Next Meeting

22nd October - all day
Mark Sanger Demonstrates
Doors open 09:00 for10:00 start
3rd November
Practical Evening
Next Chairman's Challenge
3rd Nov - Colour
any turning including e.g. different coloured woods, dye / paints or
other embellishments etc.

1st Dec - Xmas Ornament
max size 150mm tall 100mm wide
enter as many ornaments as you like
See program for meeting details
East Sussex & West Sussex wood turners meet in
Lancing Parish Hall - typically on the first Thursday of the month from.
7:00 to 10:00pm. See Contact for map, and Program for activities.

If you would like to join us please come to any meeting without obligation
and see our Membership Secretary. For further info email us at Enquiries.

October Meeting

Chris Grace demonstrated inclusion of other materials with wood turned creations.
   Above he starts
   to turn one of
   the whorls for a drop spindle commission for a lady spinner who
   wants to spin fine yarn. The entire spindle had to weigh just 8grams,

   so a logical 
   choice of
   material for the
   shaft, which
needed to be both light and strong, was carbon fibre tube. The whorls are turned
to round whilst pressed against a cork chuck with a steb centre, then transferred
to the wooden jaws illustrated right so that the face can be turned without the
constraint of the centre. The finished prototype is shown above.
   In the second
   half, Chris
   gave members
   a choice of
   what he should
   into a turning,
   and they chose
   an old auger bit!
   Left, Chris started by shaping the outside of what would be an Elm
   goblet with a medium bowl gouge. Below, he starts hollowing the
   inside of the
   bowl. Note he
   is turning with
   the lathe running
   in reverse, so
   that the audience
   can get a better
   view of what he
   is doing.
Above our new remote control pan / tilt / zoom camera system
has been installed on a gantry with repositioned LED lights.
Left we have our new extractor, and right, our PA system.

Only attempt to turn with the
   lathe running in reverse if you
   are comfortable with the technique and can lock your chuck onto your
lathe spindle.
   Having reverse turned the 'bowl' to remove the chucking spigot, and created a base,
   the finished 
   spiral stemmed
   goblet was
   with a
   auger stem.

   Some of
   Chris' other
   can be
   seen right.

   All have
non-wooden elements as an integral part of the overall design.

   Tools 'n' Turnings

   John Plater brought one of his latest bowls for us to see. This one
   is turned from a piece of Sweet Chestnut.

   Gerry Jones took the captive ringed goblets he turned at his previous
   demo home with him to finish them off. He brought them back in to
   show them to us in their finished state.


Earring Stand Competition
We had a fantastic array of designs, see the competition page
for details of the winners

Right are the entries from our Beginners, with the centre right stand
being awarded first place, top right achieved second, and the stand
in the centre came third.

Intermediate entries below, and winners right. 

entries below, and winners right.

September Meeting

   This month was the second time we have put on
   our 4 members a' turning evening, and again it
   was a great success, and included 2 members
   turning in front of us for the first time - well done.

   First up were Gerry, making captive rings and
   Gordon producing a bud vase.
   Whilst Gerry showed us a variety of
   ways of making captive rings, using
   both tools he had purchased, and
   those he made, he also showed
   us some important techniques to
   increase chances of success
   including taping the first ring out
   of the way whilst making the next
   and making 4 when you only need
   3 in case one fails.

   To entertain us he also roughed
   his blank down with an axe,
   demonstrating that the latest tools
   aren't always essential, and
part way through  
   he revealed a
   captive ring
   (above left) that
   he made earlier.

   Gordon managed
   to keep us all
   entertained with
   his boring
   technique and
   went on to turn
   and decorate
   his vase with a
   rotary tool.
   Anna turned a large apple at our
   small lathe's top speed.

   She showed the various chuckings
   needed to turn both the top and
   bottom of the apple.

   She also showed us how she makes
   the spigot she uses to hold the
   apple for final finishing of the bottom.

   She turned the stalk from a small
   blank of Wenge and cut it obliquely.
   Dave showed us
   making goblets.

   Whilst the
   technique he used
   may be familiar
   to many of us,
   his method of
   finishing may not.

   Having sanded to
   400 grit he used
   an abrasive wax
   to bring it to a high
   shine before buffing.

   Bob Brady
   brought in
   the first item
   he produced
   on his new
   Oneway lathe.

   Clearly it will
   happily handle
   the larger work
   that Bob would
   like to get into!

