Chris Grace Demonstrates
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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
(above left) that
he made earlier.
to keep us all
went on to turn
his vase with a
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
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.
the first item
on his new
Clearly it will
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.
In preparation for our October competition, Norman Billingham gave us a great
demonstration on how
to make two styles of
earring stand, with
several methods for creating the holes around the edge.
You can either
from a single
piece of wood
with the grain
the lathe bed
using a blank
or, say a piece of branch (as above & right) - effectively spindle turning.
Alternatively, you can make your stand from a side grain (bowl) blank.
Below, Norman is crating the top, as above, though this time he has drilled a hole in it in preparation for mounting on a separate spindle.
With this method
you have more
choice over the
wood you use,
Also, there is
is making a
Our new PA system finally meant that we were able to hear every word of our demonstration very clearly.
Below, Norman is using vernier calipers to size the spigots of the stem and finial to go with his top and base.
There are several methods for drilling the holes that are required around the top. You can use the indexing facility on your lathe or chuck; simply use the 4 jaws of your chuck as a guide, then subdivide until you get the number of holes you desire; or make a template. Top right, Norman shows us a template he made from a piece of clear plastic, this can be used as a drill guide. To further stimulate ideas, Norman showed us a slide show of images gleaned from a variety of sources including woodturning magazines and the internet, so if you are stuck for ideas, you can either raid the club shop for back issues, or do a 'google' search for inspiration!
This month's Chairman's Challenge was Ball, and members provided a
very interesting selection of boxes, captive, segmented and other balls on
stands. As Steve Golds now has so many pens, Chris awarded him a club
mug to put them in! Congratulations also to Peter Pullin and David Breeds
who each received a pen. Thanks to all who participated and make choosing
between the items more difficult each time.
Right, members brought a selection of their recent
work for our Tools .n. Turnings table. Steve Church
created a nice segmented bowl, Alan Wesley has
continued his experimentation with pyrography and
gold leaf, whilst Pete Brown produced two more
stunning basket work items, a platter and hollow form.
The Worshipful Company of Turners have extended the deadline for entries into their biennial competition Wizardry in Wood 2016 to the 1st of October for receipt of entry forms. There are a number of categories that are open to any turner, if members would like to enter. Further details can be found at The Worshipful Company of Turners.
Allan Fielding entertained us at our July meeting with a demonstration on how to turn a burr or burl for those across the pond.
The blank was pre-drilled
to suit the diameter of
Allan's 4 prong drive
centre to provide a
secure hold that can
not slip off. He then
lined up the blank to
make the most of the
natural edge before
clamping with his
live tail centre.
Left, it is taking
shape and having a
Right, Allan has reversed
the bowl and is now hollowing, after having progressed through the rough outer bark area.
hollowing with 2 bowl
gouges to a nice
thickness, Allan chose
to further refine the
surface using a
heavy curved scraper.
In the latter stages of
the hollowing process
he checked the wall
thickness regularly with
his home made
callipers for a visual indication of
any areas needing further
This was followed by an application
of sanding sealer which he allowed
to dry before
the grits with
his electric drill.
Finally Allan applies
a coat of finishing
oil to his turnings
to create a nice
He says 'this can
be cut back by
buffing to produce
the level of lustre
Tools 'n' Turnings were very varied this month with, from left to right, an alternative way of turning a burr by John Plater, nice acrylic pens by a ghost turner/writer, a vase turned by Alan Wesley's son - painted and finished by Alan, a rain stick made by Alan (someone keeps shaking the damn thing!) and far right, a display by Jim Young of suggestions for our 4 members a'turning in September.
Our July competition was platter, with a lovely array of entries. Thanks to all who entered, our judges Jim Young and Peter Watts and stand-in administrator Steve James. See the competition page for the names of the winners.
Members were keen to participate at our June Practical evening, as seen above several just couldn't resist the opportunity to have a go.
We had 4 lathes with turners starting things off, together with Chairman Chris showing members how to use the Club's Sorby Pro Edge sharpening system. Chris was presented with a constant stream of tools with interesting grinds. One new member who had recently
the bowl he
Allan 'I Turn
In addition to all the twirling lathes and
sharpening, we now play a DVD and
provide ample seating at our practical
evenings, so that members get the
opportunity to sit down, and enjoy a
relaxing chat about woodturning.
