20th January 2020

This project and gallery evening was a follow up after the hands on night ( turn a piece of fruit).

There was a really exceptional show of work on the theme of ,a piece of fruit, a bowl, or a bowl of fruit. Many of our new members showing how well they had progressed in the craft.

All the fruit was there Apples, Pears, Bananas, Lemons, Oranges, Cherries, Grapes & Plums.  Apples even made into small boxes.  So some real talent showing through.

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The Gallery table looked a little sparse as members appeared to have spent their time making items for the project table.

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It was another good evening with plenty of discussion.

Many questions where asked of the members as they talked about their displays what woods where used the finishing and colouring applied, so much knowledge was passed back and forth.

Members thought it a well spent & enjoyable evening, including the usual banter.

Monday 6th January 2020

It was another good evening where in response to a request from our newer members, Keith Drew one of our long standing club demonstrator’s with over 30 years experience in the motor trade using the same types of abrasives gave an in-depth demonstration in the use and various attributes of the vast variety of abrasives available that he’s used over the years. Keith emphasised the need for face masks against  sanding dust & also for those without an extractor a paste to use on the abrasive to reduce air born dust.

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Keith then showed on some pre prepared blanks the different finishes available to enhance the appearance of finished work, passing round the blanks with half sanded and finish applied to the other half for comparison purposes, he highlighted drying times, food & child safety aspects and product application differences.

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A lively discussion and answer session took place throughout the evening with a lot of experience being offered & discussed by all those present including where to buy the finishes at a cheaper price.

Keith was given a generous round of applause for a very informative evening, where even our more experienced turners had garnished some new knowledge.                           so well done Keith

December 16th Chairman’s Surprise.

Another well attended meeting where the 4 club lathes where used by the members to produce this years task  “ a hollow Christmas bauble”  set by Barry Burgess the club chairman.

Newer members where mentored by the clubs lathe leaders, whilst the more competant also found the task challenging. in total 7 completed decorations where completed and embellished by wire burning.

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It was a great evening entertaining as well as a good learning experience for some of the newer members, Plus a Free raffle, chat, tea and mince pies.

The Committee wishes all members and their families A Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

Display & Sales Event Nov 26th.to 6th Dec

A display of members work took  place  in the council chamber at the Droitwich Heritage centre, (St. Richards House 22 Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DS opposite the library)
showcasing some quite unique items made by our members in order to promote the craft of woodturning and our club.

A quite successful event which also raised £50 for the Droitwich branch of the Alzheimers Society the clubs chosen charity for this year.

December 2nd 2019

A very entertaining and informative demo by Phil Sheldon one of our club demonstrators.

Phil produced a bowl explaining how the item was held, what tools he used & how they where presented to the work piece.

Then he proceeded to demonstrate different technique’s to enhance the quite bland blank that he had turned.

Highlighting carving both by hand and with a mini carver, removing the burrs with a mini blow lamp before spraying it all black then sanding to just leave the carvings black before spraying some spirit colours. he used mini scent spray bottles for each colour as his preferred method rather than an air brush or a mouth blown air brush as both the later require regular cleaning between colours.

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He then finished off by spraying the piece with a gloss lacquer to bring out the colours.

A great demo with a good questions & answers session much appreciated and applauded by the members present

Monday 18 November

This was a bring and buy night.
A well attended evening allowing members to sell unwanted items, tools, wood, turning accessories at advantageous prices to the purchaser.
Also an evening when members could talk to the more knowledgeable club members about any tool,equipment or project problems they might be having.
So a good night.

Monday 4th November 2019

This was a hands on night where the 4 club lathes manned by the clubs lathe leaders mentored newer members in the safe and correct presentation of the tools to the workpiece, what tools to use for a particular cut or operation etc.

The nights project “fruit” where used as a simple item that could be completed by all.

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A night where our newer members some who have not yet even used a lathe got to get onto our lathes, watched over by the our lathe leaders.

All said they had learned something from the evenings activity, a number of Apples & Pears being completed or partly finished to be taken away for completion at home.