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 Thurs 6 September 2018

Demonstration of 3 cornered bowl for

the October Competition

 

Next Competition

 

October - 3 cornered bowl

 

Chairmans Challenge

 

September - Desk Top

 

 

August Meeting

 

David Hare demonstrated how he made large carvers mallets.

 

Norman Billingham shares his pen making tips

 

 

 

 

Left

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right

 

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

 

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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

 

May Practical Evening

 

Stewart demonstrated his latest colouring techniques

Barrie got technical with his equipment showing laser engraving pens

 

John showed members what you can achieve with a Banksia Nut

This month's Chairman's Challenge was Toy

 

 

Dave spent the evening helping newer turners, here he advises a new member

This month members brought in an extensive range of their turning for others to see

 

April Saturday Demo

 

Simon Hope visited us for a demonstration, brining many of the tools he sells.

 

He turned several projects, showing different methods of achieving the desired results.

 

 

Simon demonstrated thread chasing using hand chasers, as well as his special jig, reinforcing the sycamore with superglue

 

Not everything needs an expensive tool as illustrated by off-centre turning between centres. You could have a go with the Club's new Sorby Chuck

 

This is the final result, with sections turned on axis and a combination of others on other axes

 

 

April Meeting

 

This was a busy meeting and included our AGM, presentation of our annual competition awards, a cottonreel stand competition and a chairman's challenge together with a floating rim resin platter demonstration by Gordon Eaton

 

 

Gordon performs a bit of kitchen chemistry with some sticky epoxy resin and dye pouring it into a recess he has cut in his platter blank on his turntable

 

Gordon first turns the bottom of the platter (left) revealing the trough of resin in the wood

 

Then the top is turned, and following sanding to 2000 grit he uses mops and buffing compound in 2 stages to add shine before adding a protective layer of carnuba wax on a third mop

 

Gordon brought us along a selection of the platters  and bowls he has created using this technique, including some with sections of branch adding extra decorative elements to the resin features

Right are this months Chairmans Challenge entries for the Kitchen topic, the items Norman selected belonged to Robert Kemp, Peter Pullin & Bob Harris

 

 

Members created some interesting cotton reel stands incorporating some additional features such as lids, pin cushions, scissor holders

 

See the competition page for this month's winners together with the results of the 2017-18 annual competition

 

March 1st Club Meeting Cancelled

Due to the forecast weather the Commuttee have decided to cancel the March meeting due to concerns about travel and the safety of our members and our demonstrator. Jennie Starbuck has agreed to come in December instead. 

 

February Meeting

For the first demonstration of the new year Andy Heath shows us how to make cotton reel stands for the April competition.

Pete Brown has been turning his hand to pyrography lately and brought these in to show members what he's been up to.

 

 

 

 

 

Here Stewart Furini shows us his latest textured and coloured creation.

 

 

Our freestyle competition winners above are proudly displaying their work and certificates, see competition page for results.

 

Thanks to Alan Wesley for taking the photos this month.

 

 

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