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Having a hoot . . .Siblings Heidi (7) and Marcus (5) Lucassen, of Mataura, show off their finished pine cone owls. PHOTOS: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

Pine cone owls were made by children who spent time at the Mataura Blokes Shed during the school holidays.

One of the Mataura Blokes Shed organisers, John Ranstead, said the Blokes Shed was open on Wednesday mornings anyway, so it was nice to have the children visit.

“Ele [Mr Ranstead’s wife] suggested we bring some kids down and we said ‘that’s no problem’ – they just fit in no problem,” Mr Ranstead said.

The children had been “doing pretty well” and they were quite creative.

“It gives them something to do and gets them out of the house and they can go out and join in with some other members of the community. Some of these old tradesmen here know a few things, too.”

Mr Ranstead said it was a good way to fill in the morning and have some fun.

“It was great to see Marcus and Heidi [Lucassen] using the hammer because their dad is a great builder and it’s nice to see them using the tools.”

St Peter’s College pupil Barry McCone (14) also helped out.

“It’s good to have Barry along to help out as well – it’s good to have the bigger kids helping the little kids,” Mr Ranstead said.

Barry said he liked coming to the Blokes Shed as he enjoyed building and helping out.

Mr Ranstead said it was awesome helping the children and it was something different for them to do.

The Blokes Shed was open once a week and Mr Ranstead said the people who came along pottered around and had a bit of fun.

“We get jobs done as well. We’ve been fixing up bikes for the school and things like that.”