A Branch of the
Association of Woodturners of Great Britain
We had a great evening with Tic Challis who gave us the inside information about Pyrography and colouring. The planning of her presentation was great and enabled her to show us many aspects of Pyrography without boring us by trying to do a final picture. She showed us the basics of rendering and sent round a superb set of patterns on a sheet with explanations for each on the reverse. She showed us some water colour pencils which she was able to vary and make impressive colouring. She then followed on by showing how to spray colour through different masks to great effect. She also showed us her pyrography decoration on one of Paul Howards Owls. Well done Tic.
Brian Partridge put together an evening of spindle turning. He started by showing how to make the basic cuts, planing, coves and beads. He also made a number of catches and showed how they occurred. He also showed how a catch can be much more aggressive if the tool is gripped hard and too much pressure is applies. The next step was to make a Shaker peg and show how a simple guide plate could make turning much faster. This was followed by a weed pot which was a simple thing to do but enable various shapes to be tried out. Then onto a Cabriole leg and finally a miniature goblet with captive ring.
Paul Howard showed us how to make a delightful Ash box which incorporated some burr as decoration on the lid and at the join. I am sure that some of our members will have a go at this.
Simon Hope made an unusual Christmas decoration from a Banksia nut. This involved turning the outside until the fluffy bits had gone then inserting a disc of a wood which could be threaded with his special machine. He then made a top with a matching thread and inserted a little coloured flashing light which shoe through the holes when screwed together it worked as a switch for the light. This was then followed with a random off centred lower end. With the few minutes left he showed the basics of making an inverted turning which when the piece were reversed had a Christmas tree open space. Whow!!!
Our first demonstration of the year was given by our Chairman Alan Arnold. This was a first class evening when Alan showed us how to make a vase with some very detailed and unusual decoration at the top. He explained all the processes in great detail and although he used some very good special tools to do things easier and more quickly he also explained how it could be done without such tools. He made a complete item with all the details but explained that in order to get the project done within the time available he could not finish to a final acceptable state. He also gave us a quick lesson in the use of texturing tools. Great evening many thanks Alan.
Graham Slaughter showed us how to do some very attractive colouring this evening. He had prepared a number of blank bowls of the same size each one processed to the next stage of the colouring cycle. This enable him to show the process at each stage without having to wait for drying time. The final result was magnificent as were all the other finished pieces on show. A superb evening and well attended despite the original date being cancelled due to the snow.
Andy Coates gave us a very interesting evening. He first showed us the process to apply raindrops to a turned item. He was not able to completed the process due to the time it takes for the drops to develop. Instead he showed us a plate recently made and completed, what a remarkable process. He then showed us how to make a three cornered dish from a cube of wood. This also was very impressive but he did warn us to keep our fingers out of the way whilst the lathe was turning!!!!! The way Andy explains his techniques I am sure gets his ideas over to our members very well. Thank you Andy
This evening was a new venture. Paul Howard and Brian Partridge offered to get together and with two lathes and similar pieces of wood show us how each tackled the same basic shape. A number of differences came to light in the type of tools used, the way the tools were used and the final shape. As the evening progressed they both commented on what and why they did things their way. Interesting.
Colin Smith our regional representative showed us how to make a hollow form without the need for any special hollowing tools. He did this by splitting the wood into two sections and turning the inside of each one. He then carefully joined the two together and finished the outside using a set of small indentations to hide to hide the join. Well done Colin.
Peter Nicholls gave us a very interesting talk about how to use, select and prepare wood ready for turning. He told us that it is better to spend some time thinking what the wood might be used for and then do some pre-
We had a most interesting evening with Tom Kittle who spent some of the evening explaining how he got new ideas for his turning by looking and collecting pictures of other items such as pottery and other turners and then making subtle changes to fit his ideas. He then went on to show us how he sets about making such a piece showing us some unusual cuts and tools. He got a lot of ideas and information across without making a finished item
For something very different we were given a very interesting talk about the history and variations of bows and arrows. He brought many examples of replicas he had made and explained why changes were made to fit the different uses. We learnt a lot from Willie.
One of our members Brian Mansfield is a very experienced pattern maker for metal casting. Brian had been making patterns for many years and it turned out that he had made patterns for a number things needed for woodturning lathes. This included a number of tool rests. Brian explained that as metal shrank when cooling to a solid he had to use special rulers set for different metals. He also told us that he had to use the woodturning lathe to make some parts of the patterns
This month saw the special whole day event of this year and to demonstrate we had Colwin Way who gave us a superb demonstration. Colwin gave us a quick idea of his turning life so far telling us that he now works for Axminster as tutor and demonstrator during the week and at week ends he spends a good amount of time making things which likes and sells. His demonstration showed very well his experience of his tutoring meaning that he explained his techniques and ideas in a way that was very helpful to everyone. He started making a chairleg and made it look so easy with much use of a German style skew chisel. He then followed with a candlestick which had a beautiful shape. He made a goblet with a very nice double twist on the stem just by eye. He then finished with an apple and a pear. I am sure that everyone learnt something during this day. I certainly did thank you Colwin