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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1 June 2017
Practical Evening - bring your tools & wood
Chairman's Challenge - Movement
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
Having completed the hollowing, left Tony returns to complete the shaping of the outside of the hollow form
His final step is to reverse it against a shaped block to remove the chucking point
Above are three of his pieces including the one he turned at his previous visit to us, now completely sanded and finished with oil
Right we have the participants in this month's Chairman's Challenge
Thanks to everyone who entered with a variety of high quality items. As usual it was difficult to single out just a few, but Chris awarded pens to Gordon Eaton, Allan Fielding, Anna Cates and Alan Reed
Tools 'n' Turnings
Below we have this month's selection of items made by members, from left to right we have Pete Brown's 3 Box Bottle in Yew, John Plater's Burr Poplar Bowl, Andy Heath's bowl he hoped members would be able to assist him with wood identification, John Plater's Coolibah Burr bowl, and finally Stewart Furini's collection of colourful textured bowls created with the aid of the Proxxon Angle Grinder from our Tool Bank
Having hollowed the inside to shape, jim turned his attention to the outside and made more shavings fly!
Next he made his lid with finial and kept trying the fit until it was perfect.
Right, the chucking and drive spigots are still in place so it can be finished later, but this enabled you to look at it to assess if you are happy with your proportions before removing evidence of chucking.
Above are a selection Jim made earlier.
Left, we have a butterfly produced by Pete Brown together with two bowls made by John Plater. The bowls look fairly simple, however, he turned them on a pole lathe - standing on one leg and cutting only when the wood was spinning in the right direction!
Right, members are judging the Freestyle competition.
The Sussex Woodcraft Society held their annual show on the 3rd of December where several of our members took part in their competition and sale of work.
The work on show was up to their usual very high standard and some of our members contributed to it's success.
Those recieving awards included:
Best in Show Chris Grace Winged Bowl
1st Chris Grace Winged Bowl Yew
2nd Allan Fielding Apple Yew
3rd Gerry Jones Finial Bowl Apple
Congratulations to all who entered
1st Gerry Jones Gavel & Block Ebony
2nd Gerry Jones Coconut Box w finial
3rd Gerry Jones Coconut Box sq base
1st Mike Dempsey Avocado Stone Oak
2nd Mike Dempsey Split Goblet Oak
3rd Mike Dempsey Hubble Bubble
Carving in the Round
2nd Jean Grace A tale of 3 fishes
3rd Chris Grace Defence of the Realm
Initially Greg mounted his blank on a screw chuck with spacers so that he only needed to drill a relatively shallow hole. With the blank mounted he shaped the outside of his bowl to a rounded shape with no foot, so that it would rock
Having completed the outside he mounted it in his jig, two discs of MDF which held the blank between them using round headed bolts to secure the halves of the jig
With a hole in the front MDF disc, making it a donut, and having mounted the bowl 'off centre' he was able to hollow the first bowl portion
Once he had completed the first hollow, the bowl was relocated to another offset for turning of the second bowl
This has to be done more carefully to ensure you don't cath and tear out the edge of the first bowl where they intersect
Marking the diameter of the envisaged bowl helps to maintain artistic balance
To maintain physical balance, Greg uses a stack of washers bolted to the inside front face of the jig
With the bowl portion of the turning now complete, Greg turned his attention to the sphere that he places in the smaller bowl portion
This enables the 'wobble bowl' to sit at a jaunty angle adding to it's appeal
It's an appelaing piece, as when you remove the ball, it rocks to rest at a different angle
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