He calls himself The Bored Boy, but Enzo Vaccarezza is anything but.
When the quiet 10-year-old is not hard at work with school commitments, he spends his time mountain biking and fishing on the Nottingham Road farm where he lives with dad Martin, mom Chantelle and 11-year-old sister Micaela.
And when he’s not doing that he is making cheese, bread and chopping boards, which he sells at local markets.
Why? Because soon he is going to trade in that mountain bike for a motorbike and needs the funds to get his set of wheels.
Martin is a master carpenter, so it made sense for Enzo to turn whatever scrap timber was lying around in the workshop into something useful, and make money doing so.
“I started making the boards about three months ago. I use saligna, oak and meranti. My dad helps me cut the shapes, then I add the handles and do a lot of sanding to get them right.”
Enzo has sold his products at markets in the Nottingham Road and Rosetta areas, and is hoping to take them to the Christmas markets at St Ives and Karkloof.
They range in price from R90 to R200, with his cheese boards selling for R150.
Since he started plying his trade, Enzo has made R2000, which is safely stashed away for that bike. So look out for him at local markets and help him to reach his goal.
In the meantime, he will be in Martin’s workshop or cycling to the farm’s dams and rivers, where he fishes for bass and trout. He also enjoys reading and growing vegetables.
And when he grows up? “I want to be a marine biologist.”
*This regular feature in The Meander Chronicle is sponsored by Midmar Group.