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Work of love a monument for a mate

LOVING WORK: Mick Brown of the Men’s Shed in front of the desk found at the brewery that has been reassembled and restored. It will be sold with proceeds going to charity. Photo: Adam Hourigan
LOVING WORK: Mick Brown of the Men’s Shed in front of the desk found at the brewery that has been reassembled and restored. It will be sold with proceeds going to charity. Photo: Adam Hourigan Adam Hourigan

A FIFTY-year-old English oak desk from the defunct Grafton Brewery is a monument for a mate says the desk's restorer Mick Brown.

Mick and fellow Grafton Men's Shed member Dennis Butler worked for months returning the desk to full operational glory.

But shortly before the project finished Mr Butler died, before he could see his and Mick's handiwork fully assembled and complete.

"Dennis spent a lot of time doing things to the desk, rubbing it back and getting it into shape," Mick said.

"It was pretty sudden. He was complaining of chest pains. It must have been a heart attack.

"He saw it almost done, but didn't see it finished, which is a real shame."

Mick described the piece as an old-fashioned island desk, which was rumoured to have been a manager's desk at the brewery.

"We had the top of the desk for ages in a rack of bits and pieces," Mick said.

"Then the brewery site owner Les McGill rang up to tell us he had found the bottom piece."

Mick said both pieces were in good shape and needed minimal work.

"It just needed a bit of straightening then it was cleaning and sanding it," he said.

"We put a new leatherette top on it and it was right to go."

He said the desk was available for sale for around $300 from the Men's Shed.

"The profits from it will go to charity," Mick said.

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