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LATEST NEWS 2018!


4th October 2018. Message from Andrew Maxwell
Hi Folks
First of all a reminder of our perodic Hands On Morning which is on Wednesday 31st October from 9 to 12 at our usual venue at Bearpark. This is open to all members and your chance to get guidance on any woodturning issues you may have, and also an opportunity to have a go on the club lathes in a friendly, informative environment. We will be asking for an indication at the AGM (see below) as to what you want from the day.

Also a quick reminder of the Club AGM (22nd October) which is not on our usual third Monday of the month date. Whilst not the most exciting of evenings it is an important evening as not only do we discuss where we are with the club and our future plans but we also elect our officials and committee. It is your opportunity to have your say and a chance to socialise afterwards. After the meeting we have to vote on the items the Club is submitting to the Brampton Show . If you have any items you want to be considered please do bring them to the meeting.

I am sure it is in most diaries but a quick reminder that the North of England Woodworking Show at Harrogate is from the 16th to 18th November.

If anyone is on holiday later this month in the West Country you may be interested in the Woodworking and Power Show at West Point Exeter from 26th to 27th October.
See you at the AGM,
Kind regards
Andrew


1st August 2018. Message from Andrew Maxwell
The Members Hands On morning is THIS saturday (4th August), usual venue from 9.30 to 12, free to all members. We have a number of workshops running such as

In addition to getting hands on with these workshops it is also an opportunity to discuss/resolve woodturning issues.

I will be bringing some wood for sale, as well as sphere turning tool, tool sharpening jig and grindstone.

I am assisting Steve Hirst's wife with clearing his workshop and there will be tools, equipment and further wood for sale over the next few weeks, equipment will be advertised on the WVWT website but if you have any particular requirement please have a word with me. The wood I will bring to the next few club meetings.
Kind regards
Andrew


16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope.
Simon showed us how to make an acorn box and a sphere.

Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

Simon is making an acorn box. In this photo he is turning the base of the acorn box.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

Simon used a Threading Jig so that the lid would be a screw fit on the base of the box.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

Turning the acorn box.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

The completed acorn box with a screw-fit lid.

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

After the tea-break, Simon demonstrated turning a sphere with one of his sphere-jigs. Here he is making the shavings fly as he roughs-down a blank into a cylinder.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

Simon creating the sphere with his sphere-jig.

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018. Demonstration by Simon Hope, 16th July 2018.

The completed sphere.

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16th July 2018.
The monthly Bring and Show events present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for July 2018 was a tankard or your example of an item made in the June demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 16th July 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 16th July 2018.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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13th July 2018. Message from Andrew Maxwell
Hi Folks
Quick reminder that the next meeting is on Monday when Simon Hope is demonstrating. From past experience I am sure it will be an interesting demonstration with innovative ideas and techniques. No doubt he will have plenty of equipment for sale.

Martin Watson, one of our members, also has some equipment to sell on behalf a retired wood turner. You may want to empty the piggy bank and bring some cash with you. Simon Hope will also accept plastic cards. Hope to see you on Monday.
Kind regards
Andrew


2nd July 2018. Steve Hirst.
We very much regret to announce the passing of long-standing member Steve Hirst after a two year courageous battle with cancer. His funeral is on Friday 6th July at 2.30 at Coundon Crematorium. If any club members wish to attend they will be very welcome. Steve was an indefatigable supporter of our club in many different ways and was also a skilled turner as shown by the photograph below. He will be sadly missed and we extend our sincere condolences to his wife Olwen and their family.

Turned bowl by Steve Hirst pyrographed by his wife Olwen Turned bowl by Steve Hirst

One of Steve's turnings skilfully pyrographed by his wife Olwen. A remarkable example of their close artistic teamwork together.

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18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury.
Mick demonstrated how to turn and decorate one of his signature coloured pieces.

Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Mick turned a platter then carved it with different tools. Here he is using an Arbotech rotary power carving tool.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Here Mick is using a rotary wire brush to add texture to the platter.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Here he is using a butane gas torch to burn raised fibres on the surface of the platter.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Ebonising lacquer was then applied using a spray can (Aerosol).

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Next, Mick used a sponge brush to add a gold paint to the ebonising lacquer.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Finishing the turning, using a gouge to cut through the ebonised wood to expose fresh timber in the centre of the platter.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

The front side of the finished platter.

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 18th June 2018.

Reverse side of the platter. Note that although sanded, no finish has been applied.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th June 2018.
The monthly Bring and Show events present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for June 2018 was a clock or your example of an item made in the May demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 18th June 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 18th June 2018.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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21st May 2018. Demonstration by Rick Dobney.
Rick demonstrated off centre turning. He made a candle stick and gave some tips on off centre turning using a jig.

Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018. Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018.

Rick making an off centre candle stick. He turned between centres using a Steb Centre.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018. Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018.

