Club Evening General

Club Evening - General

       Usually there are two kinds of evenings

     1 - Introduction to a Turning project , with a demonstration.

     2 - The following month is a competition evening when members bring their project work. All members then vote

           on the pieces and points  are totalled up for trophies at the AGM in March. Photos of the competition are

     shown  on the Competition Gallery page.

       Each month though , members can bring any turning they have done for constructive criticism . Photos of these

       are on the Members' work  page.


July 19 - Mirror Finish - Paul

    Paul started by explaining the a mirror finish worked well on figured wood and was also better on some hard woods. He went on to detail some of  the different types possible for such a finish , viz:- Brasso, acrylic laquer, super glue, adding that these would give a non-repairable hard finish. French polish on the other hand would also give a mirror finish but was repairable. 

He also stresssed (and showed) the importance of a fine surface to start with and sanding down to 1200 could be necessary depending on the piece. He also stressed the importance of wiping the piece in between grits eg with a tack cloth..

Photo below left shows an initial sanding.  After a first coat of sander/sealer and further sanding he buffed the piece to bring up a high shine (see right hand side of finished piece below. Then he did a similar process with french polish, which is on the left hand side of the finished piece.

 For his second finish Paul used some box wood. After sanding he applied super glue with a pad (see left). Then after letting it dry, he buffed it and applied a second coat. Then further buffing (see technique below) using yorkshire grit compound.

Photo right shows the end result.


These photos show the use of the buffing wheel . Here for producing a mirror shine on a bowl .

Below left he applies a cutting compound onto the wheel and then buffs the bowl. Carnuba  is then applied  to the buffing wheel and the bowl buffed as shown below centre. Photo right shows the finished result

                                   June 20 Open Spirals - Graham

        Above - showing some of the stages for creating a spiral  with finsihed article on the  left and an exhibition piece  (?) on the right.

May 16 - Tool Sharpening - Paul

 Below left is a Creusen grinder which runs at a much slower speed that the above the aim of which is to reduce the risk of overheating. note also the wheel is much wider . Centre below is a Tormek with larger wheels with the left one water cooled.

 On the right is a Sorby belt sharpener which will give a flatter bevel.

  Paul explained that ther are 4 diferent  types of grinder/sharpener generally available.

 1st  the dry grinder (see left), the most common  for which you can get different grit wheels (80 for reshape & 100 for sharpening). 

The wheels have had a series of evolutions with different colours and different constituents. Prices can vary from £20 - £120.

Above shows the wheel being cleaned  Freehand sharpening for   Also for a bowl gouge         Sharpening with a jig which gives greater

                                                                a parting tool                                                                   accuracy once set up.

   not shown is the sharpening process for a skew and a scraper.


                                                                April 18 Natural Edge - Paul

Paul started by explaining that the two most usual types of natural edge are end and side grain. However  for either it's most important to keep hands well clear of the irregular pieces whirling round. 

Photos  right show various examples of his showing a wide variety and an inspiration for next months competition!

Photo left shows him setting up a side grain piece using a drive centre and tailstock 

      End of initial shaping       After making foot and reversing piece, here hollowing .    Reversed again for more shaping with Rik's help!   

  reversed again and held in the chuck with a 

  special pad for final shaping                              Decorating the top edge                                 Finished piece           

                                                                Burr piece with planned 'legs'

  Setting up off centre                                             Initial shaping                                         Turning the foot allowing for legs 


 Having reversed the piece, starting to hollow                                                 Further hollowing

                                          time ran out but Paul explained that after finishing the inside, three legs would be cut (see next week!)

March 21st       AGM

    THE AGM is always combined with  a wood  sale thanks to Paul.

Photo left shows our chairman John Bolt preparing to start the meeting  with Trevor (taking minutes) to his left and then Clive our treasurer who gave his usual report on the club accounts.

Photo right shows Paul & Greta chatting to Kevin  Fox over the wood sale. It was very busy before this photo was taken.

Best Beginner - Bill Gibson                                            Most Improved - Clive Potter                Design & Creativity -  Vic Russell

                                                                           The Trophy  Winners 2019

Presidents Cup  & runner-up  Table A                                                                                          Table B Joint  Winners -  Bill Gibson  &

 Nick Jazwinski                                                    Service to the Club - Ian McClure                     Vic Russell


On the left is Table A winner (again!) Ed Walker. Ed  was away so this is him winning in 2016!