Our Chairman's Challenge this this month was 'Light' and again
members didn't disappoint us with their illuminating interpretation
of the brief. This month's entries were all very well made, and
displayed some ingenuity in coming up with interesting items for
us to view. Thanks to everyone who takes the opportunity to
enter, and delight us with their work.

August Meeting

In preparation for our October competition, Norman Billingham gave us a great
   demonstration on how
   to make two styles of
   earring stand, with
   several methods for creating the holes around the edge.

   You can either
   make your
   earring stand
   from a single
   piece of wood
   with the grain
   running along
   the lathe bed
   using a blank
or, say a piece of branch (as above & right) - effectively spindle turning.

Alternatively, you can make your stand from a side grain (bowl) blank.
Below, Norman is crating the top, as above, though this time he has drilled a hole in it in preparation for mounting on a separate spindle.
   With this method
   you have more
   choice over the
   wood you use,
   and different
   Also, there is
   less waste.

   Right, Norman
   is making a
   dished base,

Our new PA system finally meant that we were able to hear every word of our demonstration very clearly.
Below, Norman is using vernier calipers to size the spigots of the stem and finial to go with his top and base.
There are several methods for drilling the holes that are required around the top. You can use the indexing facility on your lathe or chuck; simply use the 4 jaws of your chuck as a guide, then subdivide until you get the number of holes you desire; or make a template. Top right, Norman shows us a template he made from a piece of clear plastic, this can be used as a drill guide. To further stimulate ideas, Norman showed us a slide show of images gleaned from a variety of sources including woodturning magazines and the internet, so if you are stuck for ideas, you can either raid the club shop for back issues, or do a 'google' search for inspiration!

   This month's Chairman's Challenge was Ball, and members provided a
   very interesting selection of boxes, captive, segmented and other balls on
   stands. As Steve Golds now has so many pens, Chris awarded him a club
   mug to put them in! Congratulations also to Peter Pullin and David Breeds
   who each received a pen. Thanks to all who participated and make choosing
   between the items more difficult each time.

Right, members brought a selection of their recent
work for our Tools .n. Turnings table. Steve Church
created a nice segmented bowl, Alan Wesley has
continued his experimentation with pyrography and
gold leaf, whilst Pete Brown produced two more
stunning basket work items, a platter and hollow form.

The Worshipful Company of Turners have extended the deadline for entries into their biennial competition Wizardry in Wood 2016 to the 1st of October for receipt of entry forms. There are a number of categories that are open to any turner, if members would like to enter. Further details can be found at
The Worshipful Company of Turners.

July Meeting

Allan Fielding entertained us at our July meeting with a demonstration on how to turn a burr or burl for those across the pond.
   The blank was pre-drilled
   to suit the diameter of
   Allan's 4 prong drive
   centre to provide a
   secure hold that can
   not slip off. He then
   lined up the blank to
   make the most of the
   natural edge before
   clamping with his
   live tail centre.
   Left, it is taking
   shape and having a
   chucking spigot
   Right, Allan has reversed
the bowl and is now hollowing, after having progressed through the rough outer bark area.
   Following careful
   hollowing with 2 bowl
   gouges to a nice
   consistent wall
   thickness, Allan chose
   to further refine the
   surface using a
   heavy curved scraper.

   In the latter stages of
   the hollowing process
   he checked the wall
   thickness regularly with
   his home made
   callipers for a visual indication of
   any areas needing further

   This was followed by an application
   of sanding sealer which he allowed
   to dry before
   sanding through
   the grits with
   his electric drill.

   Finally Allan applies
   a coat of finishing
   oil to his turnings
   to create a nice

   He says 'this can
   be cut back by
   buffing to produce
   the level of lustre
   you desire'.

Tools 'n' Turnings were very varied this month with, from left to right, an alternative way of turning a burr by John Plater, nice acrylic pens by a ghost turner/writer, a vase turned by Alan Wesley's son - painted and finished by Alan, a rain stick made by Alan (someone keeps shaking the damn thing!) and far right, a display by Jim Young of suggestions for our 4 members a'turning in September.

Our July competition was platter, with a lovely array of entries. Thanks to all who entered, our judges Jim Young and Peter Watts and stand-in administrator Steve James. See the competition page for the names of the winners.




June Meeting

Members were keen to participate at our June Practical evening, as seen above several just couldn't resist the opportunity to have a go.

We had 4 lathes with turners starting things off, together with Chairman Chris showing members how to use the Club's Sorby Pro Edge sharpening system. Chris was presented with a constant stream of tools with interesting grinds. One new member who had recently
   acquired a  
   lathe and
   tools, had
   gouges that
   why the
   owner had
   given up!!!

