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

Woodturning

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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