by Judi Cox
First off I would like to say that I am a parent with a Cub Scout who is eagerly pursuing his Mahogany Award, having seen my older son reach this milestone last year.
By now, I am sure that most persons are aware that this Award is the highest one a Cub Scout can get in his lifetime and I am one of those parents who love to get involved with my children whether they are working on school projects or Cub Scouts programmes.
Having said that, when the Akela (Cub Leader) organised that the boys who were on track in pursuing their Mahogany Award were visiting a specialist in the field, I jumped at the opportunity to go along and all I can say is, at the end of the visit I was extremely impressed with the joiner and I have a new and greater respect for the trade. I share my thoughts and this report with you and I am sure you will be please with the end result of our visit.
On Saturday the First Barbados Sea Scouts Cub Pack visited the Joiner Shop of Richard Ward, located on Culloden Road. This visit was for the boys to gain knowledge about the mahogany tree and its uses as partial fulfillment of the Mahogany Award. Ward, a joiner/cabinet maker with over 35 years of experience was more than accommodating and happy to discuss and show the boys how the mahogany is taken from a tree to a finished product.
During the visit, Ward demonstrated how he created works of art from a fallen mahogany tree. The boys were allowed to create their own chair leg under Ward’s careful direction. They were all very happy for that practical demonstration.
Ward explained to the eager pack that our local mahogany wood is considered the best in the world; however trees are not logged for their wood. The wood is harvested only if the tree falls or if a branch is trimmed. He further stated that the mahogany wood has many uses, ranging from boat and ship construction in the fishing industry, fuel for cooking, craft industry and even for tanning leather.