   Right Jim
   the bowl he
   Left Pete
   whilst Right
   Allan 'I Turn
   shows off
   his skills
   to an
   In addition to all the twirling lathes and
   sharpening, we now play a DVD and
   provide ample seating at our practical
   evenings, so that members get the
   opportunity to sit down, and enjoy a
   relaxing chat about woodturning.

   Here members are watching a DVD
   on Sharpening.

   In the background, another group of
   members are scrutinising entries for
   this month's Chairman's Challenge
   Left, where this month turnings by Keith Golds, Mike Meredith and
   Barry Harvey captured the imagination of our Chairman, and received
   a Club Pen for their efforts.

   Below, Tools 'n' Turning were provided by Pete Brown with three
   basket weave platters and Barrie Fitch with a pair of fountain pens.

May Meeting

In advance of our Platter competition in July Jim demonstrated turning and Alan illustrated decorating possibilities.

   Jim chose a nice piece of  
   Yew which he mounted on
   his favoured chucking
   ring secured to his chuck.

   He created a foot to hold
   so he could turn the inside
   then shaped the outside of
   the bowl to an ogee shape,

   Jim experimented with his
   new carbide tools, but
   resorted back to one of his
   favourite heavy scrapers
   to obtain the best finish.
Jim told us that he uses sanding sealer applied before any sanding, then sands through the grits, blowing off any dust or loose grit before moving on to the next grit.

   Having reversed the blank on it's foot, Jim used a combination of
   bowl gouges, carbide tools and scrapers to create the shallow
   hollow of his platter. He particularly liked the new round carbide
   tool for it's ability to undercut the inside rim of the platter.

   Some of Jim's other finished platters are pictured below.


Alan Wesley showed us a wide variety of techniques that could be used to enhance platters, especially those made from plain wood.
Above left he is creating artificial spalting with just a fine black marker, and above right he has platters decorated with paint.

   Left Alan used coloured   
   markers to create an
   abstract pattern. The
   lines between coloured
   areas are created with
   a black marker pen.

   Right he created a
   basket weave pattern
   with the aid of the
   dividing facility on his
   lathe before creating
   a pattern in the small
   segments. The rings
   were burned with a
   piece of formica and
   the radial lines created
   using pyrography.
Other options are illustrated below:   To see a fuller explanation of techniques and supplies Alan used have a look at the Turnings page.

   This month's Chairman's Challenge was Handle - anything with
   or relating to
a handle.

   We encourage broad interpretation of the topic on these
   challenges, so our Chairman was delighted to see a tribute
   to The Two Ronnies with "Fork'andles"! created by Peter Pullin.

   Mike Meredith produced a candle holder with 4 handles.

   And Bob Nye created a well proportioned handle for a poker.

   Thanks to all who were each awarded a Club Pen.

   Next month the subject will be 2 (or more) woods.

April Meeting

   Gordon Eaton
   gave us an
   insight into the
   world of gilding
   in his unique
   practical style.

   He uses a
   number of
   gleaned from
   his sign making

He prepared his wood with Gesso, though any high build primer would do. Flatting it down between coats to provide a smooth surface. Instead of using gilders seize, he used signwriters gold paint, so, if any small spots are missed, what shows through is still gold coloured.
   The most critical bit is to let the size dry to a
   light tack before applying the gold leaf.

   Transfer leaf is easiest to use, but loose leaf
   has better lusture.

   Above right Gordon is burnishing the applied
   gold leaf to bring up it's shine as can be
   seen by his finished pieces.

   Gordon leaves the chucking point on his
   pieces so that he can crispen up the adjacent
   grooves once the size has dried.

As there is plenty
of waiting around for the size to dry, Gordon also brought his scrollsaw to demonstrate this versatile piece of equipment and persuaded Allan Fielding to have an impromptu lesson. Allan did well but said it wasn't quite as easy as Gordon made it look.

Thanks to all those who entered our competition, with an amazing array if innovative gavels, and to our members who judged
the entries. The names of the winners can be found on our Competition page.

   Jean Grace brought in her second carving for us to see.

   For anyone interested in a detailed account of how she carved
   Snuffles the hedgehog, who is uncurling from his ball, he was
   featured in the March/April Wood Carving magazine, and even
   snuck onto the cover.

   John Byford Brought a unique gavel and block in for us to see.

   Made from mahogany this example is currently used by the
   West Sussex branch of the RMPA (RedCaps).