Here members are watching a DVD
In the background, another group of
members are scrutinising entries for
this month's Chairman's Challenge
Left, where this month turnings by Keith Golds, Mike Meredith and
Barry Harvey captured the imagination of our Chairman, and received
a Club Pen for their efforts.
Below, Tools 'n' Turning were provided by Pete Brown with three
basket weave platters and Barrie Fitch with a pair of fountain pens.
In advance of our Platter competition in July Jim demonstrated turning and Alan illustrated decorating possibilities.
Jim chose a nice piece of
Yew which he mounted on
his favoured chucking
ring secured to his chuck.
He created a foot to hold
so he could turn the inside
then shaped the outside of
the bowl to an ogee shape,
Jim experimented with his
new carbide tools, but
resorted back to one of his
favourite heavy scrapers
to obtain the best finish.
Jim told us that he uses sanding sealer applied before any sanding, then sands through the grits, blowing off any dust or loose grit before moving on to the next grit.
Having reversed the blank on it's foot, Jim used a combination of
bowl gouges, carbide tools and scrapers to create the shallow
hollow of his platter. He particularly liked the new round carbide
tool for it's ability to undercut the inside rim of the platter.
Some of Jim's other finished platters are pictured below.
Alan Wesley showed us a wide variety of techniques that could be used to enhance platters, especially those made from plain wood.
Above left he is creating artificial spalting with just a fine black marker, and above right he has platters decorated with paint.
Left Alan used coloured
markers to create an
abstract pattern. The
lines between coloured
areas are created with
a black marker pen.
Right he created a
basket weave pattern
with the aid of the
dividing facility on his
lathe before creating
a pattern in the small
segments. The rings
were burned with a
piece of formica and
the radial lines created
Other options are illustrated below: To see a fuller explanation of techniques and supplies Alan used have a look at the Turnings page.
This month's Chairman's Challenge was Handle - anything with
or relating to a handle.
We encourage broad interpretation of the topic on these
challenges, so our Chairman was delighted to see a tribute
to The Two Ronnies with "Fork'andles"! created by Peter Pullin.
Mike Meredith produced a candle holder with 4 handles.
And Bob Nye created a well proportioned handle for a poker.
Thanks to all who were each awarded a Club Pen.
Next month the subject will be 2 (or more) woods.
gave us an
insight into the
world of gilding
in his unique
He uses a
his sign making
He prepared his wood with Gesso, though any high build primer would do. Flatting it down between coats to provide a smooth surface. Instead of using gilders seize, he used signwriters gold paint, so, if any small spots are missed, what shows through is still gold coloured.
The most critical bit is to let the size dry to a
light tack before applying the gold leaf.
Transfer leaf is easiest to use, but loose leaf
has better lusture.
Above right Gordon is burnishing the applied
gold leaf to bring up it's shine as can be
seen by his finished pieces.
Gordon leaves the chucking point on his
pieces so that he can crispen up the adjacent
grooves once the size has dried.
As there is plenty of waiting around for the size to dry, Gordon also brought his scrollsaw to demonstrate this versatile piece of equipment and persuaded Allan Fielding to have an impromptu lesson. Allan did well but said it wasn't quite as easy as Gordon made it look.
Thanks to all those who entered our competition, with an amazing array if innovative gavels, and to our members who judged
the entries. The names of the winners can be found on our Competition page.
Jean Grace brought in her second carving for us to see.
For anyone interested in a detailed account of how she carved
Snuffles the hedgehog, who is uncurling from his ball, he was
featured in the March/April Wood Carving magazine, and even
snuck onto the cover.
John Byford Brought a unique gavel and block in for us to see.
Made from mahogany this example is currently used by the
West Sussex branch of the RMPA (RedCaps).
The Chairman's Challenge for May will be Handle
Either just a handle, or anything with a handle.
March Meeting - click the following link to download your March Newsletter
We invited Mark Baker (editor of Woodturning Magazine) back
to demonstrate this month by popular demand.
Mark is fascinated by ancient ceramics which heavily influence
his work, and he showed us how he translates the features of
items he likes into the medium of wood.
