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No 93 November-December 2020

The Shed is Eclectic, informed and always fascinating, there is something to interest everyone in The Shed. Aimed at those with a few tools and perhaps a few clues, this is the magazine for real sheddies. Packed with ideas, projects, advice and peeks into other people’s sheds.

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New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
skills, patience, and passion

Acceptance doesn’t happen; it unfolds, I reckon, and it takes all sorts to make the world go round. I learnt this early on in my publishing career. When I started in this editing a magazine lark some 30 years ago, as the editor of New Zealand Classic Car magazine, I came to the role with some pretty inbuilt prejudices — against classic cars not people, I hasten to add. My classic car preference was for — as I very quickly discovered many car enthusiasts called them — ‘Pommy rust buckets’. That was me, loved ’em. I grew up watching them come onto the market with a new model and a (frequently dreary) new colour palette each year. It was all really exciting to this urban boy. I was educated later that non-urban…

13 min.
the tempero legend

“He’s passionate and talented with an enormous skill base” Much as even the most accomplished sheddie might like to think otherwise, there is no way to emulate Rod Tempero’s success in building replicas of fabulous mid-20th-century European-style sports racing cars. Anyone who had the networks and upfront cash to find and afford the components, and the skills, tools, staff, time, and perfectionism required, would still lack that certain je ne sais quoi. Call it ‘genius’ — John Reitveld does. A long-time friend and client, orthopaedic surgeon John Rietveld puts Rod in the same class as the Kiwi motorbike/jetboat mavens John Britten and Bill Hamilton. “He’s passionate and talented with an enormous skill base that isn’t really appreciated. He’s very clever but he’s also very humble. I don’t think he recognizes his own uniqueness and…

1 min.
part of the secret to the tempero success: genetics

The Tempero name is possibly Portuguese but the family can trace its antecedents back to 1660 in England. Rod’s father Errol is a second-generation coachbuilder. One of Errol’s grandfathers was a wheelwright; the other a blacksmith. Alan Tempero, Errol’s father, was a coach motor-body builder who learnt his trade in Oamaru and Timaru before World War I. Errol was apprenticed to him in 1952 and took over the business in 1970 at the end of the metal-body era when fibreglass was being introduced. “Terrible stuff,” says Errol. “We had been building ambulances and buses and were looking for something to use our skills in the trade. I had five or six staff at the time and in the late 1970s Rod came into the business as an apprentice.” Rod wanted his own car…

2 min.
henry’s rod shop opens in katikati

On Saturday, 25 July, Henry’s Rod Shop threw open its doors and staged an open day to celebrate. Classic American and European cars as well as bikes turned up in force on what turned out to be a near-perfect, blue-sky day. To make sure no one had to rush home for a feed, the Katikati Volunteer Fire Brigade sold sausages off the barbecue. Brigade funds must have been swelled nicely, with loads of people cruising in for a look at all the gleaming machinery on show. Funny how dribbling over shiny cars makes you hungry! The workshop had been given a good spruce up, so if you dropped your snarler on the floor it was no problem to pick it up and carry on eating! The espresso machine worked hard all day,…

7 min.
what about uncle alf?

Letter of the MONTH I enjoy the articles in all of your magazines, and look forward to buying each issue. Regarding your article by Ritchie Wilson, Engines Enable Exploration (July–August 2020, Issue No. 91), in the section ‘The Hamilton jet is born’, Mr Wilson stated that “The breakthrough, which resulted in a much more effective propulsion system, was to have the jet of water squirting at the water surface rather than into the water below the surface. This idea was so successful that it allowed Bill to redirect his Christchurch-based engineering company away from its heavy-engineering work.” Nowhere in his article does it state who came up with the idea of squirting the water on top. The above passage leads the uninformed reader to believe that it was in fact Bill Hamilton. “Hamilton…

3 min.
seize the day and train for free

Perhaps there is something you’ve always had a hankering to do but the cost of retraining or full-time study was too high, or perhaps you know school leavers or someone who needs to find a new career as a result of Covid impacts — if so, then read on. For anyone waiting for the right moment to commit to a new future, this is that moment! In July, the government announced a training initiative making technical training courses free, to support New Zealand’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. Several primary and secondary industries are short of qualified new entrants and, as Covid-19 is also causing many people to reassess their careers, the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), developed in association with industry and training organizations, has been designed to help…