On the right is Table B runner-up   Alan Brooks

Feb 21st - Long  & Thin - Graham


    Graham showed three examples emphasising the importance of supporting the piece to avoid the 'whipping' or flexing of the long piece.

Shown right Graham supports the piece with fingers over it whilst the thumb strengthens the tool position.

 On the left, a 'clive potter' candlestick. After roughing down and  taking care to stop flexing, Graham then made a spigot for a base. Then after cutting off and remounting with a special chuck, he made a final sanding with the finished piece shown on the right. See also below some fully finished pieces he'd made earlier.

Below - Spiral twist (barley sugar effect) .For holding in the headstock  graham had shaped one end to a Morse taper . Then after roughing down he marked out the spiral positions by eye . Below left shows him shaping the spirals by hand with the left hand rotating the piece as he cuts with a microplane tool. 

Below centre shows him sanding  the 'edges' having shaped the whole piece with the finished piece below right

For his third piece, Graham demonstrated turning using the  'trembler' technique. This involves using a special wooden support tied to the turning by string .

In this case, Graham moved the support as he turned towards the headstock but as can be seen by visiting the website of Jean Francois Escoulen , he uses many supports.

The aim is to enable very thin turning with long pieces.

                                                  Below are examples of Graham's 'thin' work 


                                                                                    Jan 17 - Spoons & Ladles - Paul


   Paul had 3 examples of this subject   :- An ordinary Spoon, a 'Ragu' round spoon and a Ladle. In the event there was no time for the ladle. He suggested that  good woods for this subject were fruit woods, beech, maple and sycamore. 


  Shown right is an example of the spoon , his first demo. Below left a flat base piece is mounted on the lathe . Whilst below centre Paul is shaping the spoon end after first marking inside the edge as a visual check. After turning the handle to a cylinder, he then removed it from the lathe and sanded the spoon 'top' with a proxxon  tool (below right)



       He then mounted a sanding disc on the llathe and sanded                                  The finished spoon

       the 'bottom' of the spoon to shape.


     'RAGU' Spoon  Above left is an example which, to start with, is worked in a similar way to the other spoon in that the 'flat' is mounted on the lathe and the spoon outside shape turned (above centre). Then the handle is turned but as the spoon is to be hollow-shaped on the lathe, the spoon head has to be separated from the handle. Above right shows the preparation for a cut. (after cutting leaving a spigot ,the spoon end is then drilled to receive the spigot) 


Below left shows the spoon head mounted on a 2-jaw chuck which then hollowed (next left) the next photo shows the head shaped (not clearly I'm afraid) with the receiving hole for the handle. Below right shows the spoon re-assembled.



                                                                Nov 15 - Banjo making - Graham & Alex Potter

  Alex is a musical instrument maker from Sway and friend of Graham.


Below left is part of the circular base made up from an octagonal piece .Next photo shows an example of three pieces glued and trued up . For the demo Graham mounted a composite base on the lathe to be turned into a circular shape.


  Below right is the 'solid' for the neck with an outline of the area to be cut away.


 Below left shows the base end of the neck finished whilst      

 the other two photos show the top and front of the neck                                                                       the vellum (underneath) placed over the 

 The fret  will be fixed to the face after this                             the vellum for the base                            base with a string looped plastic to 

                                                                                                                                                                stretch the vellum evenly.


  Left a finished banjo.



      Right Alex playing one of his creations.


October 18 -  Animals - John & Graham


    A selection of animals made by JB from the simple but effective to the elaborate snake which can be lit with its led bulbs.


     Graham's first piece was a bird which he had half prepared by cutting the tail piece on a band saw and gluing dark wood into     the cuts . Below left shows the piece at the start . Next after roughing down he shaped the body before placing it on an elaborate    jig for more shaping. photo right shows a piece he'd made earlier showing as far as he could go on a lathe.

   Mouse (or pig) - Graham here truing up a cylinder berfore shaping front and back . Right shows final shape before removing foot and decorating.


  Graham's other bird was a robin with a composite circular piece of sequoia & yew with the aim of making many birds. middle photo shows the shaping of the robin's redbreast. After reversing the piece now setting up to shape the beech head and body. 


KIT PROJECTS - John & Paul SEPT 20

   JB  showed that there are many kits or accessories that can be used to add another dimension to turning. Shown here (left) are tiles and pot-pourri tops as well as back scratcher kits (made up)  On the right a many shapes of clock units which just need an approproate housing as well as clock 'bits' giving more flexibilty in design. Axminster have a good selection .

