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Wayne's set to carve it up online

In Kyogle, Wayne Walker is making boomerangs.
In Kyogle, Wayne Walker is making boomerangs. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

WAYNE Walker is on a mission to make 10,000 boomerangs by Christmas.

He is building up stock ready to start his online business selling a range of boomerangs, woomeras, clap sticks and didgeridoos direct to retailers and the public.

"I used to sell to a wholesaler but by going online I will cut out the middle man," he said.

And in a few weeks time he's off to the states to set up a potential deal to sell his boomerangs through Dollywood in Tennessee.

Dollywood is an amusement park owned by famed country singer Dolly Parton.

The trip to the United States has a more serious side, with Mr Walker planning to meet with local Sioux Native Americans.

"I hope to make a connection with them," he said.

"We want to set it up so the young ones in both countries can get online and keep up a dialogue with each other."

Mr Walker has been in the Northern Territory for the last three years and is setting up his business in Kyogle again.

"It was the first time I have been back there and I was reconnecting with family," he said.

"They took me up into the mountains to see the sun come up on the hills.

"I have seen the colours of my country and now I use all those bright colours in my work on the boomerangs and on my paintings."

Mr Walker has been making boomerangs for thirty years and makes both decorative and flying boomerangs.

He calls the decorative boomerangs his money makers.

"I sell mostly money makers and can knock out about 500 of those a week," he said.

Mr Walker also makes traditional flying boomerangs which he calls come-backers.

These cost around $1 a centimetre to make and can be up to 1m long.

"The flying boomerangs are made out of the elbow of trees and have a sharpened edge for hunting," he said.

Mr Walker plans to convert his workshop in Kyogle into a gallery and move his workshop out of town.

"I plan to work with the local visitor centres to get tourist buses down from the Gold Coast to call in to the gallery," he said.

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