This photo shows a box with off-centre decoration. Rick made this previously to the demo and showed it as an example of what can be made. He then demonstrated the jig which he devised to make the box.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018. Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018.

Rick is setting up and demonstrating features of the jig he uses for off-centre work.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018. Demonstration by Rick Dobney, 21st May 2018.

The jig in action. Rick recommended a slower RPM for off-centre turning, especially when the item is out of balance.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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21st May 2018.
The monthly Bring and Show events present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for May 2018 was an Ornamental bird-box or Your example of an item made in the March demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 21st May 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 21st May 2018.

A carved and coloured bird set on an open turned frame.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 21st May 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 21st May 2018.

A Bird Box.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall.
Walter is well known for making high quality pens. He demonstrated some of the techniques he uses when turning pens.

Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

Here Walter is turning the first pen blank.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

Walter burnished his pen with shavings before using a finish.

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Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

Using tissue paper to de-nib and burnish the pen.

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Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

The first pen Walter made.

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Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

Walter turning the second pen.

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Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018. Demonstration by Walter Hall, 16th April 2018.

The second pen Walter made. This pen does not have a cap which is an unusual design.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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16th April 2018.
The monthly Bring and Show events present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for April 2018 was Natural Edge work or Your example of an item made in the March demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 16th April 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 16th April 2018.

An interesting selection of members work was displayed and discussed.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy.
Richard showed us how to make a tree bowl, which is one of his signature pieces.

Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

Richard made a thin-walled bowl. He is supporting the edge of the bowl so it does not flex while it is turned.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

Richard using a jam chuck to hold the bowl firmly whilst he finishes turning the foot.

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Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

Here Richard is using a small jig saw to cut out the branching structures of the tree outline.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

Using a pyrography pen to char the wood, giving a bark-like effect.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

Richard showed us how to use metal leaf to decorate the bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018. Demonstration by Richard Kennedy, 19th March 2018.

One of Richard's beautifully crafted completed Tree Bowls.

Photograph by courtesy of Richard Kennedy ©

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19th February 2018.
The 'Hands On' February meeting featured some interesting activities shown in the photographs below.         

Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

Making flower patterns using Jo Sonja's irridescent paints and an air line.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

Using a router jig to decorate a bowl. The jig was a similar design to the one used by Margaret Garrard in the January 2018 meeting (See photograph below for the January meeting).

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

Some items displayed on the 'For Sale' table.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

A supervised taster session for someone who is new to woodturning...

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

Allan Joicey demonstrating off-centre turning.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018. Activities at the 'Hands On' meeting, 19th February 2018.

Demonstration of carving a decoration on a turned bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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15th January 2018.
The monthly Bring and Show events replace the competitions and present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for January 2018 was Box with lid and finial or Your example of an item made in the December demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 15th January 2018. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 15th January 2018.

Exhibits included a good selection of boxes with well-turned finials.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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15th January 2018. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard.
Margaret demonstrated making a bowl with a wooden inlay. She then turned a spinning top.          

Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018.

Margaret using a router mounted on a jig to cut out sections for the wood inlay in a wooden bowl. She used an indexing jig to position the bowl for making the cuts with the router.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018.

When Margaret turned the bowl she had to support the rim as it was very thin.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018.

The finished bowl with inlaid wooden sections.

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 15th January 2018.

Margaret turning a spinning top.

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Report on last event in 2017
18th December 2017. Demonstration by Randal Marr.
Randal demonstrated the technique of long-hole boring making a table lamp. He then turned an ornament using plywood before finishing his demonstration by making a spinning top with cup.          

Demonstration by Randal Marr, 18th December 2017. Demonstration by Randal Marr, 18th December 2017.

Randal demonstrating long-hole boring. The hole will be used to route the electric cable through the centre of a table lamp.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Randal Marr, 20th November 2017. Demonstration by Randal Marr, 18th December 2017.

Randal making a ornament made from plywood. Randal uses good quality Birch plywood from the Baltic area for this. Here he is using the lathe to hold the plywood components firmly together whilst bonding with superglue (used with accelerator), prior to turning.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Randal Marr, 20th November 2017. Demonstration by Randal Marr, 18th December 2017.

Randal made a spinning top with a cup. The top sits in the cup when it spins. When the top stops spinning it falls over, but stays in the cup.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Randal Marr, 20th November 2017. Demonstration by Randal Marr, 18th December 2017.

Making the cup.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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The last Bring and Show event in 2017
18th December 2017.
The monthly Bring and Show events replace the competitions and present an opportunity for all members to exhibit their turnings for friendly discussion. The topic for December 2017 was Anything Related to Christmas or Your example of an item made in the November demonstration.         

Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 18th December 2017. Members Bring and Show Exhibits, 18th December 2017.

Exhibits included a German style Christmas Decoration (as demonstrated by Colwin Way in the November meeting), and a variety of Christmas decorations and artefacts.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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A Happy New Year (with lots of shavings!), to all our members.


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