The first bowl was started between centres as it is easy to
adjust it to get it central that way. After rough shaping the outside
Mark applied beads. Right he is showing the angle to hold a
scraper to achieve the proper cut.
Left he is working on the detail near the rim of the bowl.
Having completed the outside and created his chucking spigot
Mark reversed the bowl, but instead of hollowing it he cut a
cone out of the top which would form the lid for his bowl. He is
using a slicing tool with a long handle for greater control.
Following removal of the 'lid' cone...
he hollowed the inside with a bowl gouge.
Right, you can see the finished bowl whilst Mark is working on
the lid which he had created a chucking spigot on before he
released it from the body of the bowl.
Following this he showed us how to make a small Calabash
decorated with a threading tool which he usually fills with a
family pack of M & Ms
In March we decided to give members the opportunity to enter
a special Club Draw with the chance to win up to £200 worth
of training from a turner of their choice.
As Mark was visiting us we asked him to conduct the Draw.
The winner of our first Club Draw was John Plater who was delighted
as everyone can see, and he already has plans on how to improve
his turning skills by spending some time with a top turner.
Left we have the entries
for this month's
where the topic was
to (from left to right)
Bob Harris, Dave Smith
Anna Cates and Gerry
Jones who were all
awarded a pen for
Right we have entries
on our regular
Tools 'n' Turnings
Table. The large Walnut hollow form was by John Plater, The Oak platter was turned
by Barrie Fitch. Thanks to both members for bringing their work in for us to see, share
and talk about to stimulate ideas and share techniques.
February Meeting - click the following link to download your Feb Newsletter
Gerry Jones gave this month's demonstration
on making a gavel and block in anticipation
of our April competition.
He started with a powerpoint
presentation illustrating a variety
of types and designs of Gavel,
and techniques for making them,
including several options for
joining the handle to the head.
Whist you can use screws and
inserts bought from hardware
stores, Gerry borrowed some
wood threading tools from a
fellow craftsman so that he
could cut his own threads
directly into the wood he chose.
Gerry found it best to cut both the male and female threads in the blanks before
turning the detail. Left Gerry is working on a
handle and below he is shaping a head.
Left a completed gavel is being
examined by one of our members.
Gerry says using dense close
grained hardwoods works best
for thread chasing, using tallow
or candle wax as a lubricant.
Specialist tools for cutting threads
in wood work better than simply
adapting engineering taps and dies.
Despite taking time to prepare for his
demonstration, Gerry still found time to
participate in the Chairman's Challenge
which this month was small. Obviously he
produced a miniature gavel and block
which Chris tested by getting the
microphone as close as possible. It just
goes to show that you can miniaturise
a gavel and block and still have it
produce a pleasing sound.
Chris also gave pens to Dave Smith for
his two very small goblets, Tony Burstow
for his small vase and Barry Harvey for
imaginative use of a spare piece of
pen blank for his illuminated vase.
It was difficult choosing between such
an interesting array of entries.
The Chairman's Challenge for March is Easter - anything related to Easter (even loosely) such as Bunnies, Eggs (& nest), Chicks, Bonnets (hats) Flowers, Presents, Boxes for Presents etc.
Following last month's meeting John Plater said he would complete the open forms he demonstrated so that we could see them in their finished state. This month he displayed them in our Tools 'n' Turning below left, together with another of his creations. Below Right Peter Brown shows his interpretation of one of the items John demonstrated last month.
New for March will be our Club Draw for £200 towards training with a professional of the winners choice, open to all turning members.
January Meeting - click the following link to download your January Newsletter
To start the New Year we had John Plater
show us how to make the most of a typical
small bowl blank. John's objective was to
make an item taller than the blank is thick with a bit of forward planning.
John started by illustrating that it was possible to drill a hole
in a bowl blank with a forstner bit on the lathe if you don't
have access to a drill press - just be very careful!
He shaped the outside first with a gouge, and then refined
the shape and finish with a scraper.
Below he reversed the bowl and started to hollow the inside.
Having achieved an
even wall thickness
and reverse chucked
the piece to create
a through hole where
the chucking point
He then marked a
on the piece and
cut it in half with
a coping saw.
Next John lined up
the two halves and
glued them together.
As the shape is
difficult to clamp
John used tape
and a strip of rubber.
