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.

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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


3 August 2017


David Hare demonstrates Time for the November competition


Chairman's Challenge - Reclaimed



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










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



March Meeting


Members prepare for a demonstration by professional turner Tony Handford.


The demonstrator is set up, the cameras are being checked, right the toolbank and raffle are open for business, together with our wood supplier Gil at the rear, and left our shop is open.





February Meeting


Jim shows us his finial box for the April competition

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!

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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