suggested I make a trolley for our daughter and during the lockdown, I was able to make a plan from some scrap wood.


Some of my friends know I love making furniture pieces and commission me to build whatever they want.  

Designing and making more complex pieces for my friends is a great opportunity to test my skills. Their support and money have been a great help to my craft.

I also made shopping trolleys for the Woolworths Food shop at the Engen Northridge in Bloemfontein. The owner of the petrol station, Piek de Ville, who is a good friend of mine, approached me to do it after seeing my work.