In the second half John created a vase 2.5 times as tall as the blank by first cutting a donut from one side, before cutting a cone out
of the middle. The donut can be glued to the top of the remaining blank, and the cone to the bottom to create a tall vase.
John Turner brought two items along,
and as members can only enter one
item into the competition, he left his
other piece on the Tools 'n' Turnings
item into the competition, he left his
other piece on the Tools 'n' Turnings
Members (left) are examining the
entries in our Freestyle competition
before selecting the pieces they like
most. This way everyone is judging
Below are all the entries (left)
all of the winners (right)
Thanks to everyone for entering such an interesting and diverse range of items for us all to see, and to all the members who judged
the entries. The results can be found on our Competition page. The end of year results will be announced in February.
December Meeting - click the following link to download your Dec Newsletter
We invited Les Thorne back this month, this time
to show us how he approaches box making.
Les started with a clear explanation
about the tools he used and how he
used them. He favours a simple
spindle gouge for this, and in order
to clearly illustrate where the flute
is pointing he used his favourite
magic, sorry - magnetic, pencil!
Having drawn our attention to how
to present the tool, he illustrated
how to hollow the lid out with
parallel sides inside.
Subject to the intended use for your
box, it can have the male part on the base or the lid. Just remember that if you plan to fill your pot with something to the brim, it will be much easier to get the lid on if the male section is on the base.
When making the base he showed how
to hollow it with a curve using several
tools including a negative rake scraper.
Then, despite having taken care on the
overall shape and finish, he attacked
it with a structured carbide bit in his
mini Arbortech grinder.
He burned the whiskers off with a
blowlamp, reminding us about fire
safety precautions, painted it black
with ebonising lacquer, then created
highlights with gilt cream.
This month the Chairman's challenge was toy, and again the
entries were very diverse. All displayed considerable thought,
good design and use of materials.
Chris chose three to highlight, the humming spinning top by
Peter Pullin, the woodpecker by Keith Golds, and Solitaire
made by Bob Harris.
Thanks to our catering manager Betty Byford for providing
some mince pies and fancy biscuits as a treat for our last
meeting before the festive season.
Tools 'n' turnings (below) were provided this month by:
Allan Wesley with some of his recent colourfull experiments,
pens in Wenge, Zebrano and Tulip by Tony Burstow,
Christmas ornaments by Bob Harris,
and a neat little Zebrano bowl by Robin Gilks
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members
and a big thank you to everyone who help to make our
Club meetings & activities a success.
November Meeting - click the following link to download your November Newsletter
Our Practical Evening got off to a great start with 3 lathes spinning, courtesy of Allan Fielding (above) David Hare (below left) and Jim Young (below right). All attracted plenty of inquisitive members eager to learn from the experienced turners at work.
Chris Grace demonstrated sharpening using the Club's own Sorby Pro Edge which is available on loan from our Tool Bank.
New to this Practical Evening, Jim Young organised a video for members to watch when they weren't busy with anything else.
We would love feedback on this feature - should we run videos on Practical Evenings - send us your vote.
This months Chairman's Challenge was again well supported with many interesting and well made Finials. Chris commented in particular on a sea urchin ornament with an off centre element turned by Keith Golds and a nice little box on a stand with a finial as the lid handle turned by Anna Cates.
Next months Chairman's Challenge is Toy - any toy or item designed to amuse, including but not limited to - spinning top, diablo, ball, baby's rattle, teething ring, castle, star-ship etc. let your imagination run wild, or just keep it simple, the choice is yours! Remember, this isn't a competition, it's just an opportunity to have some fun, and to see other people's work. The Chairman will simply highlight one or more items, or elements, that particularly catch his attention, and reward the owner with a token of his appreciation for participating.
October Meeting - click the following link to download your October Newsletter
Tom Streeter gave us an excellent demonstration
on making small hollow forms, taking us through
the processes used to make them, and showing
us the tools he uses, with clear explanations
about the benefits of each.
Tom explained there are several
ways to start a hollow form, by
drilling, using a forstner bit, or
as he demonstrated, using a
spindle gouge to take the
middle out to the target depth.
He then moved on to showing
us the benefits and limitations
of three different hollowing
tools, each of which work in
a slightly different way, but
produce similar results.
