A Branch of the
Association of Woodturners of Great Britain
We thought it would be a good idea to encourage you all to send the odd picture of things you are up to at the moment. So send please me a picture with a few words and I will put it on our website
Colin Plumb tries his hand at a natural edge bowl and a strange animal.
Paul Howard suggested that you might like to make a lidded box like the one in the drawing.
Brian Partridge tries his hand at a three cornered dish after seeing Andy Coates do it. You start with a square box mounted between opposite corners and move on from there. Turn gently and as fast as comfortable with very sharp tools.
Here are photos of my latest efforts. Rob Nairn
Paul Howard sends you drawing of a candlestick to tempt you to do a bit of spindle turning.
Colin Plumb has made an interesting pen and pencil holder with a natural edge top.
Brian Partridge has made a ladies pendant using a grot piece of wood and the off centre jig made from a kit supplied by Paul Howard
From Mick Brown
My latest offering Lidded vase in Mahogany with tulipwood and Zebrano feature ring and Ash knob. 8” diameter 10”high 157 pieces
Nick Foss sent these pictures of his current activities.
An enlarged lighthouse, inspired by Alan’s demo.
A table light, split yew log, filled with resin, then routed flat and sanded to 2500 grit.
John Warner is now recovering from his health problems and sends these pictures
One or two items including an off centre figure an oak beer mug and two other pieces
This is a Capston for sailing barge Pudge in progress on the lathe
Bryan Wearmouth recent pictures
At Harrogate last year I bought Simon Hope’s threading jig, hence most of the boxes I have been turning recently are threaded as in the Yew picture .
The camphor box (not threaded) has a lid from the core of the blank. The eucalyptus bowl was turned from a square blank that showed no outward signs of the cavity that was in the middle.
A bowl from Terry Harragan.
It is nice to see Bowl made in Cherry 230/150mm. This shows some natural features. Some turners are inclined to only get plainer pieces when finding wood. Well done Terry.
From Tim Bell
just finished this. I was looking through old Woodturner msgs and found this from 2010 Philip Greenwood. Plant stand. At the time I was too inexperienced to make it.
Had some wood lying around ( actually I have a lot lying around) so why not?
The top and base are 6 yr oak , quite dry and nasty, the stem a lylandiia branch 2/3 yrs. Not very good for spindle work (prone to split)
Base 240 top 205 o/a high 600
Brian Turner shows us some of the things he has been making including the cones which can move up a hill on their own
Not wood turning, but three things I have made out of wood I that was given to me by next door who imports BMW motorbikes into this country for his business as a motorbike trainer and this is the wood they come packed in.
To start May off Brian Partridge completed the three cornered dish which was shown as a block of wood mounted on the lathe corner to corner in March. It was not easy to turn as the Holly was dry and required very sharp tools to cut particularly at the corners. It looked fine until the finishing oil was applied and then slight circular abrasions showed up, as you will see.
He then put this back on the lathe and using a scraper with very gentle cuts and three re sharpenings he managed to achieve an acceptable final finish. It was the oil which showed up the errors. This may be due to putting too much pressure on the tool this bruised the wood but did not show until applying finishing oil
Alan Arnold shows us what he made from the large lump of Beech which he got from Shaun at his demonstration. It shows that it is not a good idea to chuck a piece of wood away just because it does not look to good.
Paul Howard has another interesting project for you to try. It is the hand rattle which has a number of pieces that you hope will fit together There is a link to two appropriate design drawings.
linked from HERE as a word document
Paul Howard has another project for you. It is a whistle which may look very simple but you need to follow the drawing carefully. Be sure to use a fine saw blade to cut the bird’s mouth the shape of the body can be what you like.
Click HERE to see pdf of drawing a fine tooth saw
to cut rd
Mick Brown has been at it again
Just a few bits during lockdown to keep me going.
Plywood vase 19inches tall 9inches Diameter
8 inch goblet made for local church
This is my first attempt at doing a Paul Howard ball I just put a lot of odd bits of wood together, squared it off then hoped for the best, I made the stand from a piece of scaffold pole Sitting on a wood base
Brian Partridge ended with a hole in the side of this pot made from an irregular piece of Yew. This means that once you have opened the hole the shavings all come out on their own. It also means that other turners can see what a mess the inside turning is. H 160mm
Here is a picture of a platter made in Elm it is 305mm in diameter and was a pleasure to make.
Made these bowls after trying to make them several times! Kept cutting them the wrong way. Succeeded eventually..
Now what to do next?
Finished these two boxes today, just over 5 inches diameter and 6 inches tall
Made from Iroko, beech, pine and one other unknown wood
Not exactly a pair but close enough for me
Colin Plumb has been at it again
First 2 photos are a bread platter up and under side made from a odd rough piece of yew
Third photo a small peanut bowl also from yew
Forth small bowl also yew
A bit of nice carpentry from
Brian Partridge has just made the biggest pot in his life from Monkey Puzzle.
H 36cm D 27cm
There was a little fungus round part of the top, decoration? It had to be turned slowly as it was out of balance all the time. Chisels needed a number of sharpens and had to be used gently as the branches were very hard and the rest was softer. This caused bounce if much pressure was used.
Brian Turner says he is sending these to America, does this make him an international turner!?
Ronald Clements Has produced this beautiful looking plate. Well done.
I was given a small stump about two years or so ago by someone who did not know what the tree was, but thought it was a fruit tree and would have interesting grain. I had my doubts. I rough turned it and then wrapped it in newspaper and left it for a year or more. This year when turning it weak and rotted bits and knots fell off and left holes, some of which I patched with Milliput, which I found helped hold the remains together. I nearly gave up on it several times but made something of it in the end.
Brian Wearmouth sends two more pictures. How did he make the horn?
Rob Nairn stops turning to spend time as a builder to work on his workshop