Journal

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!

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.