Tom contrasted tools which eject shavings from the top (Crown - above left) with others where they pass through the cutter (Hamlet).
Above right, he is working the outside with a bowl gouge. Below are some of his winning entries in this years Young Craftsman of the Year competition at the South of England Show.
He is the only person to have won the title twice, and in consecutive years at that! Congratulations Tom.
The tools he featured, from left to right are: Crown Revolution, Sorby Sovereign Ultima and Hamlet Little Sister.
Members examined the features of each tool as Tom passed them round the audience, before asking for his favourite back to enable him to complete his hollow form.
This month's competition was Useful Item(s), and members brought in an interesting array of very different items for our judges to decide between. Thanks to Allan Fielding and David Hare for judging the vastly contrasting entries.
Winners are from left to right, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Thanks to all for entering, see the competition page for results.
Sussex Woodcraft Society Annual Show
See the Members page for details of our members success in this show.
AWGB Youth Training & Development Programme
See the Members page for details of Charles Taylor's success.
September Meeting - click the following link to download your Sept Newsletter
Peter Brown came and gave us
a great evenings entertainment
with his turning, making a
family of small birds, which
fitted in well with our Branch
theme for our first Chairman's Challenge.
He started by mounting a small piece of Yew branch and started turning simple
teardrop shapes, sanding through the grits and finishing them to a high shine
using just sanding
sealer and wax.
He says his
secret to getting
a good streak
free finish is to
use a soft brush
to buff the wax to a good lustre.
Having completed two teardrops
Peter joined them with a
wooden BBQ skewer to form a
cute little chick. Another chick
followed, this time with a
bandsawn beak, then mum
turned up (excuse the pun).
A Canada Goose that Peter had
made previously also put in an
appearance, making quite an
avian treat to accompany our
After the break, just to show us
that he had more than just birds
on his mind, Peter made a fantastic
lightweight Christmas tree ornament
with a little help from a discarded
sea urchin shell. Again the BBQ
skewer came in handy as Peter
used it to join the top and bottom
wooden portions with the shell
captured in the middle.
Our first Chairman's Challenge, with all items associated with the word Branch
was well supported with many entries, making choosing favorites very difficult.
Chris said he was amazed at the variety of different items, and their quality.
As there were so many interesting pieces he chose three that particularly
appealed to him and awarded their owners a Club Pen to recognise their efforts.
Another first this month is our Tool Bank run by Bob Nye, so if you would like to try out a particular tool, see Bob and borrow it for a while.
Tools 'n' Turnings were provided this month by (from L to R) Barrie Fitch, Chris Grace and Charles Taylor who had won an AWGB training scholarship with Stuart Mortimer and had brought the results in to show us.
August Meeting - click the following link to download your August Newsletter
In August we tried a new concept, 4 members turning, 2 before the break and 2 after, turning in pairs with a commentator.
Allan Fielding (right) and
John Byford (below)
kicked off with Gordon
Eaton on commentary.
Allan produced one of
his vases, using Yew
Branch (a possible
candidate for the
John turned a handy
trivet, with interesting
John is working on the first side of his trivet. Right shows the finished item. Allan's inspiration is drawn from many sources (below).
After the break Gerry Jones
(right) and Gordon Eaton
(below) took over with
Chris Grace providing the
Gerry chose an interesting
but complicated turning,
a spoon. Right he shows us
the jig used to turn the bowl.
Gordon, wearing vital protection
against the flying chips, stood
in at short notice and declared
that he would turn er - Wood!!!
Centre below, a member examines Gordon's Urn and right a selection of Gerry's spoons. See the Turnings Page for more on spoons.
All of the evening's turnings were designed to provide food for thought for the October Competition - Useful Item(s).
Please let us know what you think about this new meeting format, maybe if there is sufficient interest we will try it again.
Tools 'n' Turnings were supplied (L to R) by: John Turner, Brian Orchard (a visitor we met at the Toolshow), Bob Harris & Barrie Fitch.
Thanks to all the participants who contribute to the running of our meetings, both to those behind the scenes and those out front..
Thanks to members who have helped support the Club stand at
the Amex Stadium on the 25th and 26th of July.
We had a great time demonstrating, showing our work, chatting with visitors,
oh, and some of us went home with more tools and lighter wallets - just don't
tell our wives, we said that we would be working hard all day!
