A Branch of the
Association of Woodturners of Great Britain
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
Shaun Clifford gave us an intriguing evening. He started by turning a handled cup in one piece and had us all guessing how he could do this. The answer was that he turned all the parts that could be turned but left a piece sticking out all round which he then cut the un-
Darren Breeze gave us an excellent demonstration of a number of the techniques he uses on some of his plates. His explanations were very clear and he did not waste any time by completely finishing things he just got on to the next idea. He showed many ideas which were easily copied by many of our members. He also said that he prefers not to completely cover the item with colour so that the wood is entirely hidden. The last item although not taken to what he would consider a final finish gave us a good idea of how it would look. Thank you Darren for a great evening.
Paul Howard gave us a very interesting evening by showing how to make a very strange Inro box on a string with a handle. The box was turned in two pieces which were stuck together each side of a small spacing piece of wood brown paper was used to make separation easier. Once turned the pieces were separated from the spacer and joined together giving a shaped box, not a true round. A handle was then made plus two rings which enabled a leather string to be fed through the to and bottom of the box. This enable it to be easily carried on a the waist of a Japanese Kimono to carry small objects.
Tony Walton made us all get our binoculars out to se the very small items he turned. He gave us lots of advice about how to set about this including how to acquire tiny little cutters to make the captive rings. His largest item was a pedestal dish 3.5cms high made from three pieces including a very decorative dish made from scrap wood. This demo will help our members to make such tiny things for our August instant gallery. Thank you Tony
Roger Foden surprised us by making a heart shaped bowl. This was not an easy task as the off centre bits meant that great care had to be taken to keep fingers away and to make small cuts with a very sharp tool. The final result was very impressive. Thank you also Roger for showing that two hands were not essential.
A first time for one of our members Terry Harragan to demonstrate for half an evening. He came up with a slightly different way to turn a bowl. He left a rise in the middle of the bowl and let into the top a military button. This looked very attractive but he told us that a coin could also be placed there. The Bowl was ideal for small things like sweeties. Terry chose to make the bowl with very dry oak which is not easy to turn but he managed OK
The second half of this evening was done by John Butcher who was also a club member doing something for us for the first time. He first l told us about lace bobbins, the various types and the important things to know about them. His project was a rather elegant lace bobbin decorated with gleaming brass wire stitched into the stem of the bobbin. He then in the last 10 minutes made a little pendant
Well done both of you
June 29th 2019
Richard Findley was our celebrity demonstrator for 2019. What a great day this was. We heard from a professional turner how he was able to achieve great turning results efficiently enough to earn a good living. He showed the basic tools which he used and how he ground them. He discussed the variations which others use and pointed out that whatever works for you and gives good results must be OK. He made it clear that the use of the body to steer the cut was the best way when that was possible. He discussed the variations available for the skew chisel and said that he was not sure that there was a lot of difference in the performance of them. He gave us lots of tips and showed that if you wish to turn things efficiently then good planning was the way. He made two things, in the morning a chair leg with a barley twist and in the afternoon a round bottom bowl. I am sure that everyone in the room will have learnt a number of worthwhile ideas and techniques. Thank you Richard
Brian Partridge showed us what to do with some grotty bits of wood. He pointed out that using bits of wood which might normally be thrown out could be turned into something useful and if not gave an opportunity to try a new idea without the risk of wasting a good piece of wood and also give some practice which most of us need to help with our woodturning activity. He showed that wood worm might not be as bad as it looked on the outside. He managed to get a piece of rotten wood looking OK by hardening the wood with sanding sealer. He turned a piece of Laurel branch cut two days before, which spat on his face but still had not split two weeks after. He retrieved a square of wood from a very split piece of cherry and made a handle for a pie knife. He also showed that a grotty bit of oak gatepost could have a good look if scorched on the outside. Was this a useful evening????
Andy gave us a detailed presentation showing lots of interesting things about bowl turning. From how to get a shape that looks good to what tools are available for bowl turning. He also showed that the idea of turning the outside from bottom to top is not always essential and where this is OK your body will have much better control to form the shape. He also showed us a way to use up odd bits of wood by sticking them together to form the blank for a nice dish.