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 Contact for Map and About / Prog 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

January 2017

Meeting Cancelled due to hall maintenance


2nd Feb - Freestyle Competition and

Member demo of Finial Box for Apr comp



Sussex Woodcraft Society Show

The Sussex Woodcraft Society held their annual show  on the 3rd of December where several of our members took part in their competition and sale of work.

The work on show was up to their usual very high standard and some of our members contributed to it's success.


Those recieving awards included:

Best in Show   Chris Grace   Winged Bowl


1st   Chris Grace   Winged Bowl   Yew

2nd   Allan Fielding   Apple   Yew

3rd   Gerry Jones   Finial Bowl   Apple


Congratulations to all who entered

Assembled Woodturning

1st   Gerry Jones   Gavel & Block   Ebony

2nd   Gerry Jones   Coconut Box w finial

3rd   Gerry Jones   Coconut Box sq base


Novice Woodturning

1st   Mike Dempsey   Avocado Stone   Oak

2nd   Mike Dempsey   Split Goblet   Oak

3rd   Mike Dempsey   Hubble Bubble


Carving in the Round

2nd   Jean Grace   A tale of 3 fishes


Relief Carving

3rd   Chris Grace   Defence of the Realm


Abstract Carving

2nd   Mike Dempsey   2 Faces of Man


Annual Competition - Xmas Decoration

2nd   Jim Young   Silver Banksia Nut

December Meeting

Greg Moreton Professional Demonstrator


To the delight of our members Greg announced he would turn a multi axis offset bowl - a first for a Club demo!


Initially Greg mounted his blank on a screw chuck with spacers so that he only needed to drill a relatively shallow hole. With the blank mounted he shaped the outside of his bowl to a rounded shape with no foot, so that it would rock


Having completed the outside he mounted it in his jig, two discs of MDF  which held the blank between them using round headed bolts to secure the halves of the jig


With a hole in the front MDF disc, making it a donut, and having mounted the bowl 'off centre' he was able to hollow the first bowl portion



Once he had completed the first hollow, the bowl was relocated to another offset for turning of the second bowl


This has to be done more carefully to ensure you don't cath and tear out the edge of the first bowl where they intersect


Marking the diameter of the envisaged bowl helps to maintain artistic balance


To maintain physical balance, Greg uses a stack of washers bolted to the inside front face of the jig


With the second bowl complete, Greg again turns his attention to finish sanding


It is essential to sand in a trailing action so as to not catch the edges of the intersecting bowls

With the bowl portion of the turning now complete, Greg turned his attention to the sphere that he places in the smaller bowl portion


This enables the 'wobble bowl' to sit at a jaunty angle adding to it's appeal


It's an appelaing piece, as when you remove the ball, it rocks to rest at a different angle












Left are turnings brought in by Pete Brown, Gerry Jones and Stewart Furini, thanks to them for sharing their work



Right, Gill shows off his Gold Medal for bravery awarded because he dragged a neighbour out of his burning house moments before it became an inescapable inferno


Congratulations Gill



December Chairman's Challenge - Xmas Decoration


We had an exceptional response to this month's Chairman's Challenge with a total of 79 individual turned items, and the member who entered the Xmas Carousel was counted as one item as there were too many small individual elements to count!


The variety of ornament was impressive, surpassed only by the quality of the entries


Members are clearly on a mission to make the Chairman's job of choosing entries to highlight as difficult as possible. Whilst it was overwhelming on this occasion our Chairman welcomes the challenge.


This month Chris highlighted the work of 5 turners including Anna Cates, Steve Golds and Jim Young who each recieved a Club Pen for their efforts, and Bob Harris and Peter Pullin who join Steve Golds in having had their work highlighted by Chris 5 times this year, and as a result have been awarded a Club Mug.


Thanks to all who entered and helped fill our new tree with fabulous treats


Photos of each item appear below

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