Carving his way to recognition

2017-04-11 06:01
 Photo: suppliedWoodworker Alfred Manyange with some of his carvings.

Photo: suppliedWoodworker Alfred Manyange with some of his carvings.

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IT takes a creative genius to use discarded tree fellings and see the potential for a piece of art, however this is exactly what woodworker Alfred Manyange does.

This 30-year-old father of two said career in the arts started in 2000 with stonework and two years later, after felling a tree, he decided to carve it into a sculpture and was amazed with the result.

“I loved having the freedom of shaping the wood into anything I want it to be. Whenever I see the result I am amazed at what I have achieved.

“My friends and family have encouraged me to sell my products at the market and I have since opened a stall at the Shongweni Farmers’ Market.”

He does take orders, however, whatever he makes is from the heart and by “gut instinct”.

Manyange uses Jacaranda wood as it is easily obtained in the Upper Highway area and gives the product a good finish.

“I want my products to last a lifetime, and I like using good-quality wood.”

He said he is proud to be able to use his talent to make a living.

“People sit back and complain about unemployment, yet they are not trying to make a difference.

“I have no university education, yet I found my talent in my hands and I am using it.”

Manyange said he is willing to teach the trade to those that are serious about learning.

“It is time-consuming and tough, yet it is all worthwhile. If people are passionate about wood work I will gladly teach them how to carve wood into art, and they can use the skill to support their families as well.”

Anyone interested in learning the trade or who would like to buy some of his artwork, can phone Manyange on 061 223 6155 or visit his stall at the Shongweni Farmers’ Market.

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