PRIMEX was the place to be to see some of the interesting hobbies people have.

One of those people was Louie Pagura, of Lismore, who loves to do restoration work.

As part of the Mid North Coast Restoration Club, Mr Pagura was at Primex to show off his restored engines.

"It's been a hobby of mine for quite a few years," he said.

"I've always been fascinated by engines since I was a kid.

"I have about 20 at home and it's tremendously satisfying to get something that is rusty and you are able to get it going."

This was true of Mr Pagura's Frost King Junior engine, which was made in the US by the John Lauson Manufacturing Co in 1916.

"Farmers would have used the machines for pumping water, dairy separators and saw benches," he said.

"I don't restore them for the money as none of the engines are for sale."

Not exactly considered a hobby as it is their full-time work but Mark Cooper, of Bentley Forge, and Barry Owen, of Steel Art, were also at Primex to showcase their blacksmithing skills.

"We make customised handrails, gates, balconies and candlestick holders," Mr Cooper said.

"There are a few people who do blacksmithing but it's probably more of a hobby for them."



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