Mr Roy Buckley has been involved in woodturning for 35 years.
Mr Buckley helped found the West Auckland Woodturners Guild in 1983 and has served as President. He organised meetings and night classes at Green Bay High School until a club room became available. These classes led to the establishment of four other clubs around Auckland. He started Saturday engineering days where he showed how to manufacture new tools and chucks to simplify woodturning.
He constructed and maintained 24 lathes at his own expense, which he has taken around schools to promote woodturning, as well as giving seminars and demonstrations around Auckland. He is currently a member of Franklin Woodturners and runs a programme for Year 10 students at Waiuku College, as well as at Waipipi and Awhitu Schools. He has been a judge at Kawerau National Woodskills Festival for 16 years and Chief Judge for 10 of those years.
He helped establish the biannual competition at Waitara and judged the inaugural year. He was recognised by the National Association of Woodturners in 1993 for his efforts in promoting woodturning in schools. Within the wider community Mr Buckley has been a caring caller for St John for 17 years and a member and President of the Matakawau Boat Club committee.