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.
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
19:00 Thurs 1 March 2018
Jennie Starbuck - professional
Cotton Reel Competition - April
For the first demonstration of the new year Andy Heath shows us how to make cotton reel stands for the April competition.
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.
In his first ever demonstration Dave decided to show us how he makes offset candle sticks using a standard chuck
Jim held his blank with a faceplate ring enabling him to turn a chucking spigot on the base. He leaves the ring on until he is happy that the blank is mounted concentric on the turned spigot
Using each mark he loosens the chuck, tilts the work (with the spigot still in the jaws) and re-tightens. Using a sharp spindle gouge and skew he works his way toward the chuck changing position as he progresses
Is that Steam or Smoke - no, it's Jim attacking the blank with his favourite carbide tool, making both shavings and dust at the same time!
Above he explains decorating options
In recognition of the 12 days of Xmas, members produced 12 decorative items for us to enjoy
Les chose to make an end-grain box
He started with an octagonal blank because it's quicker and less fatiguing to turn to round, many of his customers supply him with octagonal blanks where appropriate
After turning to a cylinder and initial shaping he created a chucking spigot on each end
Then parted the top creating a spigot and commenced hollowing it
Les uses an Arbortech mini long neck grinder with an industrial 50mm blade with two teeth that produces a smooth cut very quickly
Hold it in both hands for safety - Les uses one hand as he is very familiar with the tool, but his other hand is well out of harm's way turning the lathe spindle
Then he creates a decorative button on top and rings on the base
After de-nibbing Les finally set about colouring the turning with spirit stains using his air brushes
He started with the darker colours and worked through to yellow which he used to blend everything together
Not satisfied he had achieved the look he was after, he sprayed the top and bottom rims with black, fading out on the body and top/bottom
This provided the right amount of contrast and lifted the piece to a new level
Our Secretary Graham inspects Ed's work closely
Having rough turned the inside of the hollow form Ed marked on a pattern and pierced a couple of holes (left) to help him judge the wall thickness as he finish turned the inside.
Above, he then did the rest of the piercing and sprayed it black before applying his interference paints
Left and above, the results of his coloured hollow forms
Spigot's to be removed later
Ed then moved on to create a small hollow form
For his third project Ed applied hot melt glue to a prepared hollow form, ebonised it and highlighted the glue with silver gilt cream.
"use a heat gun to melt off any unwanted glue hairs"
"remove surplus gilt cream with a lemon oil soaked cotton bud"
Thanks to the members who participated in our Tools 'n' Turnings table, allowing our members to see the interesting things that others produce