Welcome to South Downs Woodturners


East Sussex & West Sussex wood turners typically meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 10:00pm in Lancing Parish Hall.

See our Contact page for a Map and our About / Prog page for activities


If you would like to join us please come to any meeting without obligation and meet our Membership Secretary. For further info

please e-mail us at Enquiries@SouthDownsWoodturners.com



Next Meeting

19:00 Thur 7 February 2019


Next Competition

February - Freestyle

anything you have made in the last year


December Meeting

Norman Billingham demonstrated several projects using a limited range of tools.


He even had to make a handle for one!



The first project Norman demonstrated was making a tool handle with just a couple of tools, a drill and a piece of copper tube. This is a good way of refurbishing old tools and customising


This one was a challenge, it turned out to be a rocket in it's silo that you blow on to make it launch without touching it - well done to Gerry for figuring it out


No, Norman didn't make all of these in the evening - he did, however, demonstrate how to make Xmas Decorations with a pen mandrel


Bob Harris decided to make an aluminium pen


Left all the Xmas Decorations made by members



November Meeting


Stewart entertained us with a combined demo of texturing and colouring


Thanks to all who brought boxes in, I can't share photos yet as I have to wait for publication first. The box making series is due to start in the March 2019 issue of Woodturning, no. 329


Stewart starts by shaping the back of his platter and adding a chucking spigot


Then holding it by the newly created spigot he trues up the front face and marks it in preparation for texturing with his mini angle grinder



A bit of quick de-nibbing to remove fluff and sanding to deal with any torn grain provides a canvass for colouring


Stewart enjoys experimenting with colours and uses the texture to apply colour differently to high and low areas


This months competition was 3 cornered bowl, the winners names are listed on the competition page


October all day demo


Steve Giles and his wife Sheila came to give us an interesting demonstration of a variety of woodturning and embellishment techniques










Steve trued a blank, added chucking spigots, shaped and parted the lid and here is hollowing the body


The lid has been re-chucked and Steve is hollowing the brains out of the showmans head


Here we have the assembled snowman ready for further decoration or finishing with your preferred technique


The second project showed a bit of offset turning using a donut chuck made from MDF with a hardwood spigot held in the lathe chuck to facilitate holding the work in different orientations

Make sure it's secure and mind out for the bolts sticking out the back


I use domed head roofing bolts in my version as they are available in different lengths I also use large washers as a counterbalance


The finished item showing markup


In the third project Steve drills the rim of the bowl prior to hollowing


Now it can be hollowed to reveal the holes inside with no drill tear out

Sheila takes over to explain the intricacies of the leather binding


Steve and Sheila brought a range of their

work for members to see their varied and interesting turning and embellishment techniques






The finished leather bound bowl is revealed left 


October Meeting


Members had a great time this month with 3 of our own demonstrating different elements of woodturning aimed at all levels of our membership








Dave offers instruction to newer turners


Andy explains the intricacies of the process to members


Jim shows the steps required to make goblets


An impressive skittles set made by one of our beginner members


This month's Chairmans Challenge was composite, and 5 members surprised us with entirely different interpretations as usual - thanks for sharing your ideas!


September Meeting


John Plater demonstrated a number of design possibilities for making a 3D cornered or 3 sided bowl











John Plater produced a 2 page document illustrating elements relating to his demonstration
The Challenge of the Three Sided Bowl.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [518.7 KB]

An economical way to make a 3 cornerd bowl is to start with a triangular blank


Sometimes it is beneficial to draw your project out to help you visualise the end result and how to hold it


John illustrates some design opportunities using 3 cornered bowls


Carefully turn the cube into a curved conical shape and prepare the chucking spigot for turning the inside


A cube mounted between centres holding opposing corners of the block


Watch out for the other corners when turning your project


John showed us some of his '3D sketches', part finished and completed 3 cornered bowls using a variety of woods


This months Chairmans Challenge - Desktop produced an array of items


A variety of Tools 'n' Turnings brought in by members



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