Club Night – 16th October 2019

This evening was a hands on with 2 lathes set up and a number of people doing little bits and pieces. Unfortunately there were only a small number of members there but we did have an entertaining evening with a good exchange of information, tips and banter.

Club Night – 2nd October 2019

Adrian Finch made a demonstration tonight and it was his first club demonstration so he was given a warm welcome. His first comment was that he would not tell us what he was making, we had to guess. The first person to give the correct answer would get a Yorkie bar (other chocolate bars are available). The 3 components of his project was a large copper sleeve, a brass plumbing fitting and a sizeable chunk of Ash, which from the look of it showed promise for some good figuring.

Having turned the Ash to round he created a spigot for the chuck and mounted the wood in place. The first diameter was turned down so that the copper sleeve fitted onto it. Over the next part of the evening Adrian stepped down the wood three times. The wood lived up to it’s promise of good figuring, but even at the tea break we could still not work out what it was and, bearing in mind Adrian’s wacky ideas, it was not surprising. Finally Mick Denton blurted out (more in jest than anything else) ‘Telescope’ and that earned him the Yorkie bar.

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Adrian then worked the project to a finish. Overall we got to have a sense of the unknown, a demonstration of spindle turning and use of materials other than wood. Not only that there was some light hearted banter making the evening very entertaining.

The competition for October heralded a substantial and competitive table, so much so that there was one winner and 4 equal seconds.

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First was Bob Green with a pair of plywood bowls.

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The four second places went to Bryan Turner, David Hartley, Mick Denton and Arthur Ellis. Congratulations to one and all and thank you for the effort put into the work for the competition.

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Club Night – 18th September 2019

Gerald Hubbard undertook this demonstration which was designed to provide instruction and little nuggets of knowledge from a very experienced woodturner.

His first part was to produce a garden dibber which he showed us at normal speed to show how quickly they can be made. He then proceeded to show the process as a step by step guide including use of the skew chisel and a marking out template.

The second part was to make a small lidded box often described as a tooth fairy box. Gerald described it as a one handed fit lidded box. This means that the lid is sufficiently loose to be able to remove it using just one hand. Gerald started this process from first principles and explained actions such as measuring, facing off, hollowing, witness marks, Jam chucks and much more.

The final part was to fill the time so he made a 2 part mushroom.

All in all this was a very entertaining, informative and inspirational demonstration.

Club Night – 4th September 2019.

This evening was a hands on session which ended up with Roger Gilbert making a lidded box, Duncan Anderson providing a little tuition and Mick Denton doing a sharpening workshop. Many thanks to those contributors to the evening, there were plenty of opportunities to learn something of use.

The evening also hosted the September competition which was well subscribed with many varied projects all of high quality, it was difficult to decide which was your favourite.

1st place went to Geoff Warr with a Laburnum vase

Equal 2nd were Bob Green with a lidded box along with Glyn Jennings also with a box

3rd place went to Clive Bryant with a pen holder in the shape of an elephant and a pen. 

Club Night – 7th August 2019

Mick Denton has been experimenting with resin as part of his turning and this evening he regaled us with the progress that he has made so far. This included the errors and mishaps and then the gradual understanding of the process.This was a very interesting and entertaining evening giving an insight into the problems and rewards that resin brings to the turning process.

Club Night – 7th August 2019

The demonstrator tonight was one of our members Geoff Warr who said that he wanted to demonstrate the turning of a Femisphere, which had everyone in the room saying “a what?”.

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The thing on top of the pedestal is a femisphere

The form required split turning and 2 axis turning apparently. Geoff had made up the blank already and it was held together with double sided tape. We are not sure if Geoff’s comment about the double sided tape always holding was the kiss of death but unfortunately with a heavyish catch the blank split. Without any backup Geoff had to abandon that and continued with creating a candlestick made up in 3 sections. This demonstrated faceplate and spindle turning including making spigots for gluing pieces together.

The base
The spindle
More of the spindle
The cup
The finished candlestick

We also had the August competition which was really well represented this month with a table full of pieces to peruse.

First place was a lidded pot which fittingly was made by our demonstrator Geoff Warr. (The lid was made from a core from the centre of the bowl).

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2nd place was a 3 way tie with a pestle and mortar by Clive Bryant, A flask type vase by Bryan Turner and an inside out turned lamp by Roger Gilbert

3rd place went to a nice little threaded thimble box by Gerald Hubbard.