July Meeting - click the following link to download your July Newsletter
Our July meeting produced another good turnout
to see member demonstrator Gordon show how
he makes Salt & Pepper Pots.
Left Gordon parts off his
creation, and below tells
about the assembly of
the crush / grind internals
Right a selection of finished
items, including a little fun!
Members produced a variety of shapes and styles of Goblet for our July competition, which is great.
Winners are from left to right, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Thanks to all for entering, see the competition page for results.
June All Day Demo
Tony Handford, our professional turner for the
day's event introduces himself and his work.
Tony primarily produces larger hollow forms from interesting local timbers,
often with burr and bark incursions and voids. Right he explains about the
process and has one piece of wood in the foreground ready for turning
in clingfilm to prevent it drying out too much, and in his hand is a partly
Left Tony has organised his workspace so he can
quickly and easily reach his tools and grinder.
Below Left Tony is shaping the outside of his turning, to ensure he makes the most of the features available in his selected wood blank.
Then in the centre he is hollowing using his custom hollowing rig
Finally he shows how he sands, using the same rig, but with a custom sanding pad
There are a variety of deep hollowing support systems available and the Committee are planning a deep hollowing demonstration where you can see the options available.
June Meeting - click the following link to download your June Newsletter
Another Hands-On evening was well attended
here members are quizzing John Byford on his
Left - New member Anna continues the debate
about scraping with Allan (the key issue with
scraping is that the tool should trail at all times
in relation to the wood).
Right - One of our new younger members gets
to grips with pen turning under the watchful eye
of Norman. Pen making was obviously popular,
with other members also sporting new writing
implements by the end of the evening.
Thanks to members who have volunteered to help with the
erection and operation of our video equipment, shown Left
at a familiarisation session.
Right, we have laid out the club's newly acquired tools available
for use at practical evenings, together with specialist tools that
will form the basis for our new Tool Bank. The new tools will be
available to any member on loan, so they can try them out in their workshops before making that all important buying decision.
May Meeting - click the following link to download your May Newsletter
to find in a
competition in July. A 'bowl' at the top, a waisted portion (the stem)
and some form of base. All with the grain running parallel to the
lathe bed. He showed examples with a very ornate stem, another
with a shallow 'bowl' and thin stem, and a third with a waisted
John quickly set to rounding a blank, he made this easier as
he had previously cut the corners off to form a hexagon.
Having created a cylinder and a chucking spigot, he progressed
to hollowing it out, starting by using a forstner bit.
John explained that he intended to work the inside first, in order
to minimise the possibility of vibration which he had experienced
previously when using a smaller lathe. An alternative is to
turn part of the outside, still leaving sufficient meat on the blank
to keep vibration to a minimum, particularly if you have a more
robust lathe setup.
He used a
hollowed out using anything from a spindle or bowl gouge, through to specialist
hollowing tools, or simply scrapers.
You don't actullay need any specialist tools, even a chuck - as the blank can
readily be mounted to a faceplate, though the extra kit does often make the
John reversed one of his goblets using a jam chuck ( a hole in a bit of scrap)
so that he could turn the bottom to the shape he desired.
Tools 'n' Turnings were well represented with Rob Jahnke (left) Stewart Furini (centre) and Bob Harris (right)
April Meeting - click the following link to download your April Newsletter
Our third AGM was conducted quickly, with the Chairman, Secretary and
Treasurer being re-elected, and the Accounts approved by members.
Allan Fielding demonstrated making shallow bowls from half a log. He typically uses logs that have split, simply bandsawing them down the split line. First he mounts the log on a screw chuck (remove any soft bark first) and turns the outside and a chuck spigot.
Having turned the outside
he sands through the
grits from 120 using a
cheap electric drill.
Then he reverses the
bowl and starts on the
inside, working down in
If necessary Allan uses
a scraper to refine the
surface, though never
on the inside of the wings
as they are too flexible.
Allan finishes these with sanding sealer and paste wax giving a nice shine.
Allan was the first member to try out our new Lathe and Trolley, and he
was impressed with the smoothness and stability.
Members enjoyed hearing about the tips and tricks Allan uses in his work.
