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April 2018
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

May 2018
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.

June 2018
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.

July 2018
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-preparation before storing it. He explained that just taking a chunk of green wood and storing it to dry out would often result in an unsatisfactory final result. Peter then followed up by making a baton

August 2018
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

September 2018

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.

October 2018
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

October 2018
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

December 2018

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-needed bits off using saw and carving tools just leaving the bit needed for the handle wow. He did explain that it need more work to get the fine finish which he would want but did not want to bore us. He followed up in the second half by taking a bit of branch and creating a superb tea light holder. What a great evening.

March 2019
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.

February 2019
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.

April 2019
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

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

July 2019
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????

August 2019
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.

September 2019

Ed Oliver came up from Kent to show us his ideas for decorating hollow forms. He started by showing how to turn a basic hollow form by first drilling with a forstner bit down to where the inside would extend, followed by the use of the Simon Hope skew scraper to get the rest of the inside out. This was all done very quickly to show the basics. He then followed with pre-prepared pieces to show a number of ways to decorate hollow forms. He gave us lots of ideas which I am sure some of our members will try. Thank you very much Ed for a very good evening

May 2019

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

June 2019

Well done both of you

October 2019
It was great to see David Floyd back demonstrating despite his disability he gave us an interesting half evening on pen making. He did not make a pen but covered a great many many useful points which I am sure were of interest to all of us. He also showed us how useful two of the available tools which would help anyone wishing to make a large quantity of pens. Thank you David.

December 2019

Graham Slaughter gave us an evening about slightly different bowls and pots. He showed us how to make a pot with a slightly different shape to normal, a pot with a square side and a bowl with a square side.  Very interesting.

February 2020

Our Chairman Alan Arnold was persuaded to give us an evening this year and chose to make a Lighthouse set on a small island. This proved to be an interesting project which to our surprise included a light at the top. He said that he would like to have made the light go round but did not have time to work this out. The windows in the top were made using a router and the 24 step of the lathe. This was then followed with some carving of a suitable lump of would to look like a rocky  island using a mini rotating cutter. Note that it is important to keep hands well clear of the cutter and the item being cut well clamped down.

March 2020

Shaun Clifford brought along a grotty wet lump of Beech and proceeded to turn it into a very attractive pot. In doing so he was ably to show us the use of some basic standard tools. In particular he showed us his hollowing tools which comprised a standard bar and handle with a very simple cutting edge glued into the end with instant glue. These ends were very easily changed when the time came and did an excellent and easy job. He followed up with a decorated rim using a simple high speed drill. I am sure we all thought why on earth are we spending so much on our own tools? A very good evening thank you Shaun.