Club Night – 17th July 2019

This was a much anticipated demonstration by Emma Cook who proposed to make a LED lit Christmas tree decoration. The several examples that she had on show certainly whetted our appetite for this demonstration. The project consisted of a glass bauble and a string of very small LED lights with finely turned finials. To try to describe everything that Emma demonstrated is not an option, as she covered most of what is involved with spindle turning of finials. There were tips and tricks coming almost continuously with Emma’s running commentary. Needless to say everyone learned something from the night or were reminded of something that they had forgotten. This was an excellent demonstration and all of the attendees appreciated the expertise on show.

Creating the finial
Undercut to fit the globe
Top finial
Threading the lights into the globe
The finished decoration
All lit up

Club Night – 3rd July

This was a hands on evening with 3 lathes set up and all in use plus the sharpening station in place. The members using the lathes were practising their tool skills and also testing out some new tools. The other lathe was being used for instruction by Mick Denton on the art and techniques of creating finials. The sharpening station had some use with instructions on sharpening different tools. Overall this was a relaxed but informative evening with the opportunity to socialise and discuss turning (and non turning) related topics. It is well worthwhile attending the hands on events because there is always something you can pick up on and take away to try yourself.

The July competition table was a little sparse but held some quality pieces which was nice to see. The winner was Clive Bryant with a well constructed and decorative condiment set.

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Second was Roger Gilbert with a very nicely presented spalted beech bowl.

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Third spot went to one of our newer members (and very aptly named) Bryan Turner with a well crafted and practical lidded box.

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Club Night – 6th June 2019

This evening was billed as the Three Musketeers with a difference. One of the usual line up was unavailable so the guys called upon a trusty D’Artagnan to help, so the line up was Mick Denton, Roger Gilbert and Geoff Warr. Between themselves they set a task of producing their own individual take on a bottle stopper.

The woodturning principles for each of them was basically the same, using standard spindle turning techniques and tools. However, the designs were subtly different with Mick using a glued up blank to produce a striped pattern, Roger produced a snowman themed stopper for Christmas (yes it is coming around again!!) and Geoff used a golf ball as a finial.

There were also 2 options for the seal for the bottle with the use of drilled corks glued onto a small spigot and rubber seal from drinks optics which had to be trimmed slightly in length to fit snuggly in the bottle. This did not involve gluing but relied on a bead retainer and interference fit. Maybe you can come up with your own ideas on this.

The demonstrations also included the techniques of reverse chucking, wooden jam chucks, finishing with wax sticks, the dreaded skew chisel (although this demo debunked some of the reasons for this fear) along with many other tips and tricks that these experienced turners gave us.

Not only that, there was a nice balance between the serious stuff and the banter and light heartedness that made the evening pass quickly and made it really entertaining.

The June competition was well represented with the result throwing up a tie for first place. The 2 pieces that came first were and inside out turned vase and bullrush made by Clive Bryant and a large salad bowl by Mick Denton. Third place was a dish made by Tony Lack. Well done to all participants and especially to the top three for their excellent work.

Club Night – 15th May 2019


Tonight Gerald Hubbard stood in for the evenings demonstration. He said the decision on what to do was simple bearing in mind the excellent result at Woodworks (see Club Notices page). The practice he put in for the gavel and anvil were ideal preparation for the evening. First he created the handle from a piece of laburnum as a spindle turning between centres, turning the shape and adding decoration as required.

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It was sanded and then finished with sanding sealer and a wax finish. The gavel body was turned from a pre-constructed blank with a hole drilled for the handle made from a box wood body with ebony ends bonded to it. This too was set between centres and turned to almost complete, adding embellishments as wanted.

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Great care was taken to ensure the body was reproduced as a mirror image either side of the centre hole. The body was sanded but Gerald had to be very careful that the dark wood dust did not contaminated the light colour. To achieve this separate abrasives were used on the different colours. The light wood was sealed with sanding sealer again being careful about contamination. The body was then mounted in wood jaws which were made from pieces of wood screwed to special chuck jaws and then turned specifically to hold the body.

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This allowed Gerald to drill a hole in the end for a decorative insert, which were turned and glued into the body. The ends of the gavel were then finish turned and sanded, sealed and finished as required. The anvil black was mounted in a chuck and turned to a pleasing design then finished as required.

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The body and the handle could then be glued and assembled. All in all this was a very interesting demonstration and bearing in mind the short time frame for the evening was completed really well. There are lots of techniques and tips that could be taken from the demonstration.