   The Chairman's Challenge for May will be Handle
   Either just a handle, or anything with a handle.
March Meeting -
click the following link to download your March Newsletter
We invited Mark Baker (editor of Woodturning Magazine) back
to demonstrate this month by popular demand.

Mark is fascinated by ancient ceramics which heavily influence
his work, and he showed us how he translates the features of
items he likes into the medium of wood.

The first bowl was started between centres as it is easy to
adjust it to get it central that way. After rough shaping the outside
Mark applied beads. Right he is showing the angle to hold a
scraper to achieve the proper cut.

   Left he is working on the detail near the rim of the bowl.

Having completed the outside and created his chucking spigot
Mark reversed the bowl, but instead of hollowing it he cut a
cone out of the top which would form the lid for his bowl. He is
using a slicing tool with a long handle for greater control.

   Following removal of the 'lid' cone...

   he hollowed the inside with a bowl gouge.

Right, you can see the finished bowl whilst Mark is working on
the lid which he had created a chucking spigot on before he
released it from the body of the bowl.

Following this he showed us how to make a small Calabash
decorated with a threading tool which he usually fills with a
family pack of M & Ms

  In March we decided to give members the opportunity to enter
   a special Club Draw with the chance to win up to £200 worth
   of training from a turner of their choice.

   As Mark was visiting us we asked him to conduct the Draw.

   The winner of our first Club Draw was John Plater who was delighted
   as everyone can see, and he already has plans on how to improve
   his turning skills by spending some time with a top turner.

   Left we have the entries
   for this month's
   Chairman's Challenge
   where the topic was
   Easter. Congratulations
   to (from left to right)
   Bob Harris, Dave Smith
   Anna Cates and Gerry
   Jones who were all
   awarded a pen for
   their efforts.

   Right we have entries
   on our regular
   Tools 'n' Turnings
Table. The large Walnut hollow form was by John Plater, The Oak platter was turned
by Barrie Fitch. Thanks to both members for bringing their work in for us to see, share
and talk about to stimulate ideas and share techniques.

February Meeting -
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   Gerry Jones gave this month's demonstration
   on making a gavel and block in anticipation
   of our April competition.
   He started with a powerpoint
   presentation illustrating a variety
   of types and designs of Gavel,
   and techniques for making them,
   including several options for
   joining the handle to the head.

   Whist you can use screws and
   inserts bought from hardware
   stores, Gerry borrowed some
   wood threading tools from a
   fellow craftsman so that he
   could cut his own threads
   directly into the wood he chose.
Gerry found it best to cut both the male and female threads in the blanks before

   turning the detail. Left Gerry is working on a
   handle and below he is shaping a head.


   Left a completed gavel is being
   examined by one of our members.
   Gerry says using dense close
   grained hardwoods works best
   for thread chasing, using tallow
   or candle wax as a lubricant.

   Specialist tools for cutting threads
   in wood work better than simply
   adapting engineering taps and dies.


Despite taking time to prepare for his
demonstration, Gerry still found time to
participate in the Chairman's Challenge
which this month was small. Obviously he
produced a miniature gavel and block
which Chris tested by getting the
microphone as close as possible. It just
goes to show that you can miniaturise
a gavel and block and still have it
produce a pleasing sound.

Chris also gave pens to Dave Smith for
his two very small goblets, Tony Burstow
for his small vase and Barry Harvey for
imaginative use of a spare piece of
pen blank for his illuminated vase.

It was difficult choosing between such
an interesting array of entries.

The Chairman's Challenge for March is Easter - anything related to Easter (even loosely) such as Bunnies, Eggs (& nest), Chicks, Bonnets (hats) Flowers, Presents, Boxes for Presents etc.

Following last month's meeting John Plater said he would complete the open forms he demonstrated so that we could see them in their finished state. This month he displayed them in our Tools 'n' Turning below left, together with another of his creations. Below Right Peter Brown shows his interpretation of one of the items John demonstrated last month.


New for March will be our Club Draw for £200 towards training with a professional of the winners choice, open to all turning members.

January Meeting - click the following link to download your January Newsletter

   To start the New Year we had John Plater
   show us how to make the most of a typical
   small bowl blank. John's objective was to
make an item taller than the blank is thick with a bit of forward planning.

   John started by illustrating that it was possible to drill a hole
   in a bowl blank with a forstner bit on the lathe if you don't
   have access to a drill press - just be very careful!

   He shaped the outside first with a gouge, and then refined
   the shape and finish with a scraper.

   Below he reversed the bowl and started to hollow the inside.

