Gary Rance was the demonstrator for the evening. Gary is a well known production turner and he decided to show us the making of a small box with an insert in the lid.
The wood was Bocote which has a marvellous grain pattern, however, this particular blank had a serious crack down it which gave quite a few headaches but Gary persevered with it. The box itself was made using the usual processes but Gary did explain the techniques he uses to achieve the accuracy. The insert was one that he had made previously comprising a body of boxwood, an ebony ring and a centre of what looked like cherry. This was offset from the centre for interest. This was turned to size and then the box lid had a recess turned to match it. Again many tips, techniques and processes were discussed and demonstrated.
The finished box looked really nice even though the crack was still present so we saw lots of ways to get over problems that we all encounter.
To finish the evening Gary made a small Christmas tree bauble which showed off a whole new series of processes.