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 Meetings

10:00 Sat 20 October 2018

All Day Demo - Steve Giles

19:00 Thur 1 November 2018


Next Competition

November - 3 cornered bowl


Chairmans Challenge

December -


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[...]
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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



August Meeting


David Hare demonstrated how he made large carvers mallets.


Norman Billingham shares his pen making tips







David Hare showed us how he makes large carvers mallets with a nicely shaped head and handle which is secured with a wedge









Norman Billingham gave us an insight in the world of pen turning with a variety of tips. He showed us a number of pieces of inexpensive kit that can help add variety to your design options



The winners of our Bud Vase competition are above and the other entries are below. Details will appear on the Competition page in due course



July Meeting


Mark Baker, editor of Woodturning magazine came to give us an informative and practical demonstration on split hollow form turning 








Having roughed down the blank between centres and created chucking spigots Mark initially shaped the vase and parted off the top before hollowing the bottom with a spindle gouge


With the hollowing mostly complete he turned his attention to the fit between the top and bottom which needs to be as accurate as possible so as to make it unobtrusive


Here Mark is machining the mating surface on the underside of the top ensuring a good close tight fit


Members jumped at the opportunity to encourage Mark to create three feet on the base using power tools and a file


Having added the top, and disguised the join with a series of seven grooves, Mark explains the benefit of raising the hollow form from it's surface with feet


Next month we have our Bud Vase competition. Here are some examples of Steve James' turnings - unfortunately he is unable to make the meeting. If anyone would like to enter, but can't attend, why not ask another member to bring your entry along. We look forward to seeing the result of your efforts - we will judge anthing that could contain a bud, flower or weed.


June Meeting


Chris Grace presented a slide show illustrating a range of different bud vase designs before demonstrating two variations and showing three methods of drilling suitable holes




Drilling the first project blank with a long jobber bit in a tailstock mounted chuck, Chris illustrates the efficiency of a high feed rate - you can barely see his hand turning the handle


The final method of drilling illustrated is using the humble spindle gouge. Chris' 12mm spindle gouge has a short fingernail grind of about 50 degrees and is asymetric with a little more ground away on the right for clearance when drilling


See the newsletter for a photo of a finished 3 bud vase and dimensions


For the second project Chris uses his height adjustable sled (see the March issue 316 of Woodturning Magazine). The drill is in the headstock and the blank is pushed onto it - make sure the blank is longer than the drill or use a push block


This month's Chairman's Challenge was Box, and numerous hopeful members entered hoping to win one of the 3 pens available as prizes


Having created a bottom and a face chucking point, and created the scallop at the top using the former, the first face can then be turned to a suitable curve. The second face is turned using a cup chuck and tailstock support


We encourage all members to show us what they have been making, or the tools they have been using. Here Jim Young made some boxes out of small scraps


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