Tools 'n' Turnings
were provided this
month by John
Taylor, Rob Jahnke
and Jim Young left,
and John Turner
There was much imagination shown by our members for our 'square edge' competition, from a very practical dibber using one
flat on a square section of the handle to attach the business end, through square edged bowls, to entirely decorative items.
We also had interesting triangular and octagonal shaped items, and some with natural edges. A great array of items.
The winning entries are above - Beginners (left), Intermediates (centre) and Advanced (right), see the competition page for details.
March Meeting - click the following link to download your March Newsletter
Ray Beecham started with some basic, but
very quick spindle turning. For a production
turner, the less cuts you use to achieve the
required feature, the quicker you are, and
the more money you are able to make.
Ray then showed us how he makes some of his finials. Right, he made a
beaded finial for us very quickly, and below are some more decorative ones.
start on a
laying it out
of the flutes
with a microplane file. He recommends plugging the end of the file to help prevent it catching
on the wood and breaking - they are fragile. When you are producing several items it is a good
idea to copy
from one of
them to try
Ray has spent most of his life turning professionally and consequently works differently to most amateur turners. We recommend all turners work within their safe limits and minimise risks by for example using paper to buff work rather than cloth.
Chris clarified the requirements for the next competition, as any
item with a faceted element. This could be one or more
triangular, square, pentagonal etc. elements on the item.
Gerry Jones kindly brought in some examples, right.
All except one are acceptable. The small bud vase in the
middle does have straight sides, but it is a cylinder.
If you are in any doubt, please ask Ren, our Competition
Secretary, or any committee member.
Thans to David Hare, Barry Carpenter & John Turner for TnT.
February Meeting - click to download your February Newsletter
Gerry Jones gave a
square edge turning
for our April
So that he could cover
more ground, Gerry
number of items at different stages in his workshop and created a Powerpoint presentation to illustrate many options open to turners wanting to incorporate square edges in their work before getting practical and starting some turning.
Square edge turning can take many forms,
from square platters to spindles with a
relatively small square section.
We are not limited to four sides either, as
triangular, pentagonal, hexagonal or any
other realistic number of sides would be
just as welcome in our compeition.
Left Gerry illustrates turning between
centres for those without a chuck, and is
making a small candle holder with a round
mid section, but a square on the top and
Right, he is making a profiled platter using
a chuck to make access to the base easier.
Left are some of
the items Gerry
inspected all the
Tools n Turnings
were provided by
Chris Burton who
provided a good
selection of his
work for all of us
brought in a life
John Plater made an
interesting bowl (left)
from the piece of
Sequoia (a redwood)
that a member
brought in at a
Gordon Eaton (right)
showed us innovative
use of additional
materials, in this case
selotape, due to an
This year's competition results were announced at the meeting, see the Competition page for details.
January Meeting - click to download your January Newsletter
Happy New Year to all members.
Our first demonstration of 2015 was Chucking
and Work Holding by our Chairman Chris Grace.
Chris explained why he often starts projects
between centres, and how he creates a
He also demonstrated uses for his favourite
Cork Faceplates, and how to make them.
That obviously captured members interest as
the shop has now sold out of cork tiles!
He started a debate on which chuck jaws members used
and explored which were best suited for different tasks.
Chris showed members a wide array of different types
of chuck, explaining their benefits.
A member enquired about collet chucks, which Chris
demonstrated next. He then showed everyone how to
make simple, but effective, inserts for chuck jaws that
facilitate holding smaller workpieces for a fraction of
the cost of a collet chuck system.
Finally he turned his attention to various mandrels, starting
with one made from a length of studding, to which he added
a pair of wood block to hold anything with a hole through it.
Then he showed members an expanding mandrel made
from wood with a cone attached to a piece of studding to spread the split spigot by pulling on a nut through the headstock.
Tools 'n' Turnings were
Jim Young (left)
Bob Harris (right) .
This month the competition was Freestyle so members were only limited by their imagination as seen by the variety below.
The entries were judged by
our members on this
occasion, and there was
much discussion about the
very different entries.
Members voted for their
favourite, second and third
item in each of the categories
Beginner, Intermediate and
Whilst the demonstration was underway Ren, our competition secretary, counted the votes,
did his maths, and worked out the results. See the Competition page for full details.
Items For Sale and Wanted can be found on our Recycle page.