   Paul demonstrated a pen kit. Shown below (centre) a blank cut in two and mounted on the lathe. On the right shaping the blank down to the right size. Then after removing the pieces inserting the barrel (kit) in the and closing it all up using the tail stock .the finished piece shown on the right.


                                August 16  Bowls basic and 'Deconstructed'

                             Paul explained his method of basic bowl turning starting with a

                             rough-turned piece .  As this had changed shape  Paul centred  it by

                             using a centre point made earlier (see right). Next he made a spigot

                              and reversed the piece and (below left) removed the original chuck

                             recess . Then he removed some of the inside to make a thinner piece

                             (below centre). Finally reversing onto Cole Jaws to remove the foot

                              and make a smooth curved shape (below right). the finished bowl  is

                              shown inside & outside (2nd layer below)             

    THE PLAQUE - 7 strips of wood taped together & stuck to a baseboard .  Then grooves cut as shown (centre) . After removing and    separating the pieces they can be arranged for artistic effect.

  In the same way a bowl can be cut into strips               

  (below) and arranged even to a 3D effect      Two amazing constructs  with circular pieces cut and reformed by John Bolt

Finishes & Arbortec tools - July 19

     Ed Walker  - Crackle Finish


  Ed explained the 'make-up' of this process and started  with a DIY method but despite much effort & patience he wasn't successful. So he used a proprietry paint called Plastikote . First he put on  a pva base coat  then applied the Plasikote.

Photos show the the various effects he obtained  together with a finished dish shown

                 bottom right.

    Graham Turner  showed various techniques

   Top left- 'an accident' achieved on Chestnut wood         Above the effect of colouring on an                  Here just painting the grain

    with a base yellow paint                                                  open grain piece

   elow,  after painting, these pieces were cut back         A Laburnum piece with colour applied then             This piece was first battered before

   with wire wool to remove some paint then wax        cut back but burnishing oil used                               painting then trimmed off and sanded


        John Bolt - Sprays and Irridessent (spelling?)  paint

    Piece above has a flecked finish                                        A flecked stone finish                                   A marble spray

  Using a mix of various paints on a special rotatable                                      2 magnificent finished pieces

wheel then applying an 'air spray' and repeating the

the process again.


  Richard  - Arbortech tools

As I was doing the demo I have photographed the pieces with each tool. Top left, the industrial carver here shaping  legs on a bowl. Top middle is the turbo plane blade for flattening/smoothing rough surfaces.  Top right is the mini carver here shaping a hollow  in an irregular shaped dish.

On left is the ball gouge with a circular cutter on a stem so is ideal for removing the middle of a piece as well as creating a chiselled appearance on a flat surface.

On the right are a few pieces where some of these tools have been used.

Fruit  - ,Ed Walker,  Adrian Hart & John Boult     June 21


 Ed Walker showed lemon making

Above shaping one end & then texturing the piece he  sanded it & reversed the piece into a jam chuck then  textured the other end with a spiral  tool (see above)

The finished piece on the left with a coloured piece  he made earlier                                         

      Initial shaping for a Strawberry (below)          after texturing here sanding                          a finished piece made earlier

 For his Apple,  Adrian first shaped the piece (spalted silver birch) and after sanding reversed it to shape the base. For a stalk he used a twig while on top was a clove top.

the finished piece shown below. He also made the pear (below) by a simiar method except that the base was shaped first


    John making bananas started with a disc         Having cut through the disc , now marking

to make 2 pieces Above cutting the inside          and then cutting the segment


Left shows a special jig made by john to

hold the segment so he can shape the end

Unfortunately  we ran out of time so hopefully

  we can show the finish at a later date.

   Watch this space!


April 19th - Spalted timber turning - Paul

March 15  - AGM


  Paul's wood sale in full swing                                                          Trophy winners

                                                       Service award to David Game       Table A runner up Nick                 Table A winner - Paul



Feb 15 - Ring Stand & Other Jewellery - Paul

 Paul explained that there are many different possibilities for turners in this area and showed some examples (see right) .

He chose 3 examples for his demonstration  :-

  1 - A ring stand

  2 - A Bangle

  3 - A ring

      Paul , after roughing down a cylinder , shaped the piece with a suitable diameter at the top for rings then sanded it . After which he polished it with a mop on the lathe.

