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.



Finishes & Arbortec tools - July 19

    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.


Feb 15 - Ring Stand & Other Jewellery - Paul

        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


    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


                                                                                 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

                                                                            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

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

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


  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)


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

box and cut & removed a lid here                              left by the forstner bit. then he checked the fit                         to shape the lid .

prepariing to drill out the inside.                                the fit of the smaller box .

Here  removing the inside to accommodate                         shaping the edge of the lid test fitting                       an example of a trio of nested boxes

the smaller box                                                                     all the while - patience needed!


 Having previously prepared this piece of                After reversing onto cole jaws here triming up       With a hole saw making a random pattern of

Alder making a first hollow but leaving plenty           the outside                                                               holes but avoiding drilling right through


Reversed back now carefully skimming the                  so that the holes appear. here checking the       

inside                                                                               hole edges.                                                           the finished piece




  The AGM followed its usual pattern fronted by Moira, JB and Clive (here presenting  the annual accounts which are in a healthy state).

JB outlined the successful shows the club had participated in, particularly the New Forest Show. We had two Professional demos as well as a demo by 2 pyrographers. Generally the club is thriving..

  2 Waterproofing a goblet.

Geoff Knott had used Rustins plastic coating for this with 6 coats on the cup part and 4 on the stem. You can read/download  Geoff's excellent document on how he makes goblets by going to our  'documents' page.

   3 Sander/Sealers.

 In reply to a question on recommendation on types of sander/sealers, Paul said that he used Chestnut's cellulose product as he understood that most of the 'nasty' things had been removed. He mixed this with thinners so that it soaked in better. Clive had used an Acrylic version but it was very slow to dry so not ideal.

  4 Food Safe finishes.

According to paul, Chestnut's food safe oil is an expensive version of liquid paraffin. Rick P added that the latter could be bought through him but this did not have any driers. Most oils such as sunflower will suffice provided that they are left to soak in. (note that raw linseed oil does NOT dry

but the boiled version does). Geoff Knott added that in his experience the only 2 oils not to go rancid were Tung Oil (by Liberon) and Rustin's   Danish oil (which is Tung based). Paul closed this topic by emphasising that any oil needs to be dry to be safe.

  Hints & Tips

   JB produced a few of the things he had made to aid the turning process. 1st was this stand with slits to hold different

 grades of 'sandpaper'. 2nd was a tip for drilling a centre hole by hand which was to hold the drill handle with a 'mole' wrench to give greater steadiness. Next after a nasty experience sanding inside a hollowform, he showed an L shaped 'sander' made from a coat hanger with sandpaper attached .

                                       Next a similar tool for sanding bowl bottoms (seen here with GT loooking on) used in a drill chuck. chuck.                             Tongs were also useful to have handy for holding sandpaper in certain cases.

                                        Then an ingenious tool for hollow forms a piece of metal which held the tool at the top with the

                                         bottom part the same diameter as the tool rest .

                                         Finally Paul mentioned the plastic circle aid , a piece of transparent plastic with circle lines of

                                         different radii each with a 'drawing' hole as well as a centre point hole. A great aid  for setting out.


 After patiently fitting the top to the hollowed             The finished piece together.........                 and the separate pieces

stalk, here further refinement of the stalk shape


  After reversing the bowl , now hollowing out the inside                           Making the final cuts inside


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.

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

   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.

  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



 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)

  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.

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  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

 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


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.

   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                                                                                                               

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

   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 .

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

 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 . 


April 16 - Holey Bowl by Paul

 The model on which the demo was based. An

award winning piece by Paul with coloured edges

March  19 AGM

 Paul & Greta's wood sale proved as popular as ever with very brisk sales. Pictures (right)  show Greta  serving  while Paul is in discussion with Mike Tuck.

 The following 'winners' were not at the meeting :-    Table B - winner - John Dodworth.  Service to the Club - Bob Williams


                              Annual Trophy Presentation

 Jean Zani with flowers            Rachel Watling- best beginner                   Charlie Walker - most improved            Jakki - for innovation & creativity

 for the essential tea service

Graham Turner - design award        Table B - runner up - Rachel           Table A - runner up - Andy Browne                  Table A - winner - Graham     

Feb 19 Question & Answer Session

   The session was chaired by JB with Paul as our resident 'expert' . For questions, there were 4 main topics discussed as follows:-

   1. Microwaving turnings to speed up drying.

. Ed Walker showed a piece of silver birch which he had 'wetted' to shape by soaking overnight then microwaving on a low

  setting for 1  minute after which it was weighed. He repeated the process a number of times, weighing after each

 'burst'.  In Ed's case because he  wanted to specifically  shape the piece, he used rubber bands for this. these apparently

 were not affected by the  microwaving.

    Geoff Knott had used a microwave on some green sycamore after rough turning it. His method was a 1.5 - 3 mins burst on

 a defrost setting with the additional step of leaving the piece in the microwave for 1 hour after. Then repeating the process 12


  It was stressed that it's important to use a separate microwave (as opposed to the 'kitchen' one) as some woods could 'taint' any subsequent food cooking.

