04 Jun 2020
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.