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Sunday 27th October All Day Demo

Unfortunately the booked demonstrator GUY RAVINE had been taken ill and at the last minute we managed to get Wolfgang Schulze Zathau who did a good demo for us in September so we are grateful for his help in filling the day at such short notice.
Wolfgang made three items during the day a platter/bowl coloured black with a carved design,
A natural edged goblet from plum wood (lovely grain).
finally a lidded box with a supari nut Finial
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Although only a total of 17 member’s attended the demo all thought it was well worth the day spent watching another good demo by Wolfgang, something of interest to all, tool presentation sanding and finishes where discussed and some new ideas to contemplate incorporating into new projects

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Turning the Supari (Betel) nut.

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The members gave Wolgang a good round of applause for a great demo as well as thanking him for standing in with less than a weeks notice.

 

Project & Gallery evening 21st October 2019

Another well attended interesting and as usual entertaining evening where members shared their gained experience discussing the timbers used, methods of production, sources of materials and finishes applied.

So much on display to inspire everyone with possible new projects. questions where asked answered and discussed and all contributors where applauded on completion of their presentation

The project task (Clocks, lamps & Mice) brought out a great selection of very innovative designs using LED lights, classic turnings for Tiffany style lamps, a ships wheel clock, small watch’s set into some beautiful timber as well as a duck carrying a timepiece. Mice where there also either lording it in a Windsor chair, eating their way through a wedge of cheese or poking their whiskers into who know’s what.

 

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The Gallery table was another good display of items, some made by our newer members showing pieces of which they should be justly proud.

Some beautiful dishes, Oval turnings, a charred bowl from an old oak stump, a steam engine from left over off cuts, a musical box with a sleigh on top, items turned in Corion & other alternatives to wood,simple xmas trees and walking sticks made using  a segmented construction.

 

 

7th October 2019 A Jigs & fixtures evening.

Another good evening enjoyed by members old and new, Items being shown and discussed ranged from relatively simple & easy to make mandrels for rings, bangles or bracelets, a variety of 3 point steadies, circle cutting jigs up to the more technically challenging segmented ring assembly jig, Longworth chucks and a drum sander.

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The ingenuity and technical capability of our members was impressive, there was a good discussion on many of the items and the audience showed their appreciation for the gained knowledge being shared freely by our club members.

Well done to all of the contributors.

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Meeting 16th September

Last night (the 16th September) Alan Edwards, one of our own club members, presented an interesting demonstration
of “lattice circles” as inspired by the renowned David Springett. However Alan’s demonstration carried an interesting
and enlightening theme based on adapting Springett’s method to better suit beginners in wood turning, and how
to achieve a balanced piece with a somewhat more delicate piece.
A very informative and absorbing demonstration. I am sure we all learnt some new techniques to take to our workshops

 

Meeting 2nd September 2019

Wolfgang Schulze Zathau  was a guest demonstrator from the Black country woodturners.

He gave a entertaining and instructive demo turning a beech bowl with a decorated beaded rim embellished with spirit stains, answering questions as they arose whilst demonstrating the correct presentation of the tools he used as well has how to remove the chucking tenon from the base of the bowl using a face plate and soft foam matting to cushion the turned face.

The unfinished piece produced on the night.

Members thanked Wolfgang for the evenings demonstration, many having learned something new during the evening.

So Thanks Wolfgang.

Meeting 19th August.

Unfortunately this was a no meeting as the school did not open up the room for the evening and no contact could be made with the caretaker’s on the night so many members some who had travelled a fair distance had a wasted journey.

Fortunately  the night was not one where a professional turner had been booked to demonstrate so no major expense was incurred by the club.

This will however be taken up with the school as they are given the whole years programme in advance.

 

Meeting 5th August Hands On

The evening started with the presentation of a cheque for £588.18 by Robert to Charlie a representative of  our charity  “The West Midlands Air Ambulance” who stayed on to see what our club was about and watch the lathes being used.

Robert presenting a cheque £588.18 to Charlie from west-midlands air ambulance our charity for last year.

This was another good evening when all 4 of the clubs lathes where used to produce the nights project, A kitchen roll holder, chosen so that all members could have a go whilst being watched and mentored by Alan, Keith, Roy & Vic. 4 of the clubs lathe leaders.

 

All members who actually turned or watched the nights activity found they had achieved and learnt from project.

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