   Having achieved an
   even wall thickness
   and reverse chucked
   the piece to create
   a through hole where
   the chucking point

   He then marked a
   'yin-yang' design
   on the piece and
   cut it in half with
   a coping saw.

   Next John lined up
   the two halves and
   glued them together.

   As the shape is
   difficult to clamp
   John used tape
   and a strip of rubber.

In the second half John created a vase 2.5 times as tall as the blank by first cutting a donut from one side, before cutting a cone out
of the middle. The donut can be glued to the top of the remaining blank, and the cone to the bottom to create a tall vase.

   John Turner brought two items along,  
   and as members can only enter one  
   item into the competition, he left his  
   other piece on the Tools 'n' Turnings  
   table (right).  

   Members (left) are examining the
   entries in our Freestyle competition
   before selecting the pieces they like
   most. This way everyone is judging
   this competition.

   Below are all the entries (left)
   all of the winners (right)

Thanks to everyone for entering such an interesting and diverse range of items for us all to see, and to all the members who judged
the entries. The results can be found on our Competition page. The end of year results will be announced in February.

December Meeting
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   We invited Les Thorne back this month, this time
   to show us how he approaches box making.

   Les started with a clear explanation
   about the tools he used and how he
   used them. He favours a simple
   spindle gouge for this, and in order
   to clearly illustrate where the flute
   is pointing he used his favourite
   magic, sorry - magnetic, pencil!

   Having drawn our attention to how
   to present the tool, he illustrated
   how to hollow the lid out with
   parallel sides inside.

   Subject to the intended use for your
box, it can have the male part on the base or the lid. Just remember that if you plan to fill your pot with something to the brim, it will be much easier to get the lid on if the male section is on the base.
   When making the base he showed how
   to hollow it with a curve using several
   tools including a negative rake scraper.

   Then, despite having taken care on the
   overall shape and finish, he attacked
   it with a structured carbide bit in his
   mini Arbortech grinder.

   He burned the whiskers off with a
   blowlamp, reminding us about fire
   safety precautions, painted it black
   with ebonising lacquer, then created
   highlights with gilt cream.

   This month the Chairman's challenge was toy, and again the
   entries were very diverse. All displayed considerable thought,
   good design and use of materials.

   Chris chose three to highlight, the humming spinning top by
   Peter Pullin, the woodpecker by Keith Golds, and Solitaire
   made by Bob Harris.

   Thanks to our catering manager Betty Byford for providing
   some mince pies and fancy biscuits as a treat for our last
   meeting before the festive season.

   Tools 'n' turnings (below) were provided this month by:
   Allan Wesley with some of his recent colourfull experiments,
   pens in  Wenge, Zebrano and Tulip by Tony Burstow,
   Christmas ornaments by Bob Harris,
   and a neat little Zebrano bowl by Robin Gilks

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members
   and a big thank you to everyone who help to make our
   Club meetings & activities a success.

November Meeting
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Our Practical Evening got off to a great start with 3 lathes spinning, courtesy of Allan Fielding (above) David Hare (below left) and Jim Young (below right). All attracted plenty of inquisitive members eager to learn from the experienced turners at work.
Chris Grace demonstrated sharpening using the Club's own Sorby Pro Edge which is available on loan from our Tool Bank.
New to this Practical Evening, Jim Young organised a video for members to watch when they weren't busy with anything else.
We would love feedback on this feature - should we run videos on Practical Evenings - send us your vote.
This months Chairman's Challenge was again well supported with many interesting and well made Finials. Chris commented in particular on a sea urchin ornament with an off centre element turned by Keith Golds and a nice little box on a stand with a finial as the lid handle turned by Anna Cates.
Next months Chairman's Challenge is Toy - any toy or item designed to amuse, including but not limited to - spinning top, diablo, ball, baby's rattle, teething ring, castle, star-ship etc. let your imagination run wild, or just keep it simple, the choice is yours! Remember, this isn't a competition, it's just an opportunity to have some fun, and to see other people's work. The Chairman will simply highlight one or more items, or elements, that particularly catch his attention, and reward the owner with a token of his appreciation for participating.

October Meeting - click the following link to download your October Newsletter

   Tom Streeter gave us an excellent demonstration
   on making small hollow forms, taking us through
   the processes used to make them, and showing
   us the tools he uses, with clear explanations
   about the benefits of each.
   Tom explained there are several
   ways to start a hollow form, by
   drilling, using a forstner bit, or
   as he demonstrated, using a
   spindle gouge to take the
   middle out to the target depth.

