Leadlight in the garden

ONE year when Adrienne McVerry couldn’t afford to buy her husband a birthday present, the idea of a leadlight post came about.

She found a bit of wood down by a river bank and went to work on her creation to surprise him.

The two, from Tuchkoi in the Mary Valley, have been making and selling their outdoor tubs and leadlight posts for about five years from their property and at expos and gardening shows.

The leadlight posts start with a piece of old wood, with a section cut out by chainsaw. Mrs McVerry fills in with stained glass.

“It throws light into the timber and into the garden,” she said.

Mrs McVerry and her husband Paul were selling their wares at the Wondai Garden Expo at the weekend.

Mrs McVerry also makes concrete tubs while husband Paul works on the timber frame.

The system is simple; the tub sits in the back yard hooked up to a hose and operates like any normal hand basin.

“The water runs straight out into the garden,” she said.

Mrs McVerrry said the system was great for rural backyards so the dirt from doing the work could stay outside.

“They’ve become so popular, people have been asking me to make bases for outdoor showers.”

They source the timber for their creations from anywhere they can, including an old piggery in Wondai.

The McVerrrys took to making the tubs when they retired and it’s become their passion. Go to www.tuchekoi-tubs.com.

Source: Katherine Morris