Uncle Charlie Binge
Uncle Charlie Binge is a senior elder of the Kamilaroi tribe.
His totem is the emu (Dhinawan). Uncle Charlie is a tool maker and wood carver, and he learnt his craft when he was young from his elders many years ago.
Uncle Charlie makes traditional tools and weapons a few different ways, and one of these is the ancient method of burning and scraping. This is done by hardening the timber in the fire, then scraping off the burnt outer layer which makes the wood harder and smooth. It can also dry out green timber to decrease future cracking.