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 Meetings

 

10:00 Saturday 23 September 2017

 

Ed Oliver professional demonstration

 

 

19:00 5 October 2017

 

Les Thorne - professional turner

 

 

September Meeting

 

John Plater gave a talk on wood turning

 

Norman Billingham gave a talk on glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Plater gave a talk on his perspective on wood turning

 

 

Norman Billingham gave a talk on glue

 

Shine resulted in interesting interpretation of the brief again, as intended, including the candle which I presume was 'shine a light'

 

 

Peter Pullin was given some green Eucalyptus which he rough turned oversize and dried successfully

 

 

A visiting turner from Thailand Paul Wesley made good use of his dad's workshop and some English timber whilst here this summer

 

 

Alan Wesley created these interesting platters enhancing the wood with pyrography and water colour pencils to striking effect

 

 

August Meeting

 

David Hare had no 'time on his hands', as it obviously took lots of his spare time to prepare for the demonstration

 

He demonstrated several ideas for the November Time competition

 

David's first project was a giant hour glass

 

Here he is turning the base

Here he's making one of three spindles for the 'cage'

 

There was clearly much interest in David's ideas as a gaggle of members gathered in the break to ask him questions

 

David also demonstrated making beehive stands for small clock inserts using his home made beading tools

 

He showed us commercial beading tools and explained how he made them from old spindle gouges

 

Finally he made a shallow cone surround for a small wall clock insert

 

David suggested this could be coloured if desired

 

This month's selection of reclaimed turnings for the Chairman's Challenge - Norman awarded three pens

 

Left - Thanks to Stewart Furini for bringing in his finished platters that he made whilst demonstrating last meeting

 

 

 

July Meeting

 

Stewart Furini demonstrated how he creates his colourful platters

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart has done his bit and now John prays to the Spin Gods and hopes he won't get splattered in the process!!!

 

Stewart turns a spigot on the front of his platters, and a recess on the rear enabling him to re-turn either face as necessary if the technique he is trying doesn't work to his satisfaction.

 

Once mounted he often carves texture in with his Proxxon

 

Fortunately all the splatter was contained in Stewart's custom splatter catcher - proving that not all wood turning tools need be expensive

 

Left Stewart brought a selection of his recent work for us to see other options and techniques

 

Members brought in some interesting pieces of work in addition to their competition entries this month

 

 

 

 

 

This month we held a Club Draw with prizes to fund anything associated with woodturning. The winner of the first prize of £200 was Steve James with Bob Brading being drawn Second receiving £100 and Gordon Eaton third with £50 - congratulation to all

 

Competition entries for Natural Edge

 

Below are the winning entries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Meeting

 

Members gathered to exchange views, tips and techniques at our June Practical Evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Plater demonstrates the Club's new Bowl Saver

 

 

Andy Heath demonstrates making letter openers with offset turning

 

Anna Cates made laminated turnings

 

Jim Young demonstrates his Tormek

 

 

Bob Nye sharpens some Club Tools

 

 

Tools 'n' Thrunings were supplied by Gordon Eaton illustrating how things finished up folling his demo and Pete Brown with his latest platter

 

 

This month's Chairman's Challenge was Movement

 

 

May Meeting

 

Gordon Eaton entertained us with his take on natural edge turning to give us some ideas for the competition in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon started by talking about what constituted natural edge using examples of things he had turned or scrounged to illustrate, before turning a piece of branch held sideways

 

Using a piece of branch turned sideways yields a nicely shaped bowl with a natural bark edge

 

Alternatively you can turn the branch on axis to produce an entirely different shape from a similar log

 

 

Chairman challenge was again supported by members interpreting the brief very differently as intended with Peter Pullin, Andy Heath and John Plater being awarded pens

 

 

April Meeting

 

Member Pete Brown demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to create the items makes to sell on his craft stall at Shoreham Market.

Left, you can barely see it as it whizes round, so paying attention to where you put your fingers is essential

Above, you can see the creative potential

 

 

Our members look on with interest to see and learn how Pete holds the blank and creates patterns on each surface in turn

 

 

For his second project, Pete shows us how he creates a small triangular bowl from a cube of wood

 

 

The trick is starting with an exact cube and alugning it between the points so that you can create a chucking spigot

Then you can hold it to turn it into a delightful little bowl, and finally create a small foot

 

 

Right, Allan Fielding brought one of his signature Yew goblets for us to admire on the Tools 'n' Turnings table

 

 

Entries for our Finial Box competition with the winners below

 

 

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