For the Bangle he used a screwchuck. After initial shaping he started cutting the inside but before going right through he decorated

the surface using a microplane tool (see far right)

        Here the final cut though using a thin parting tool  then sanding the inside using a special home-made jig with velcro to hold the sand paper

  For the ring he used pink ivory wood

cutting the inside diameter to suit a strengthening metal ring  then  shaping the outside and cutting through he then glued the metal ring inside and placed the piece on a another special home-made jig to shape the outside. After sanding and polishing the finished ring is shown


Jan 18 2018 - Crush Grind Salt &

Pepper Mills  - Graham Turner

  Graham started by explaining that there are two types of mechanisms. the usual one is a metal shaft but  Graham demonstrated the crush grind type shown

right .For either he strongly emphasised that great care is needed with the measurements for a good fit. When photographing each phase , each needed a lot of text so only a summary is shown . For best results ,study the drawings as well as the instructions from the kit.

For detailed drawings of both types see the documents page. For suppliers see and

 Drilling out the base with a Forstner bit                  Shaping the top shoulder                         with the mechanism inserted pushing the top in

                                                                                                                                                 using the tailstock.

  Decorating the sides                              The finished piece                                   Two other designs by Graham

                                                          Hollowing and hollowing tools - Nov 16  - Paul

     Paul went through the history of hollowing tools which started with Stephen Cooper's 'pick' type

     then the swan neck type which gave greater ability but was limited by a short shaft. (see right)

     Then came Phil Irons 'woodcut' model  followed by a hook type with an adjustable cover to

                                       control the amount of cut (see left) .


                                       The 'head' was then made with an adjustable crank to give yet more

                                        versatility (see below left) There are other models (eg Roly Munro, Simon

                                       Hope) . there is a final 'advance with an 'outrigger' attached which helps to

                                        stop any twisting. (see below right)

   Paul making  a start to hollowing (1)     then gradually widening the hollow   (2)                           Attilio having a go (3)


      October 19 - Geoff Knott  - Ray Jones style chair

 Ray Jones is well known for his miniature style chairs and Geoff gave  an admirable demo of how the individual pieces are made that go to make up this chair.

Bead cutting a leg strecher      Preparing a leg                    The two finished pieces (leg on left)

with a spanner as a guide.

    The finished base (seat)                                             cutting the back to make 2 semi-circular    Having cut through  here removing the

                                                                                       pieces from one piece                                outer circle which will be cut in half               

    Her showing how to get the correct angle for                                  The finished chair.

    drilling holes for the legs


August 17 - 'In the style of'                         

Paul explained that  the title 'in the style of famous woodturners (eg Stuart

    Mortimer & Spiral turning) is the idea for the next competition  to turn a piece in the style of a pro they like ,preferably backed up by a picture of the pro's work

                                                         Shaping the dish to 2mm thin            Fine shaping Note use of left hand    showing the pyrography marks

                                                         enough for cutting                              to steady the rim                               made for decoration.

   Showing shaping cuts made with                                                                                   This is Paul's oriiginal which was the inspiration

   a Dremel tool


               June 16 - Ukibori  demonstration by  Graham

  The technique goes like this - : using a hard punch with a very smooth rounded end, the wood is depressed a small amount beneath the surface. The surface is then turned down level with the bottom of the depression formed by the punched  area . Then the depressions are wetted with boiling water or steamed.  Since the wood in the depression was compressed,the crushed wood fibres will swell up when wet, creating a bump above the surrounding surface.

Top right an example of depressions made.

Left - Graham turning down the piece to the level of the base of depressions

  Right - The piece with slightly raised 'pimples'. This was not very successful due to the llimitations of steaming at the club.but it shows the idea.


       April 22nd  - Twin-walled Bowl  - Paul

         March 16   AGM



    Left - Paul's magnificent array of wood blanks for sale

                                                       Right - the 9 trophies


The Winners

Best Beginner - Nick Gosden            Most Improved - Nick Jazwinski     Most Creative - Bob Randall          Service to club - Ann Davison

                                                                                                                      Bob also won the table B


  Table B joint runners-up  Joe McGuire &                                 Table A runner-up David Game                 Table A winner Ed Walker . Ed was

   Nick Jazwinski .Joe was also winner of                                                                                                    away on the night so this is him

   the president's cup for design                                                                                                                      winning it last year


Feb 16 - Woodcarving

             There were pieces from 3 woodcarving clubs on display :-

the Dorset Stickmakers, Mudeford Carvers and  Lymington.

