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!

21 March

Project Gallery – Something produced using a jig

Roy kicked off a lightly attended evening by showing his off centre ring box in Goncalo Alves and the jig he had made to produce it

Roger then demonstrated some of his pieces and explained his methods for producing them. He also showed a painted bowl inspired by Paul Hannaby’s pro demo we had at the last meeting

Similarly Geoff showed his version of Roy’s Cocktail Stick Holder and a few of his other pieces

7 March

Pro Demo by Paul Hannaby

Colouring Bowls

A packed house welcomed the out – going chairman of the AWGB Paul Hannaby to our club. He set out to demonstrate to the members correct bowl -turning techniques followed by his signature methods of colouring those bowls. He began by turning the outside of the bowl using a spindle gouge (and explained his choice of tools and techniques for avoiding tear – out and achieving a professional finish as he went along).

With the outside completed he then showed us various methods of applying gesso to the surface as a base for spraying with acrylic colours. He demonstrated his knowledge of techniques and equipment which he has built up over 20 years of experimentation with the medium and then turned away the middle taking care to show us of his methods of achieving a smooth final result.

With the remaining time he turned the outside of a piece of oak and then use a vinegar/steel wool solution to darken the wood prior to applying a paste on top. When the excess was removed using paper towel a very attractive finish remained.

21 Feb

Inside Demonstration by Roy Hadland

Tonight Roy demonstrated how to turn a cocktail stick holder in beech – one of the many items that he regularly sells at local craft fairs.

He began by handing out a detailed drawing of the various components that he would turn during the evening which was very useful for the audience (and to Roy as people called out the measurements as he went along!). He then proceeded to turn a conventional box – lid first and then the body which he drilled with a Forstner bit. All the time he was giving the audience little tips from his vast experience about the best way to achieve a professional result.

In the second half of the demonstration he showed us how to turn and construct the inner cocktail stick holder and why the design was configured the way it was. And finally the tricky bit – the finial. This is Roy’s version but he did say that there was much scope for invention!

Our thanks to Roy for a very informative evening .

7 February

Chairman’s Challenge.

Alan Edwards challenged us to make a set of skittles (+ 2 balls) and then use them! Members were split into 2 teams – the Red team led by Phil Sheldon and Keith Drew and the Green by Ivor Gissing and Geoff Davies. Each team was tasked with making 5 skittles and 2 balls to templates which were checked against master templates for accuracy by our chairman. He then awarded a maximum of 50 points for accuracy.

Afterwards 9 members from each team bowled 2 balls each to achieve a total pin fall score.


Red Team 232 from possible 300 + pin count 44 Total ………… 276

Green Team 229 from possible 300 + 35 pin count Total………. 264

Congratulations to everyone and particularly to our chairman for one of the best evenings we have been able to share for some time!!