August 15

Pro External Demo by Bryan Milham

Tonight’s meeting was a demonstration of various texturing and colouring techniques by Bryan Milham. Bryan is a production turner of 20 years experience and this showed in a fast – paced, funny and very informative romp through this vast field.

He began by making a basic (unhollowed) vase from poplar into which he indented a panel. He then masked off the rest of the vase and randomly applied glue with a glue gun to the area. The panel was then sprayed with ebonising lacquer and finished with metallic paste.

While the glue dried he showed us his method of applying metal flakes to a bowl he had previously coloured with Jo Sonja’s iridescent paints.

The quickfire exchanges continued after the break when Bryan showed us some of his influences and various experiments that he had tried to replicate these.

His final project was a small sycamore vase with flowers to go in it made from green hazel but with an intriguing twist to the tale!

And the twist?

Our thanks to Bryan for his whirlwind presentation and for the challenge he threw out to produce work inspired by his talk. Over to you members!

June 20

Pro External Demo by Tony Jones

Tonight we were treated to a demonstration of how to turn a winged bowl in sycamore and the problems that you might encounter. First he marked the bowl out and explained how he proposed to create the spigot and the tools he uses. He then turned the bottom half of the bowl.

After the break he showed us how to turn the inside of the bowl to match the diameter of the lower half of the bowl before completing the wing and finally the bowl interior. Throughout the process Tony was explaining what he was doing and the problems you might come across on the way.

Finally he displayed other bowls that he had made from a variety of woods and some of the tools he uses to produce them.

A big thank you to Tony from the club for the informative way he dealt with the various questions that arose – and for dealing with the problems thrown up by the faulty video!

June 6

Project Gallery

Tonight was a thoroughly entertaining and informative insight into what everyone gets up to in their workshops. First we heard contributions from a number of members on the subject “Something made from more than one material”

Other items from the night included Keith’s ash bowl with coloured resin inserts, Roy’s clock, a selection of pens made by Robert and Geoff’s animals.

Next a number of people got up and talked us through a variety of projects that they had undertaken and how they had solved a range of problems that occured.

A very interesting and informative evening all round! Thanks to everyone that contributed.

Monday May 16

Hands On Evening

An enjoyable evening was had by the small but enthusiastic turnout – making honey dippers to a design devised by our chairman Alan. Despite problems finding late replacement lathe leaders (everyone wishes you a speedy recovery Roy) the evening was a great success.

4 April

Inside Demo by Geoff Davis

Square Lidded Box with texturing and colouring

Geoff began by drilling a small hole in the piece to help with registration further down the line. He then parted off the lid and drilled out the main body with a Forstner bit (a bargain buy from Amazon!) He finished the aperture with a box scrapper which he explained is a much under – rated tool for this (and other) jobs before fitting the two parts together.

After the break he then showed us all his custom made chuck for holding this square piece while he used a texturing tool on the inside of the lid. He then assembled the box and drllled 2 – 3mm holes in the sides ready to accept an insert but unfortunately Geoff had left these in a box at home (along with his marbles and superglue!)

With the box now completed Geoff then demonstrated his technique of texturing the outside of the piece with a Dremel before painting with iridescent paint.

I think everyone who was there would like to thank Geoff for such an entertaining and informative demonstration – and bang on time as well!