BOB Aulsebrook still can't get the thought of innocent lives being lost in Christchurch, New Zealand massacre out of his mind.
He just cannot comprehend that someone could kill 50 other people.
The Nowra resident is known for his ornate wood carvings and has just finished his latest project.
He wants to donate his latest bench to the Shoalhaven community as a memorial for people who died in Christchurch.
"It [the massacre] has really hit me," he said.
"What I would like to do, and I might be dreaming, is to give it to council, or someone in the city to put it in a public place as recognition of what has happened in New Zealand.
"People then might want to kick in some money which we could then send to the mayor of Christchurch to use in whatever way they decide is fitting.
"The massacre has just hit me in the guts and I still can't comprehend it."
In the past, he donated carvings to schools and pre-schools, including one to Nowra Hill Public School and St Michael's School, as memorials to students who passed away.
It's been a while since he undertook such a project.
One of his friends got the project started when he sent Mr Aulsebrook a photo of an ornate wood carving which sparked the Nowra's resident's memory.
Bob, the chainsaw woodcarver, had taken a photo of the same bench when he was in Canada for the Chetwynd Invitational Chainsaw Carving Championship a few years ago.
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Mr Aulsebrook said he gets photos from people suggesting projects for him to carve regularly.
"Everyone sees someone made from wood and so they send me a photo of it," he said.
He started work on the project in January but it took him four months to get radiata pine log he could work on.
He said the log was about four foot in diameter, nearly 10 foot long and weighed just over three tonnes.
It took him three months to complete the project.
"It's the biggest and best project I have ever done," he said
The challenge drove him to do the project.
It gives him much pleasure to stand back look at the bench and say 'I did that'.
Mr Aulsebrook, if council does not like his plans, is willing to consider other suggestions.
However, he ideally would like the bench to be placed somewhere in the council chambers.
"Put it in the chambers and it will be from the people of the Shoalhaven for the people from Christchurch and responsibly we could collect some donations," he said.
He also wants to come up with fitting words for a plaque to go on the bench.