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March 2019

Bob Riches gave us an interesting evening showing us a number of techniques using two wooden off centre jigs. These were the sort of jigs which most of us could make ourselves. He made a ladies off centre pendant complete with a hanger which could be attached in two ways.

April 2019

Tony Walton made us get our magnifying glasses out by demonstrating a number of miniature and subminiature pieces. He showed us how good tool control was needed to produce such pieces. His first piece was a little 6cm pedestal dish made from a small piece of burr and leaving the natural edge. He showed how to make a little toadstool. Next came smaller goblet with a captive ring and a goblet with a spiral stem.  He then ended up by making one which he had difficulty in seeing himself.

May 2019

Carlyn Lyndsey Showed us how to make a small decorative scoop using laminated wood. This may sound simple but to get the patterns balanced she had to be very careful with the positions the thickness and the gluing of the layers also the accuracy of the chucking. There was also a point where the handle was running off centre and some care was needed to keep fingers out of the way. The final product looked great. She also brought some of her other magnificent pieces to show us. Thank you Carlyn.

July 2019
Roger Foden spent an evening with us and showed how to make a heart shaped dish. He started with a piece of wood that he had cut on his band saw into the shape of a heart. This was mounted on the lathe and the bottom was turned so that the overlap outside the round was given the right shape and then the dish part was turned with a mounting point to reverse the piece. When reversed the heart shaped overlap was turned to give a thin matching shape to the bottom. Then the dish shape was formed. This whole piece was only successful by very accurate and delicate turning. Well done Roger.

August 2019

Neil Cowen showed us how to make a nutcracker in a hollow ball. This required some complicated work including a threaded plunger which screwed into the ball the plunger caused a bit of a problem as the partially made plunger came apart as the threading progressed. But Neil overcame this and all was completed. He is not alone we all have problems from time to time when demonstrating. The final piece looked great. Well Done Neil.

September 2019

Shaun Clifford gave us an interesting demonstration showing how to make a cup with handle out of one piece of wood. He had the misfortune to find a hidden crack in the wood towards the end of this project (he is not alone) However he got to the point where with a little more explanation he was able to let us know exactly how it was done. He is not alone in finding such cracks. He was able to follow up with a very nice tea light holder made from a piece of branch.


Andy Coates gave us a superb evening, showing us how he makes useful things from off cuts left over from other work. He does not believe in throwing away odd bits of wood when he can make things from them. This project took some of these bits and laminated them together with a dark veneer. He then proceeded to start the shape of a bowl but quickly stopped and to save wood he then scooped out the middle of the bowl with a parting tool to get wood for the lid. The bowl was then finished and the lid was turned and then finished with a pewter top.  Together with Andy’s excellent explanations we all learnt something I am sure.

February 2020
Neil Cowen stepped in at the last moment to give the demonstration due to illness of  the scheduled demonstrator. He struggled a little as he said that he had no time to practice. In the end he produced a very acceptable garden dibber. Neil does  a lot of good work to keep the club organised so thank you for your efforts this evening.

September 2021
Paul Howard gave us the first demonstration for 18 months. He showed us how to make a Trumkreisel which is a stand on which you can spin a top without it dropping off. Paul showed us a lot of techniques which help to make this more easily as well as showing a colouring technique. Well done Paul.

October 2021
Tic Challis gave us very interesting evening showing us lots of things about air brush painting. She showed us  exercises to get to grip with the basic techniques. She then showed how to spray patterns through cut outs and how to stop other parts being affected. She also showed how to take a pen apart and how to put it back together. Thank you Tic for a very interesting evening I am sure that some of us will want to have a go.

February 2022

Tony Walton gave us an interesting evening showing some of the design and colouring techniques he uses on small boxes. He tried out a number of ideas and techniques he uses some of which he bought as packs of colours at very low prices. He also showed how to use designs which he had on paper by using a pencil to rubbed on the reverse to swap the design on to the wood. I am sure that some members will want to try out some of these ideas. Thank you Tony for a different evening.

April 2022

Peter Nicholls started by giving us some ideas about how we should plan a project before starting on the lathe. He listed, design shape, wood selection, tools, and finishing as things worth thinking about before starting the turning. He then followed up by turning a number of small items to illustrate the importance of the project plan. I think that we all learnt something from his demonstration. Thank you Peter for your evening.

June 2022

Mike Favenger gave us a very nice evening with good chat and great turning. His complete object showed both very capable turning coupled with pyrography and colouring. Very well done Mike.