Next Meeting

No meeting in January due to hall maintenance
Feb 2017
Freestyle Competition

See program for meeting details
East Sussex & West Sussex wood turners meet in
Lancing Parish Hall - typically on the first Thursday of the month from.
7:00 to 10:00pm. See Contact for map, and Program for activities.

If you would like to join us please come to any meeting without obligation
and see our Membership Secretary. For further info email us at Enquiries.

November Practical Evening


This months practical evening was a success with a number of turners making
things, plus a succession of people wanting to use the Club's sharpening system
  to re-sharpen
   their tools.

   Left Allan showed
   how big a blank
   you needed to
   start with to make
   a small pot - to
   the surprise of
   some of our members.


Above, Jim entertained members whilst making a weed pot. and below Gerry illustrated what you could make with half a coconut!

   Below are a selection of items entered in our Chairman's Challenge.
   Thanks to all who participated with some interesting pieces.

For our December Chairman's Challenge we are asking members to make Xmas Ornaments to hang on the Club tree. These should be
no larger than 150mm tall and 100mm Round / wide. Any Xmas related topic would be welcome including Santas, Elves, Snowmen, Reindeer, Fairies, Presents, Penguins etc. Let your imagination run wild.

October All Day Demonstration by Mark Sanger

   Mark Sanger drew more members than ever
   to our October All Day Demonstration.

   He first demonstrated one of his 'production'
   bowls, illustrating how to turn one quickly,
   discussing as he went the features that
   enable him to make them efficiently.

   After mounting the Beech blank on a screw
   chuck, Mark trued it up, created a chucking
   spigot, and shaped the underside of the
   bowl. He also cut decorative rings and
   burned them with formica at this stage.

   He then Turned the inside to match the
   outside before reversing to trim up the

   Mark sands using his paste wax to minimise
dust, then applies a generous coat of Danish Oil as his finish of choice for a utilitarian item for food use. If you sell items intended for
food use, it seems sensible to chose a finish that conforms to the 'contact with food regulations'.

   Whilst turning his
   second project, a
   finial box (left), he
   paused for a chat
   on proportions.

   Right, he
   seemed intent
   on re-decorating
   the work he had
   brought to show us
   with as many
   shavings as

As Mark predominantly turns wet wood, it is relatively inexpensive,
he can remove waste wood very quickly with his favourite bowl gouge, and he creates a minimum of dust when sanding. He either rough turns blanks for drying and re-turning, or finishes a piece in a session
   dependent on the
   type of project.

   The last project
   Mark created
   was a tea box
   with a double
   lid to keep the
   tea as fresh as

   As this is based
   on an oriental
   design, intended
   to be lacquered,
   there was no
   need to match
   the grain, so
   the lid could be
   turned and
hollowed first, then parted off. This avoids another operation to create a jam chuck and reverse turn it later. Instead the top can be finished when it is still a tight fit on the box portion of the blank still held in the chuck.

Below are 4 of the five projects Mark turned. He left all our members inspired to rush back to their sheds for another turning session.

   John Plater kindly took the goblet Chris made at our September demonstration
   home with him, where he sanded it to a finish and applied a coat of oil.

   He brought it back for everyone to see the end result.

   Unlikely materials, such as an old auger bit and some Elm offcuts can produce
   an interesting turning.

   November Chairman's Challenge - Colour
   For this challenge, you can either get creative and embellish your work, adding colour with
   paint, dye or any other material
   stick with wood - either using a piece with interesting colour or contrast, or combining
   two or more woods to create a multi coloured natural piece.

   December Chairman's Challenge - Xmas Ornaments
   For Xmas, we would like you to decorate a tree that we will provide.

   Please bring as many ornaments as you like to hang on our tree. They should ideally be
   relatively light for hanging and no larger than 150mm tall and 100mm Round / wide.

   Ideas include Santa, Elves, Snowmen, Reindeer, Fairies, Presents, Penguins etc.

