20th March Show and Tell

This evening all members were invited to bring in projects that they have been working on or, tonights theme, something from YouTube. They would then discuss their methods of working and problems they’d encountered. Roy kicked off the evening with a follow up to his recent demo on pen making.

Our MC Russell then introduced a number of diverse projects from the table in front of him which sparked some informative and lively debate in the room.

Next an impressive contribution from Eugene – a competition standard chess set that he had made as his first turning project (putting many of us to shame with the quality of it!!). He had even designed and built his own tools to ensure uniformity of the pieces. Well done Eugene!

The evening was concluded with contributions from two of our more experienced members Roger Borwell and Alan Edwards.

As Alan mentioned on the night this was one of the best Show and Tell’s the club has had with many contributors and a wide variety of woodturning experiences that we can all learn from.

6th March Internal Demo

Hollowing a thin – walled vessel with Phil Sheldon

Phil began his demo by roughing down a green ash log to round and explaining the various tools and techniques he uses to do this. He followed this by making a longer than usual spigot in order to mount the wood securely into his jaws.

Once the piece had been mounted securely Phil began to hollow the inside of the vessel with a variety of cutting and scraping tools whose functions he explained as he went along.

Now satisfied with his finish after sanding he then inserted his homemade lighting rig (mounted into the tailstock) into the cavity. By the transluscency of the wood as he turned away material he could gauge the wall thickness as he shaped the outside of the piece.

The technique can be applied to any thin – walled vessel you would like to try. Alan Jones suggested checking out the work of Ole Jakob Nielsen for inspiration. Thanks to Phil for a hugely informative demo.

20th February External Demo

Wolfgang Schulze – Zachau

The club welcomed back local ‘almost professional’ turner Wolfgang Schulze – Zachau who choose to demonstrate a number of small projects which would be of particular interest to our growing ranks of novice turners.

He began by rounding a lime spindle with the roughing gauge before parting off to begin his Xmas tree and demonstrate the techniques involved.

Using another piece of the lime spindle he carried on the Xmas theme and showed us how to make his version of a snowman.

And finally he concluded the session by executing a couple of finials that might be used to finish and enhance a lidded box.

6th February Hands On Evening

Our first ‘Hands On’ evening of the year was very well attended with lots of new faces. Welcome to you all! The project theme for the night was to make a bradawl under the watchful eyes of of 4 lathe leaders Phil, Alan Edwards, Steve Martin and Alan Jones and quite a few of our newer visitors were able to ‘have a go’.