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Emerge: Centre for Fine Woodworking, New Zealand

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and these challenging times we are now living in, we wanted to let you know that this year there will not be an official opening of our exhibition. However, the exhibition will still go ahead at Refinery Artspace from 16 December – 22 January.

Our exhibition will showcase student work from the full time and short course programme and information about our exciting new project in mentoring a new generation of teachers with generous funding from Creative New Zealand.

The exhibition will also be the formal launch of the Thorkild Hansen Scholarship Programme with details of how you may be able to help support this project.

Thank you for your support past, present and future
Warm regards from the small but might team at
Centre for Fine Woodworking

Our exhibition will have some general information about this inaugural scholarship offering a young person from the Top of the South a fully paid place on the 8-week Beginners Intensive Programme – one person each year for at least the next five years.

We are really pleased with the donations already received for this scholarship and have fundraised enough so far for the 2022 / 23 recipients. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to those kind and generous people who have made a donation.

Please do consider supporting us in one of these ways:-
• We are looking to fundraise a total of $45000 to be able to offer the scholarship from 2022 – 2027 at which point we will review the project. In just a few short weeks we have so far raised nearly $18000 just through initial conversations. If you are able to help in any way your donation would be very much appreciated.
• Alternatively, do you own, or know of a business that might be able to help get the word out, sponsor us or contribute in some other way to make this ongoing project a great success?
• If you know of any young person in our region who would be a potential candidate for this scholarship then please do everything you can to encourage them to apply.
This is something we can do to honour Thorkild and his family and offer a young person a wonderful opportunity in life and create a legacy.

It is with deep, deep sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the loss of Thorkild Hansen who died on Saturday at home surrounded by his loving family after a long and valiant fight with mesothelioma.
Thorkild has been a huge part of the Centre for Fine Woodworking over the last fourteen years – through thick and thin, good times and bad, an absolutely natural and generous teacher, mentor and guide. It is no exaggeration to say that without his input our school would not have survived and thrived.

Thorkild was a warrior, a gentleman, utterly dedicated, loyal, kind and great fun. He was cheeky, cheerful and highly energetic and a true craftsman who shared his skill and creativity with all who wanted to learn.
Over the last few months since sharing with you that he was at home in palliative care, we have received so many heart-warming emails from his past students. So many emails telling us how much his teaching inspired and continues to inspire – not only in fine woodworking pursuits, but also sharing his eclectic taste in music, his absolute love for life, his stoic battle with his health and of course, the pursuit in striving to be the very best that you can be.

Our love and thoughts are with his wife Miriam and their children Anna, Mary & Bran.
Moe mai, moe mai, moe mai rā, e hoa.
We hold you in our hearts.


Explore the virtual tour at Emegre Exhibition 2021/2022.

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