October Meeting

Chris Grace demonstrated inclusion of other materials with wood turned creations.
   Above he starts
   to turn one of
   the whorls for a drop spindle commission for a lady spinner who
   wants to spin fine yarn. The entire spindle had to weigh just 8grams,

   so a logical 
   choice of
   material for the
   shaft, which
needed to be both light and strong, was carbon fibre tube. The whorls are turned
to round whilst pressed against a cork chuck with a steb centre, then transferred
to the wooden jaws illustrated right so that the face can be turned without the
constraint of the centre. The finished prototype is shown above.
   In the second
   half, Chris
   gave members
   a choice of
   what he should
   into a turning,
   and they chose
   an old auger bit!
   Left, Chris started by shaping the outside of what would be an Elm
   goblet with a medium bowl gouge. Below, he starts hollowing the
   inside of the
   bowl. Note he
   is turning with
   the lathe running
   in reverse, so
   that the audience
   can get a better
   view of what he
   is doing.
Above our new remote control pan / tilt / zoom camera system
has been installed on a gantry with repositioned LED lights.
Left we have our new extractor, and right, our PA system.

Only attempt to turn with the
   lathe running in reverse if you
   are comfortable with the technique and can lock your chuck onto your
lathe spindle.
   Having reverse turned the 'bowl' to remove the chucking spigot, and created a base,
   the finished 
   spiral stemmed
   goblet was
   with a
   auger stem.

   Some of
   Chris' other
   can be
   seen right.

   All have
non-wooden elements as an integral part of the overall design.

   Tools 'n' Turnings

   John Plater brought one of his latest bowls for us to see. This one
   is turned from a piece of Sweet Chestnut.

   Gerry Jones took the captive ringed goblets he turned at his previous
   demo home with him to finish them off. He brought them back in to
   show them to us in their finished state.


Earring Stand Competition
We had a fantastic array of designs, see the competition page
for details of the winners

Right are the entries from our Beginners, with the centre right stand
being awarded first place, top right achieved second, and the stand
in the centre came third.

Intermediate entries below, and winners right. 

entries below, and winners right.

September Meeting

   This month was the second time we have put on
   our 4 members a' turning evening, and again it
   was a great success, and included 2 members
   turning in front of us for the first time - well done.

   First up were Gerry, making captive rings and
   Gordon producing a bud vase.
   Whilst Gerry showed us a variety of
   ways of making captive rings, using
   both tools he had purchased, and
   those he made, he also showed
   us some important techniques to
   increase chances of success
   including taping the first ring out
   of the way whilst making the next
   and making 4 when you only need
   3 in case one fails.

   To entertain us he also roughed
   his blank down with an axe,
   demonstrating that the latest tools
   aren't always essential, and
part way through  
   he revealed a
   captive ring
   (above left) that
   he made earlier.

   Gordon managed
   to keep us all
   entertained with
   his boring
   technique and
   went on to turn
   and decorate
   his vase with a
   rotary tool.
   Anna turned a large apple at our
   small lathe's top speed.

   She showed the various chuckings
   needed to turn both the top and
   bottom of the apple.

   She also showed us how she makes
   the spigot she uses to hold the
   apple for final finishing of the bottom.

   She turned the stalk from a small
   blank of Wenge and cut it obliquely.
   Dave showed us
   making goblets.

   Whilst the
   technique he used
   may be familiar
   to many of us,
   his method of
   finishing may not.

   Having sanded to
   400 grit he used
   an abrasive wax
   to bring it to a high
   shine before buffing.

   Bob Brady
   brought in
   the first item
   he produced
   on his new
   Oneway lathe.

   Clearly it will
   happily handle
   the larger work
   that Bob would
   like to get into!

Our Chairman's Challenge this this month was 'Light' and again
members didn't disappoint us with their illuminating interpretation
of the brief. This month's entries were all very well made, and
displayed some ingenuity in coming up with interesting items for
us to view. Thanks to everyone who takes the opportunity to
enter, and delight us with their work.