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.
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19:00 Thur 5 December 2019
December - Fruit
Chairman's Challenge for December
Les is a regular professional demonstrator to visit us, and he never disappoints. His demo this time was bowl turning and he took us through the whole process of shaping and hollowing the bowl, adding texture and colour, and covering the full range of cuts that are needed. There was something for everyone in his demo, from beginner to seasoned turner. As well as covering the basics, he also went through push and pull cuts in detail, focusing on different bowl gouge grinds, how to scrape and shear scrape with a long-grind bowl gouge, and then showed how to bead the outside of the bowl with a spindle gouge, how to put an undercut on the rim using a small bowl gouge, and how to finish off the bottom of the bowl. There was even some advice on sharpening. A great evening!
Gordon took to the lathe again this year for his second club demo and treated us to a session on making pepper mills using a Crushgrind mechanism. He showed us the two different versions available - shafted and shaftless. This is a great project for turners of all abilities, and a good one for novices to put a range of different turning skills into practice. A copy of the drilling and dimensions has been emailed to all club members. As well as educating us with his turning, he amused us with his humour, as always...and left us with the probing question of 'What was the best thing before sliced bread?'
Autumn is the season of 'mellow fruitfulness' so it was fitting that this month's meeting was about turning fruit. We were fortunate to have three members demonstrating their approaches to turning, colouring and finishing fruit. Jim Young showed us how to turn apples and pears with a natural wood finish, waxed to show the wood's beauty, Peter Brown showed us how to turn acorns and texture them, and Anna Cates showed us her painted and bitten fruit - her colouring is so realistic you could be forgiven for taking a real bite from one of her pieces! All this to help inspire members for the next club competition: turned fruit for December.
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.
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!
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.