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 5 September 2019

Floor night - turning fruit

Chairman's Challenge - branch wood


Next Competition

November - Fruit




July Meeting


David Hare was our member demonstrator for the evening. He showed how to create a multi-part column by joining shorter pieces of spindle turning with turned pegs or tenons to fit holes drilled with a blacksmith's bit. He also showed us how to turn an acorn to fit on top of a newel post.

We also had a competition - something turned from a 4" cube.

We need more members to demonstrate turning fruit at the September meeting - let the Chairman know if you can help.

Finally, turn a snowman...I know it's a bit early in the year, but we will be donating plain, undecorated snowmen to the nursery that uses the hall for the children to paint for Christmas presents for their families.


Dave's cradle for holding square stock for drilling

Turning an acorn to go on the top of a newel post

Shaping the column with beads at each end and a tapering curve

Dave Smith's acrylic pour with a resin finish was the highlight on the Turnings Table



The competition winners for the 4" cube - congratulations to all!



Some snowmen to inspire you to turn at least one to donate to the nursery by our November meeting



June Meeting


Another enjoyable and engaging practical evening with three lathes in use. Dave Smith gave beginners some practice with the skew, Graham Willsher showed an Easy Wood Tools carbide tipped tool in action, and Robert Brady showed how to create a carved, textured, coloured bowl and a spiral finial.


We were also joined by visitors from the Sussex Woodcraft Society. A range of work from members of the society was displayed with work from some of our members.


Dave Smith reminded us all of next month's competition - something made from a 4" cube...best get turning!

May Saturday Demo


Colin Simpson gave a beginners introduction in the first part, and a project in the second part










The first thing Colin demonstrated was some tool handling




Colin's first project was a natural edge vase hollowed from the bottom and plugged




In the second session Colin made a flask drilling the top hole...


before hollowing it from the side and plugging it




May Meeting


John Plater gave an interesting talk and demonstration, illustrating a variety of intepretations on 4" cube for our forthcoming competition









John showed us a number of options for holding a cube enabling access to all sides...


before he showed us his tooling techniques



He brought along a number of his '3D sketches' to illustrate his experiments



A good variety of different jewellery items made by members



A very nice simple light weight bowl brought in by a new member for all to see



Stewart Furini achieved a Highly Commended in the British Woodturner of the Year competition. The exhibition is on at the OXO Gallery in London until the 19th of May. Well done Stewart.


April Meeting


We had a short AGM followed by an interesting talk by Paul Reader, Chairman of the Sussex Woodcraft Society, then a Competition.


The annual competition results were announced and prizes duly presented. Promotions were also announced.


Paul Reader's Talk


Paul gave an interesting talk on his work at Wakehurst Place mainly focussed on the variety of trees that feature in the gardens including the different species and their native environments.


Audience participation was encouraged through a table of samples of timber that Paul challenged us to identify. Some of the varieties were very exotic and difficult to guess, however he included some nice native species like Hazel.


In addition to the samples Paul also showed slides of some of the trees and areas illustrating how they have developed, as well as some heartbreaking shots of the great storm in 1987 with trees all over the place.








Beginner entries and the winners below



Intermediate entries and the winners below



Advanced entries and the winners below



March Meeting


Our March practical evening was again a success with 3 members starting things off, and several members getting the opportunity to have a go at new techniques etc.





Members enjoying turning together



This month's Chairman's Challenge was Garden



Above - Peter Brown brought his latest work of art for us to admire - a sensory pyrographed scene. The wood preparation and pyrography took a couple of days, and the electronics about a week to get right with the help of a friend. Sensors behind the wood activate a variety of sounds associated with the images when you run your hand  over the individual creatures.


Left - John Plater's entry in last years Worshipful Company of Turners competition where entrants interpreted the theme of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.






South Downs Woodturners Members Boxes featured in Woodturning magazine

Thanks again to all the members who brought boxes in for me to photograph a few months ago. All the boxes appear in a group photograph, and others are featured in the 3 part series that starts this month. We hope you have also enjoyed the 7 part Lets Talk series that has just concluded.   Chris & Jean Grace


February Meeting


Members rose to the challenge this month with our Freestyle Competition as entries were up.

As usual the competition was judged by members who enjoy a close look at all the interesting work created by members.


See Turnings page for email from former member Steve James demo



Gordon Eaton demonstrated a selection of bowls for the next competition


He demonstrates his  bowl mounting technique before hollowing - right



Gordon also demonstrated coring


Stewart Furini continues to develop his range of platters with colour



Members produced a great selection to choose from in this month's Freestyle competition


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