Jan 15 2015

Mushroom by Paul

   Paul demonstrated 2 methods of turning mushrooms as shown on the right .Rightmost is a solid  one all in one piece which he made first. On the left Paul is holding his hollowed out version with a separate top (not shown)


Turning between centres, Paul first shaped the mushroom top

and here started shaping the stalk.



   After shaping the stalk, the piece has been reversed and here  Paul has started on the underside of the top


Checking the thickness of the top


the finished piece

Mushroom no 2 with a hollowed out stalk

A piece of Yew - first shaping                    Cutting the stalk                                                      Having parted off the top, here hollowing

the top.                                                                                                                                       out the stalk.

  Paul here showing one 'he'd made earlier', explained  that this piece could be done in two parts but was making a one-piece turning now.

He had chosen a 'dome shaped' burr oak piece and started by gluing where the bark joined the main wood to secure the bark.

Dec 17 - Paul - Candle Bowl

 Having cut a 'ring' for the bowl and  a recess for the            Here, refining rim thickness. Note position         Here showing  a special hollowing tool 

sconce. He then increased hollowing the bowl.                     of tool rest.                                                          'a ronny monroe'

Thinning the centre with a left-handed action                   Cleaning up the base having reversed the piece             The finished article

then further gluing to protect the bark.                              using a 'jam' chuck.


Nov 19 Paul  - Skittles


Oct 16 - Pyrography - Paul Mehrer with Sylvia & Tony

   Paul together with his assistants, Sylvia & Tony, provided a very interesting evening. After an intro by Paul, members

 were invited to try their hand at the technique. This proved to be very popular. see photos below.

 After roughing out, shaping a cheese with a spigot       Decorating the cheese top with rings                        Setting out markings for the skittle with a copy

                                                                                                                                                                             mechanism behind the piece

                    Shaping the skittle top                                        Finishing the skittle base                                                    The finished skittle and cheeses     

  Paul explaining a point                                     Tony demonstrating a method                     Sylvia explaining the carbon paper copying method

     Jakki  decorating her 'off centre' dish               Ric & Attilio trying  their hands


Setting up for sharpening (note glove)  Checking  a gauge ?                   sharpening the chain teeth


Sept 18  - Paul -  Chain Saws

       Paul gave an interesting talk and demo on off-centre turning. He first of all pointed out that while there were clever techniques one could use, it was important in his view to bear in mind what the overall shape and proportions would be. 

   He showed two examples:-  1 for spindle turning  2 for faceplate.

August 21 - Off-centre turning - Paul Reeves

   On the left , 4 points are shown for using with headstock drive with identical points marked for the tailstock end.

   This gives a number of possible variations , e.g. head stock on point 1 & tailsrock on point 3.

                         On the right , the piece is set up .

  Faceplate example with 2 scew chuck holes made - one in the centre and one app one inch off centre (not shown) .

Having turned the rim on the centre hole now (left) rechucked to the offset to shape the bowl base and the foot.

 Right - with the bowl now reversed onto the foot,

 starting to hollow out the inside.


   Hollowing almost complete                   The finished article - the top              and                      the base (with foot removed)


      The result of such permutations can just about be seen on the right, which makes for a more interesting leg shape for example

Fret Saw work - Ian McClure with Attilio - July 17


     Ian gave an entertaining and enlightening demo. First, outlining the basics of the machine and then describing the different methods of cutting.

 He emphasised the importance of using the right blade for the cutting method with only 2-4 teeth in the wood at any one time.

 He obtained his patterns/templates from Hobbies type magazines or hobbycraft supplies . He was ably assisted by Attilio on another machine. He showed the versatility of the machine by bringing many examples of work he's produced. (see photos below)

 Here cutting from a template pasted onto       The resulting fish cut out                                       Further cuts to make an interesting

 the wood.                                                                                                                                         piece.

   Here making internal cuts                                                                Attilio finishing off round the outside


    Geoff, a retired professional turner, gave an excellent talk and

    demo on  goblet making. He first told us the various woods he has

    used (eg   beech, oak, sycamore as well as fruit woods). He

    generally makes 3 different styles which he calls 'egg', 'thistle ' and

    funnel which is the shape he made this evening.

    Note that Geoff has produced an excellent  8  page guide which

    covers the  subject in much more detail and is an ideal guide

    particularly any first timer for this type of project.

    Members can   contact me (richard) for copies.

 The finished Butterfly                                                                                             Examples of Ian's work 


A pair of Goblets - Geoff Knott  June 19

  After roughing down and shaping the body                    With the Tailstock removed here hollowing out

  measuring the base diameter.

 Here shaping the base                                                                         The finished article


Having drilled a hole in a   Here putting a thread on a rod    Home-made Cole jaws       Home-made sharpening jig

piece of ali, tapping a

thread in.


                                                                                                                                                                             a final cut                     


  Paul explained that there were many different types of skittles due to regional variations.

Woods such as Poplar and Lignum Vitae were often used with 9 being the most common number for a set.

The balls aren't always spherical and he demo'd what they call 'cheeses' ,a disc shape which he first turned.