Gerald Hubbard was our demonstrator for the evening and his first project was to use a Banksia Nut to create an innovative light using LED string lights. The nut was turned to shape and cored out so that the wire could be threaded through and that some light would shine out through the seed holes. Banksia Nuts are quite fibrous and they produce a serious amount of dust so full ppe was necessary. Once turned and sanding sealer applied a stiff brush was used to remove stray fibres.
To ensure the globe sat correctly in the top of the nut Gerald had to turn a corresponding dish. The project was not completed because Gerald only wanted to demonstrate the principles of turning the nut and assembling the light system which he did to the trial fit stage. This proved to be an interesting and informative demonstration which may have inspired some to take on a Banksia and others among us to look for another challenge.
Gerald also then went on to demonstrate turning a mushroom using the offcut end of the Banksia Nut and a piece of decking offcut for the stem. The nut made a very interesting mushroom top with the seed holes showing well on both surfaces. To fill in the reaminder of the time Gerald showed us a 20mm diameter knitting needle that he creates and sells at craft fairs. He used a commercial dowel, turning it to a long tapering point and then making a button for the blunt end.
Overall the evening provided insights into turning an unusual material and we all learned something.
The night started with the Extraordinary General Meeting which was primarily aimed at agreeing the future subscriptions. Mick Denton tabled the proposed subscription increases and explained the reasons for having to make these changes. The reasons provided were the cost of professional woodturners, an additional charge by the venue hosts for storage of the equipment. After a little discussion and some questions the meeting voted unanimously to the increases which are outlined below.
The yearly membership subscription charge will now be £15.00 and will be due immediately.
The evening meeting fees will now be £5.00 per meeting with the optional raffle ticket at £1.00.
Any visitors or prospective new members will pay the evening meeting fee of £5.00.
The meeting also included presentation of “Turner of the Year” prize which is for the person that has accumulated the most points over the season in the monthly competition. The winner for this year (bearing in mind Covid restrictions) was Clive Bryant so congratulations to him on this award. Below is the photo of Clive accepting his award from Roger Gilbert who organises the competitions.
The meeting then progressed with Adrian Finch doing a demonstration. He admitted straight away that he did not know what he was going to do, but he had several blanks the audience having to decide which he should use. It was just after this that Adrians luck for the evening ran out. The blank chosen had a problem with woodworm so by the time he cleared that the blank was probably half its size. He had started to make a shallow bowl / dish which unfortunately he managed to blow the bottom our of. He mounted another blank to try to salvage the bowl but this was a glue up and the glues seemed to take the edge off the tools. However, he finally manged to produce a foot that fitted snugly into the hole in the bowl and produced a finished project although not to his usual standards. However, we appreciated his perseverance and it does prove that with a little imagination mistakes can be recovered so do not give up.