TRIM AND TAUT: Scaffolders Joshua Stark (left) and Isaac Fromm appear in the Tradesmen Calendar.
TRIM AND TAUT: Scaffolders Joshua Stark (left) and Isaac Fromm appear in the Tradesmen Calendar. Rod Gibson

Tradies go nude for charity

EYES were firmly locked skywards and there was a serious no touching policy between models, but the first Tradesmen of Lismore Calendar will be released on Friday.

Organiser and photographer Rod Gibson captured about 40 Lismore 'tradies' complete with their equipment, with the money raised by the sale of the calendar going to fund a positron emission tomography scanner for the Lismore Base Hospital.

Mr Gibson got the idea of a tradesman calendar after doing a similar calendar of notable 'models' from Clunes last year.

“That raised money for the PET scanner and MP Thomas George, who is the patron, asked what I was going to do to raise money this year,” Mr Gibson said.

“I was in the building industry for 35 years so I knew a few blokes who I thought I could get in the trade calendar.

“Of the 12 I knew, eight pulled out, so I started cold calling businesses. I ended up with about 40 guys.

“The guys were good, but there were plenty looking skyward and a few saying 'don't touch me', especially in the larger groups.”

The April men, Jim Barnes and his mate Brandon Rhodes, were preparing for plenty of stick from their friends.

“I think I might turn off the phone and go away,” Mr Barnes chuckled.

“I got involved through work mates, I know Rod Gibson and I asked what it was for and I thought no worries, that would be fine.”

It was the first time the carpenter had posed nude.

“It was the first time, it's not something you do every day,” he said.

“We had a dry run with the clothes on and then just got into it.

“It was a funny story actually because we were just taking the shots out on a property and there are lots of people who walk their dogs around there.

“Just as we were getting dressed a woman starting walking past with a dog. I was getting my shirt on and Brandon was pulling up his pants so it looked a bit suss, but we were all cracking up.”

And with about 600 calendars going on sale, Mr Barnes' wife Lisa is said to be okay with him hanging all around Lismore.

“She was all for it,” he said.

“She probably had the biggest laugh than anyone. She doesn't mind because it's all for a good cause.”

The launch for the calendar will be held this Friday night at the Goonellabah Tavern, from 6.30pm. Those attending the opening can buy the calendar, which will retail for $12.50, for $10.



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