Mike Tuck (left) gave an introduction as well as his usual plug for the 'Dorset Do' An annual event with hobbies & crafts in action on 23 Sept.

( see 

       Alan Leagas (right) runs the Lymington club and explained their meeting details. He also emphasised the differences with turning as carving was a much longer process .Below are just some of the amazing  items on display

19 Jan 2017

Something for the Kitchen - Paul

   Paul began by suggesting many possibilities for this project such as a kitchen towel holder and a  storage jar (see examples right). Also a pessel & mortar, a scoop, a ladle which can be in various sizes. The example he chose to demonstrate is a rolling pin.

  He also suggested the the following woods as being suitable  :- sycamore, beech, cherry and any fruit woods.

   Having rough turned the main body he then drilled a centre hole half way,photo (btm left). After reversing the piece he repeated the drilling to complete the hole.

   Next he used a parting tool to make marker diameters at each end at some points along the body . Then he turned down it down to the correct diameter using the markers.

Middle photo shows him trimmimg one end with a skew

After sanding down he removed the piece .

Photo right shows him shaping the central spindle  piece

   Photo below left shows the thread            Below centre starting the hole for          Testing the spindle for screw compatibility with the

   chasing on the spindle                               the other handle (later enlarged              other handle.

                                                                      and thread chased

 Showing the three individual parts with the thread                                            The finished piece

  chasing visible on the end of the spindle piece

Workshop evening - Nov 17

  Joe McGuire   - wood piercing

  Joe demonstrated various tools that he used including a Dremmel and a Proxxon mini jigsaw. He stressed the importance of holding

  the piece firmly whilst piercing. He prefers using Laurel wood.                                            Below a finished piece

   Ed Walker -

        Buffing Techniques

Left - Ed buffing up a shine with Carnuba wax applied to the buffing mop.


Applying a finish to a dish using danish oil on the mop.

Ed stressed that you should not put too much wax/oil on the mop and when you use Danish Oil do not precede it with sander/sealer.

  Paul Reeves - Metal leaf decoration

Paul explained there were different types of foil generally available from art shops. (also available via Amazon ed.) The best use is in small pieces to highlight areas of the turning. it's best to use the special adhesive but only apply it where the 'leaf' is to go and also use sander sealer first if the wood is 'raw'.

  Photos above (centre) show a sheet as purchased  whilst on the right foil has been applied on concave cuts round the edge of a piece .

  Cutting an outline          after glue applying the foil                and round the edge of a bowl                         in various stages of application   

   with a carver                 with a soft brush

October 20 - Workshop night  - Christmas Decorations

     1 JB   - Christmas Trees. John started by suggesting that medium density wood was most suitable for creating the 'leaf' effect and advising that you practise the technique of the leaf effect before you shape the tree.To make this you dig thelong point of a skew straight in to the ppiece to a depth of 1.5 mm  approx. then after moving the tool slightly parallell to the piece you 'turn' the leaf (see below)

           Dipping the leaves on with green paint                       sprinkling glitter on                                            the finished pieces


    2 Bob Williams - Angels


  Setting up the piece        Shaping the base, body and the head                       2 views of a finished piece, the halo cut from plastic

    3 Pyrography - Graham  here explaining        Moira showing her skill

      the technique to Wendy

    4  Rotating Wind  piece - Adrian Hart. Having lathe incompatibility problems Adrian could only show how he had made the model

          THe piece should have candles suitably positioned round the base with the blades overlapping to catch the rising heat.

                                            A circular ring              A Christmas tree                    A central hub                        the assembled piece

  August 18 - Toy for a child under 5 - Paul


        Paul began by emphasising that the criteria for this project was vastly different from the usual in that the main purpose is that the toy is functional and  safe to use. He mentioned that it would be beneficial to check with any health & safety websites

(eg ). Suitable woods are Sycamore, Beech, Ash, Oak and Fruit trees to name but a few.

