5th September 2022 A.G.M + Project & Gallery Evening

Finally, the chairman was able to Hold the A.G.M.

23 members attended and after voting on several proposals the meeting continued with the original programme something coloured, textured or both.

Then the Projects.

An enjoyable evening had by all, some really good pieces of work completed, manufacturing methods explained, wood and materials described method of application & places to purchase. So good information & ideas for new and old members alike.

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!

1st August a Hands on Night


We had the 4 club lathes out, manned by our lathe leaders to mentor and ensure the project was turned safely. It was unfortunate that only 19 members where able to attend on the night.

The project for the evening was turn a Hedge hog. a small off centre turning .

Also on the evening we finally  where able to give cheques  to the clubs charities collected from sales events & donations from sales of members tools & equipment.

The Droitwich Alzheimer’s Society  £500

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Accepting cheque and thanking club for donation

The Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust £500

4th July Inside Demo by Alan Edwards.

Alan chose to demo a flask ,first showing the marked out beech blank (2″X 4.25″ X 6.5″) with a hole pre-drilled for a screw chuck.

Between centres he cut a dovetail using a 1/2″ round skew then reversed the piece into the chuck jaws and roughed out the shape with a 3/8″ bowl gouge before drilling a 20mm hole with a carbide forstner bit and completing the stopper taper of 1mm over 20mm.

The outside was cut at 1600 rpm as 60% of the time tool was cutting fresh air so more air than wood was meeting the tool – the safest way is always to present tool first to tool rest, pick up the bevel then the cut. Alan attached, using double sided tape, a paper outline that made it easier for members to see the profile being cut on the screen.

  • Make dovetail
  • at 1500 R.P.M
  • carbide forstner bit

Re inserting the tail stock centre he finished, turned, sanded and put cellulose lacquer on the outside form. He then started a stopper forming the taper to match the flask and used it as a jam chuck to finish the base of the flask.

  • sand & polish

First time for a while we had a normal break with tea and coffee making facilities available plus biscuits thanks to Roy Hadland.

Mounting the blank on a screw chuck using the pre-drilled hole Alan then faced this side of the flask chamfering the edge to remove the rounded edge formed by sanding, hollowing out the inside of the flask with a Robert Sorby hollowing tool, bowl gouge & 1/2″ skew whilst maintaining the 52mm aperture ( the ideal diameter for standard chuck jaws) which was used to remount and finish hollowing from the other side.

Final actions were to finish the stopper using a jam chuck, decorating the surface using the “DECORATING ELF” by Sorby and making the two side panels 62mm diameter stepped to 52mm to fit the holes in the completed flask – again textured with the decorating elf.

A good evening enjoyed by all those present with plenty of the usual banter followed by questions and answers and Alan being thanked in the usual way.

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!