No meeting in January due to hall maintenance
See program for meeting details
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
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
the work he had
brought to show us
with as many
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
was a tea box
with a double
lid to keep the
tea as fresh as
As this is based
on an oriental
to be lacquered,
there was no
need to match
the grain, so
the lid could be
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.
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
material for the
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
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
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,
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.
Advanced entries below, and winners right.
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.