Buzz on The Block

DIFFERENCE OF OPINION: The dining table custom-made for Gizzy Hard pair Amy Moore and Stu Watts did not appeal to judges on reality TV show The Block. The table was made by Beebox Honey co-owner Mike Burt. Media Works picture
PRINT POWER: A print of kowhai dominates one wall in the kitchen/dining room created by Amy Moore and Stu Watts for reality TV show The Block. Gisborne artist Jess Jacobs offered the pair a print from her native flower series, and the kowhai was a perfect match for the yellow colour scheme. MediaWorks picture

The judges thought Beebox Honey co-owner Mike Burt’s bee box table was too rustic for Amy Moore and Stu Watts’s chic dining area in reality show The Block.

Moore and Watts thought otherwise. They had one already so the designer of the duo asked Burt to custom-build the second one for The Block.

Hive boxes Burt repurposes for items such as the table he created for The Block were made by “old tinkerers”.

“I’m forever culling out odd-sized boxes,” he says.

“They used to burn them back in the day. I can dig into the old boxes and make them into tables.”

Burt has a toolshed where he makes his own hives.

“I have all the tools I need. In winter I can practice my woodwork. All I know is what Sam Tanner taught me at Boys’ High. I put a linseed-beeswax mix on to the timber. It brings out the colour.”

The judges thought Beebox Honey co-owner Mike Burt’s bee box table was too rustic for Amy Moore and Stu Watts’s chic dining area in reality show The Block.

Moore and Watts thought otherwise. They had one already so the designer of the duo asked Burt to custom-build the second one for The Block.

Hive boxes Burt repurposes for items such as the table he created for The Block were made by “old tinkerers”.

“I’m forever culling out odd-sized boxes,” he says.

“They used to burn them back in the day. I can dig into the old boxes and make them into tables.”

Burt has a toolshed where he makes his own hives.

“I have all the tools I need. In winter I can practice my woodwork. All I know is what Sam Tanner taught me at Boys’ High. I put a linseed-beeswax mix on to the timber. It brings out the colour.”

Perfect colour match

Gisborne artist Jess Jacobs loved the work Block-heads Amy Moore and Stu Watts produced on TV reality show so much she offered them a print from her native flower series.

“Amy was happy to accept the work,” says Jacobs.

“It tied in with her yellow-themed dining-kitchen area. She said the high quality print looked amazing.”

Jacobs has produced limited prints in the past and due to demand has decided to release a small limited edition of a few select works. She produced this work as part of a large garden series several years ago. Much of the work is based on visits to arts patron Jack Richards’ garden at Wainui Beach.

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