                                   Paul's choice as a demo is a rolling rattle toy

Roughing down one of the dongers              The finished piece (hole drilled beforehand)            Turning one of the wheels                                   

The finished wheel (tread included)    Holes made on the inside for cross pieces     Assembling                        The finished Toy

July 21 Air Brush Painting


   SKIN as he prefers to be known, started by explaining that there were different types of airbrush . the one he uses (see far right) is a double action  brush (cost £150 but which gives much greater precision. He showed the use of stencils to give shapes but aso did freehand work ( see skull far right) . Control is a matter of practice. JB, Ed W and Graham all had a go using JB's Lidl compressor which although had limitations, nevertheless produced reasonable results

Examples of Skin's work are shown below . On the left is a customised motor cycle mudguard. Central is a general 'picture'  and on the right is a a motor cycle headguard in Michael Schumacker's livery.

June 16 Wood turned Art - Graham Turner

Graham started by saying that for this project tthere were 2 'rules' :-

     1 The project should show Imagination

     2  The project should demonstrate technical Skill.

    Graham first made  an example where the wood itself , cankered ash, presented artisitic possibilities but also required a lot of skill.

 First shaping the piece                         After drillling a hole with a forstner drilll bit, here using 'woodcut'                   the finished piece

                                                               hollow form tool with a special tool rest jig for extra steadiness

                                                                                        two other similar pieces

Applying dye colour to a dish            Sanding down                             buffing up with carnuba wax                  the finished piece

May 19 - Turning Wet Wood - Paul

 Paul here is demonstrating an end-over-end turning of 'wet' sycamore.

Left shaping the foot and the outside

Right - the outside and foot completed

now peparing to reverse the piece


Having reversed the piece, now shaping the inside

The  finished piece

Paul  started by stressing the importance of being very selective with wet wood , particularly branch wood which has different characteristics to trunk wood.

He went on to explain wood shrinkage :- longtitudinally is as little as 0.1% whilst circumferentially it can be up to 8 %

Much more info on this in Michael O'Donnell's excellent book 'Turning Green wood' (published by GMC).

He also suggested the technique of 'rough turning' which involves turning the wet wood to a 'rough' shape of its intended finish This removes most of the wood that will be removed eventually anyway .

Shown right are some examples of shrinkage


Paper Joints and two-handled bowl - Paul

Left - A general view of our hall showing our new super big screen giving a much improved view for  everybody

Paul explained the history of the Scottish Quaich and the significance of the two handles.

Right - an example of a  two-handled bowl but the idea  is to make two at a time using a paper joint i.e. the wood glued with a piece of paper in between to ease separation after turning.

A split cylinder of wood with a piece       turning down one handle shape    refining handle shape                  Checking the sphere shape 

of ply at each end to strengthen the                                                                                                                   with  a ply former


the pair of bowls still glued                     After separating the two pieces       After reversing onto the foot       Carefully finishing the top of

                                                                one half held in two jaws to             now hollowing out the bowl         the handle

                                                                cut a small foot on the base

Here's one I made earlier

March 17 2016 - AGM


    The AGM followed its traditional pattern. After apologies, the minutes of last year's meeting were approved. THen John Bolt (shown left) ) gave his report as chairman stating that the club was thriving with over 80 members.

He was followed by Clive Potter with his report on the statement of accounts as Treasurer. Briefly we are in good shape with a current surplus of over £350 for last year.

Apart from Moira Powell who is stepping down as secretary, all the present committee were re-elected. After the presentation of trophies (see below) members were able to buy wood at bargain prices thanks to Paul & Greta Reeves  & Geoff Knott.

                                                                                 Trophy Winners

  Best Beginner  David  Game       Most Improved turner Joe McGuire        Innovation & Creativity                Presidents Cup for Design

                                                                                                                               Andy Browne who also  was       Ed Walker who also was

                                                                                                                               runner-up for Table A                   winner for Table A



Table B winner Nick Jazwinski             Table B runner-up Adrian Hart  Services to the club Geoff Knott    The wood sale enjoyed by all


Feb 18 2016 - Workshop night

    We had 4 demos on the night with new Table A winner Ed Walker , previous winner Graham Turner, Stalwart and ex-professional Geoff Knott and Pen specialist Clive Potter. What with photograping the competition and members work,

it was not possible for me to cover all 4 demos in detail so i concentrated on Clive as pen making is an unusual technique.

Below left shows Ed at the lathe and the corkscrew handle                        Geoff demonstrated`how to undercut with special

he made.  He told me that he'd had to make over 40 corkscrews              reference to a deep requirement for a piece. Note

or bottle stoppers for a wedding!  Kits for these are available                 his stance, his grip  and positioning of the tool Axminster                                                                                                               

                                                                            Graham demonstrated how to successfully turn tall and thin objects .


