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February 2017
Our chairman Alan Arnold spent an evening showing us how to make something from the inside out. Not that easy to turn the inside from the outside and then reverse the 4 pieces of wood to turn the outside!!!!! He showed us how careful you need to be to get 4 square pieces of wood fastened together firmly but then split them to turn them all round and finish. This all took some time and Alan left the final spigot on so that he could do the finishing at home (see Picture) A very interesting evening.

March 2017
Terry Smart from Chestnut Finishes gave us a very useful evening showing us how to go about finishing in various different ways. His test piece consisted of three different types of wood and he showed us how best to sand and get a really fine finish and in doing so he explained in some detail how these finishes worked. He also brought his shop along and supplemented our own shop with additional products which we do not stock.

May 2017
Simon lamb showed us all about turning on a pole lathe. He started with a piece of Ash branch and split it into several pieces with an axe. He then showed us how to do a rough shape with the axe and then got it very close to a round piece with a draw knife. Then it was put on the lathe which was an elasticated structure with a foot pedal. The final result was a shaped rod which was used to make a ball of cotton by hand. This was a very complete demonstration of what the Bodgers would do in the woodlands years ago.

June 2017
Roger Foden gave us a super evening this month. He showed us how to make one of his favourite pieces ‘an egg box’ . This may seem a simple project but it enable him to show a number of tools and ways to use them which many of our members were not familiar with. It is this sort of demonstration which helps us all, even the ‘experts’. Thank you Roger.

June Celebrity Day
We had a whole day with Les Thorne who gave us lots of tips and hints, showed us how a professional goes about turning, made us laugh and produced some really nice items.
We had a really great day.Thank you Les

July 2017
Jennie Starbuck gave us plenty to think about when she showed us a great variety of textures decorations and finishes and her display of items she brought were superb thank you so much Jennie.

September 2017
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.

August 2017
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.

October 2017

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.  

December 2017
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!!!