   He then moved on to showing
   us the benefits and limitations
   of three different hollowing
   tools, each of which work in
   a slightly different way, but
   produce similar results.

Tom contrasted tools which eject shavings from the top (Crown - above left) with others where they pass through the cutter (Hamlet).
Above right, he is working the outside with a bowl gouge. Below are some of his winning entries in this years Young Craftsman of the Year competition at the South of England Show.
He is the only person to have won the title twice, and in consecutive years at that! Congratulations Tom.
The tools he featured, from left to right are: Crown Revolution, Sorby Sovereign Ultima and Hamlet Little Sister.
Members examined the features of each tool as Tom passed them round the audience, before asking for his favourite back to enable him to complete his hollow form.


This month's competition was Useful Item(s), and members brought in an interesting array of very different items for our judges to decide between. Thanks to Allan Fielding and David Hare for judging the vastly contrasting entries.
Winners are from left to right, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Thanks to all for entering, see the competition page for results.

Sussex Woodcraft Society Annual Show

See the Members page for details of our members success in this show.

AWGB Youth Training & Development Programme
See the Members page for details of Charles Taylor's success.

September Meeting click the following link to download your Sept Newsletter
   Peter Brown came and gave us
   a great evenings entertainment
   with his turning, making a
   family of small birds, which
   fitted in well with our Branch
   theme for our first Chairman's Challenge.

   He started by mounting a small piece of Yew branch and started turning simple
   teardrop shapes, sanding through the grits and finishing them to a high shine
   using just sanding 

   sealer and wax.
   He says his
   secret to getting
   a good streak
   free finish is to
   use a soft brush
   to buff the wax to a good lustre.
   Having completed two teardrops
   Peter joined them with a
   wooden BBQ skewer to form a
   cute little chick. Another chick
   followed, this time with a
   bandsawn beak, then mum
   turned up (excuse the pun).
   A Canada Goose that Peter had
   made previously also put in an  
   appearance, making quite an  
   avian treat to accompany our
   members branches.

   After the break, just to show us
   that he had more than just birds
   on his mind, Peter made a fantastic
   lightweight Christmas tree ornament
   with a little help from a discarded
   sea urchin shell. Again the BBQ
   skewer came in handy as Peter
   used it to join the top and bottom
   wooden portions with the shell
   captured in the middle.

Our first Chairman's Challenge, with all items associated with the word Branch 
was well supported with many entries, making choosing favorites very difficult.
Chris said he was amazed at the variety of different items, and their quality.
As there were so many interesting pieces he chose three that particularly
appealed to him and awarded their owners a Club Pen to recognise their efforts.


Another first this month is our Tool Bank run by Bob Nye, so if you would like to try out a particular tool, see Bob and borrow it for a while.

Tools 'n' Turnings were provided this month by (from L to R) Barrie Fitch, Chris Grace and Charles Taylor who had won an AWGB training scholarship with Stuart Mortimer and had brought the results in to show us.

August Meetingclick the following link to download your August Newsletter
In August we tried a new concept, 4 members turning, 2 before the break and 2 after, turning in pairs with a commentator.

   Allan Fielding (right) and
   John Byford (below)
   kicked off with Gordon
   Eaton on commentary.

   Allan produced one of
   his vases, using Yew
   Branch (a possible
   candidate for the
   Chairman's Challenge).

   John turned a handy
   trivet, with interesting
   bead decoration.
John is working on the first side of his trivet. Right shows the finished item. Allan's inspiration is drawn from many sources (below).

After the break Gerry Jones
   (right) and Gordon Eaton
   (below) took over with
   Chris Grace providing the

   Gerry chose an interesting
   but complicated turning,
   a spoon. Right he shows us
   the jig used to turn the bowl.

   Gordon, wearing vital protection
   against the flying chips, stood
   in at short notice and declared
   that he would turn er - Wood!!!
Centre below, a member examines Gordon's Urn and right a selection of Gerry's spoons. See the Turnings Page for more on spoons.
All of the evening's turnings were designed to provide food for thought for the October Competition - Useful Item(s).

Please let us know what you think about this new meeting format, maybe if there is sufficient interest we will try it again.

Tools 'n' Turnings were supplied (L to R) by: John Turner, Brian Orchard (a visitor we met at the Toolshow), Bob Harris & Barrie Fitch.
Thanks to all the participants who contribute to the running of our meetings, both to those behind the scenes and those out front..

Toolshow 2015


Thanks to members who have helped support the Club stand at
the Amex Stadium on the 25th and 26th of July.