                                                                              Note the use of the free hand in shaping the piece     A shape nearing completion                           examples of his work

Clive - Pen Making

Blanks with bushes ready            The Mandrel                      Pieces mounted on the    Shaping                       Sanding to a very fine

  to put on the mandrel                                                                mandrel on the lathe                                              finish

Inserting the pen body using a vice         the half-finished pen                                     adding the top                 A selection of pens

January 21 2016 

Coloured & Textured Platter - Paul


        As the next project competition is platters, Paul felt it important to 'spell out' a definition/rules to be


      It should stay level when used. For diameters up to 13" the foot should be no deeper than 1/2".

      For diameters  12-15" diameter the foot should not be deeper than 3/4".

      A platter does not necessarily have to have  a foot but if it does, it should be greater than 50 % in

       diameter of the overall width.

  Having Glued the blank  to an MDF back first cuts the foot            Close up of the home-made cutter which is inserted in the headstock

  then after eversing the piece marks out the boundary line for         and the piece offered up to make radial  cuts and then some angled

   the cuts                                                                                            (see below left)

   Having sprayed the piece in black              then coloured the cut-back            Finally removing the centre

   Paul has 'skimmed' off the surface             perimeter

   edge to reveal the black cuts



    Paul also showed how to get a  herringbone  effect using a spiral cutter (shown  left)

            with the finished effect shown right


                 Mixed Materials - Graham Turner    Nov 19th

                             Graham explained that the materials in question were

Pewter,  Acrylics and Resin Impregnated material.


He explained that he bought pellets of tin & antimony based pewter and after making a mould he melted the pellets into the mould. photo shows a prepared job .


He showed a pen piece using a pen mandril

Resin Material

Similar to a pen, Graham showed the effect one could get

Removing the wood                       Truing up the pewter           the pewter cleaned up then after removing remaining wood buffing pewter

A finished piece                                  roughing down an acrylic piece    Micromeshing the piece                   an example of a finished pen

A piece of resin impregnated with            Polishing with super glue                                    the finshed piece

laminated & coloured hard wood




      Oct  15

  A Lattice Bowl by John Wyatt from the Forest of Bere Club

   John explained that for this project it would be best to use close-grained woods and then explained  that the process was unusual in that you turned the inside or top first but still making a spigot .

Here shaping the inside form the spigot  This is the jig John has made to hold his                   and the table that the jig sits on which in

                                                                       Dremel  which has a router type cutter fitted             turn has a rod amongst other things to sit

                                                                                                                                                                 on the lathe bed.

With the headstock on an index fitting                the finished routing                                        Having reversed the piece now starting to shape

showing the routing process                                                                                                            shape the underside

  Making concentric grooves with the light             the finished top (apart from the spigot)                  the finished underside

showing to help with depth cutting

                                                               3 pieces John has made showing the lattice effect


Sept  17 Workshop Night

    Geoff demonstrating tool sharpening                       Paul with general turning hints                            Graham on spiral  techniques   

       Adrian demonstrating his clever method of making a spotted toadstool from a bunch of                  one he made earlier

       coloured pencils                 

Aug 20 - Lampshades - Paul

  Paul started by suggesting various suitable shapes  drawing on a whiteboard, emphasising the importance of the grain direction for each. He also explained that the shade could be decorated by for example piercing the wood giving a lattice work effect (see Jakki's work below)

With a piece of Sycamore, Paul mounting      After cutting a foot, now shaping the    Having reversed the piece     Reversed again onto Cole

     a pre-roughed down bowl type shape.       the foot                                                  now 'thinning' - reducing the  Jaws ready for refining

                                                                                                                                      thickness but replicating the   the outside shape but

                                                                                                                                     the outside shape                   checking the  thickness


                    Drilling the light fitting hole                        the finished piece                            with a light to show the full effect       Jakki's



June 18 - Nested Boxes - Paul

 Paul explained the idea for this was based on the russian doll toy (see left) where there are a number of dolls each one smaller inside.

The project here is for boxes with suitable woods suggested as follows :- sycamore, box, dry holly, apple and other fruit woods.

The technique is to start with the smallest box first. For the sake of time , paul had previously made a small box, since the important part of this project was the precision needed to fit them accurately . 

Having roughed down the second                            Here using a box cutter to remove the pimple                         then replacing the base with the lid, preparing