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From plans to a new lodge for Motu Kaikoura

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From plans to a new lodge for Motu Kaikoura

Cutshop works on projects of all shapes and sizes but one job this year captured a special place in our affections.  When the communal kitchen living and dining building on Motu Kaikoura fell victim to an arson attack in 2013, it deprived the island reserve of a much-needed resource to accommodate research workers, volunteers and educational groups groups – and the insurance claim didn’t cover the cost of a rebuild.  The team from Strachan Group Architects (SGA) decided to step in, setting up a professional development course in collaboration with Architecture + Women NZ, volunteering their time to prefabricate the lodge and gain hands-on experience under the guidance of SGA...

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Rekindling offcuts to help the environment

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Rekindling offcuts to help the environment

Established in Auckland in 2011, Rekindle runs several projects focused on resourcefulness (which they define as the opposite of wastefulness). Their goal is to reduce the amount of reusable waste that goes to landfill, by using design and craft skills to transform and repurpose it.  Their big goal is to change people’s perception of ‘waste’.  Cutshop's offcuts of MDF, plywood, acrylic, aluminium composite materials—even extractor dust are regularly picked up and used by Rekindle.

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Making DIY “SHINE”  with CNC technology

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Making DIY “SHINE” with CNC technology

You know, you needn’t be a tradie to create something spectacular. You just need an idea.  Our CNC machinery and technology enables us to create complicated designs of all shapes (circles, squares and radius corners, etc.)  with minimal human error. Honestly, there isn’t much it can’t do because we have some clever programmers.

The beauty of Cutshop is that we make DIY accessible to everyone — if you can draw it, we can make it. 

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