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March 15, 2012
LSMT Chris Bailey
(pictured left and
bottom) with some
of the works of
art made from
scraps at HMAS
Photos: Cpl Nick Wiseman
Cpl Nick Wiseman
WORKSHOP scraps may not ordinarily make the best
farewell gifts for people but one young sailor from
HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin is making gifts that do
A marine technician of eight years, LS Chris Bailey
found he wanted to keep busy during lunch times and
breaks and started tinkering around the workshop with
left over scraps.
"I don't like having breaks, I get bored too easy,"
LS Bailey said.
"After I finished my lunch one day I picked some
scraps up and started playing."
Made from scraps such as offcuts, broken bolts and
washers, his works of art are so carefully crafted that
his skills have been called upon to create memorable
gifts for leaving COs.
LS Bailey said he had been asked to make a coffee
table as a presentation and farewell gift for the former
HMAS Coonawarra CO.
"I initially made one for a mate who was leaving
and it just went from there," LS Bailey said.
"It's great to get recognition for my work."
His works have even started catching the eye of the
community with people offering him money which has
made him think about turning this hobby into a busi-
ness later on.
After a year of creating his works he has now put
together a portfolio featuring photos of little insects,
furniture, animals, birds and even a large wedge-tailed
Unable to focus in one area in particular, LS Bailey
enjoys learning new skills to expand his repertoire fur-
thering the type of creations he builds.
Once he decides on a particular idea he researches a
little to ensure he can create the idea in his head, often
with only a single photograph to go from.
The time spent on these projects varies from only a
couple of hours through to more than a day's worth of
A by-product of doing these projects is that he
keeps his skills up and often encourages the more
junior sailors to try similar projects to expand on their
own skill sets.
Always keen to expand his ideas and talk about his creations,
LS Bailey is keen to hear from other like-minded sailors and
can be contacted on email@example.com.
Hobby becomes work of art for one sailor
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