We had a great time demonstrating, showing our work, chatting with visitors,
oh, and some of us went home with more tools and lighter wallets - just don't
tell our wives, we said that we would be working hard all day!

July Meeting click the following link to download your July Newsletter

   Our July meeting produced another good turnout
   to see member demonstrator Gordon show how
   he makes Salt & Pepper Pots.

   Left Gordon parts off his
   creation, and below tells
   about the assembly of
   the crush / grind internals

   Right a selection of finished
   items, including a little fun!


Members produced a variety of shapes and styles of Goblet for our July competition, which is great.
Winners are from left to right, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Thanks to all for entering, see the competition page for results.

June All Day Demo

   Tony Handford, our professional turner for the
   day's event introduces himself and his work.


Tony primarily produces larger hollow forms from interesting local timbers,
often with burr and bark incursions and voids. Right he explains about the
process and has one piece of wood in the foreground ready for turning
in clingfilm to prevent it drying out too much, and in his hand is a partly
turned bowl.

   Left Tony has organised his workspace so he can
   quickly and easily reach his tools and grinder.
Below Left Tony is shaping the outside of his turning, to ensure he makes the most of the features available in his selected wood blank.
Then in the centre he is hollowing using his custom hollowing rig
Finally he shows how he sands, using the same rig, but with a custom sanding pad

There are a variety of deep hollowing support systems available and the Committee are planning a deep hollowing demonstration where you can see the options available.

June Meeting - click the following link to download your June Newsletter

   Another Hands-On evening was well attended
   here members are quizzing John Byford on his
   ring stands.


   Left - New member Anna continues the debate
   about scraping with Allan (the key issue with
   scraping is that the tool should trail at all times
   in relation to the wood).


   Right - One of our new younger members gets
   to grips with pen turning under the watchful eye
   of Norman. Pen making was obviously popular,
   with other members also sporting new writing
   implements by the end of the evening.

   Thanks to members who have volunteered to help with the
   erection and operation of our video equipment, shown Left
   at a familiarisation session.


Right, we have laid out the club's newly acquired tools available
for use at practical evenings, together with specialist tools that
will form the basis for our new Tool Bank. The new tools will be
available to any member on loan, so they can try them out in their workshops before making that all important buying decision.

May Meeting - click the following link to download your May Newsletter
   John Plater
   started by
   talking us
   through what
   he expects
   to find in a
   goblet for
   our next
   competition in July. A 'bowl' at the top, a waisted portion (the stem)
   and some form of base. All with the grain running parallel to the
   lathe bed. He showed examples with a very ornate stem, another
   with a shallow 'bowl' and thin stem, and a third with a waisted

   John quickly set to rounding a blank, he made this easier as
   he had previously cut the corners off to form a hexagon.

Having created a cylinder and a chucking spigot, he progressed
to hollowing it out, starting by using a forstner bit.

John explained that he intended to work the inside first, in order
to minimise the possibility of vibration which he had experienced
previously when using a smaller lathe. An alternative is to
turn part of the outside, still leaving sufficient meat on the blank
to keep vibration to a minimum, particularly if you have a more
robust lathe setup.

   He used a
   variety of
   tools to
   that goblets
   could be
   hollowed out using anything from a spindle or bowl gouge, through to specialist
   hollowing tools, or simply scrapers.

   You don't actullay need any specialist tools, even a chuck - as the blank can
   readily be mounted to a faceplate, though the extra kit does often make the
   job easier.

   John reversed one of his goblets using a jam chuck ( a hole in a bit of scrap)
   so that he could turn the bottom to the shape he desired.

Tools 'n' Turnings were well represented with     Rob Jahnke (left)     Stewart Furini (centre)     and Bob Harris (right)

April Meeting
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Our third AGM was conducted quickly, with the Chairman, Secretary and
Treasurer being re-elected, and the Accounts approved by members.



Allan Fielding demonstrated making shallow bowls from half a log. He typically uses logs that have split, simply bandsawing them down the split line. First he mounts the log on a screw chuck (remove any soft bark first) and turns the outside and a chuck spigot.
   Having turned the outside
   he sands through the
   grits from 120 using a
   cheap electric drill.

   Then he reverses the
   bowl and starts on the
   inside, working down in

   If necessary Allan uses
   a scraper to refine the
   surface, though never
   on the inside of the wings
   as they are too flexible.

   Allan finishes these with sanding sealer and paste wax giving a nice shine.

   Allan was the first member to try out our new Lathe and Trolley, and he
   was impressed with the smoothness and stability.

