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TIMBER suppliers Covers Timber and Builders Merchants have been supporting a former electrician from Cosham to produce a wooden crane to move objects without engine mechanics.

Retired electrician John Hayes, 76, has always been fascinated by history and the methods used to move heavy objects, such as stoneware, without the use of modern-day mechanics.

John said of his project: ‘I have always been good with my hands and really wanted to create what I think is the only possible way to move large, heavy objects without the luxury of engine mechanics.

‘I needed good quality timber to construct my crane and the support of Covers, being a well-known and local company was exactly what I needed.’

The wooden-framed crane uses the weight of the object being lifted to its advantage.