Painstaking pursuit earns surprise reward

Seddons mouldmaker

Seddon’s Fibrous Plaster Company mould maker Dave Wenlock creates another masterpiece. For the past 20 years, Dave Wenlock says he has spent most of his weekdays getting plastered. And now, much to his surprise, he has won an award for it.

The 36-year-old is a mould maker at Seddon’s Fibrous Plaster Company, in Mosgiel, and has just been awarded a Pride of Workmanship certificate by the Rotary Club of Dunedin North.

Unbeknown to him, he was nominated for the award by his boss, John Seddon.
”I didn’t know anything about it until one day, at work, he [Mr Seddon] just said I’m taking you out for dinner at the Rotary Club.

”I thought, oh, OK. It was a big surprise when they presented the award to me.

”I didn’t know it existed when I went there. It was a good night.”

Mr Wenlock has spent the past 20 years creating moulds and then pouring fibrous plaster or glass reinforced concrete into them to create interior ornamental mouldings, gas fire surrounds, and new unique cornices for house builds across the lower South Island.

”You have to have quite an artistic flair to do the job. You also need an eye for detail and a cool temper.

”It gets very frustrating because the moulds are very detailed and you can be standing in the one spot for about five hours, working on a wee piece of the mould.

”A lot of people can get fed up with that.
”I’m a perfectionist which doesn’t help. I like to do it once, do it right.”
Mr Wenlock said it was nice to be recognised for all his hard work.

By John Lewis , Otago Daily Times

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