   Members enjoyed hearing about the tips and tricks Allan uses in his work.


   Tools 'n' Turnings
   were provided this
   month by John
   Byford, Charles
   Taylor, Rob Jahnke
   and Jim Young left,
   and John Turner

There was much imagination shown by our members for our 'square edge' competition, from a very practical dibber using one
flat on a square section of the handle to attach the business end, through square edged bowls, to entirely decorative items.
We also had interesting triangular and octagonal shaped items, and some with natural edges. A great array of items.
The winning entries are above - Beginners (left), Intermediates (centre) and Advanced (right), see the competition page for details.

March Meeting
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   Ray Beecham started with some basic, but
   very quick spindle turning. For a production
   turner, the less cuts you use to achieve the
   required feature, the quicker you are, and
   the more money you are able to make.


Ray then showed us how he makes some of his finials. Right, he made a
beaded finial for us very quickly, and below are some more decorative ones.

   Right, Ray
   makes a
   start on a
   barley twist
   laying it out
   and then
   cutting most
   of the flutes
with a microplane file. He recommends plugging the end of the file to help prevent it catching
on the wood and breaking - they are fragile. When you are producing several items it is a good
   idea to copy
   from one of
   them to try
   to maintain

Ray has spent most of his life turning professionally and consequently works differently to most amateur turners. We recommend all turners work within their safe limits and minimise risks by for example using paper to buff work rather than cloth.

Chris clarified the requirements for the next competition, as any
item with a faceted element. This could be one or more
triangular, square, pentagonal etc. elements on the item.

Gerry Jones kindly brought in some examples, right.

All except one are acceptable. The small bud vase in the
middle does have straight sides, but it is a cylinder.

If you are in any doubt, please ask Ren, our Competition
Secretary, or any committee member.

Thans to David Hare, Barry Carpenter & John Turner for TnT.


February Meeting - click to download your February Newsletter

   Gerry Jones gave a
   combined Powerpoint
   and Turning
   demonstration on
   square edge turning
   for our April

   So that he could cover
   more ground, Gerry
   photographed a
number of
items at different stages in his workshop and created a Powerpoint presentation to illustrate many options open to turners wanting to incorporate square edges in their work before getting practical and starting some turning.

   Square edge turning can take many forms,
   from square platters to spindles with a
   relatively small square section.

   We are not limited to four sides either, as
   triangular, pentagonal, hexagonal or any
   other realistic number of sides would be
   just as welcome in our compeition.

   Left Gerry illustrates turning between
   centres for those without a chuck, and is
   making a small candle holder with a round
   mid section, but a square on the top and

   Right, he is making a profiled platter using
   a chuck to make access to the base easier.

   Left are some of
   the items Gerry


   Right, members
   inspected all the
   items Gerry
   passed round

   Tools n Turnings
   were provided by
   Chris Burton who
   provided a good
   selection of his
   work for all of us
   to admire.

   Dave Newson
   brought in a life
   sized Sycamore
   cowboy hat!!!

   John Plater made an
   interesting bowl (left)
   from the piece of
   Sequoia (a redwood)
   that a member
   brought in at a
   previous meeting.

   Gordon Eaton (right)
   showed us innovative
   use of additional
   materials, in this case
   selotape, due to an
   unanticipated failure.

This year's competition results were announced at the meeting, see the Competition page for details.

January Meeting - click to download your January Newsletter

   Happy New Year to all members.

   Our first demonstration of 2015 was Chucking
   and Work Holding by our Chairman Chris Grace.

   Chris explained why he often starts projects
   between centres, and how he creates a
   chucking spigot.

   He also demonstrated uses for his favourite
   Cork Faceplates, and how to make them.
   That obviously captured members interest as
   the shop has now sold out of cork tiles!


He started a debate on which chuck jaws members used
and explored which were best suited for different tasks.

Chris showed members a wide array of different types
of chuck, explaining their benefits.

A member enquired about collet chucks, which Chris
demonstrated next. He then showed everyone how to
make simple, but effective, inserts for chuck jaws that
facilitate holding smaller workpieces for a fraction of
the cost of a collet chuck system.

Finally he turned his attention to various mandrels, starting
with one made from a length of studding, to which he added
a pair of wood block to hold anything with a hole through it.
Then he showed members an expanding mandrel made
from wood with a cone attached to a piece of studding to spread the split spigot by pulling on a nut through the headstock.

   Tools 'n' Turnings were
   supplied by:

   Jim Young (left)
 Bob Harris (right) .

This month the competition was Freestyle so members were only limited by their imagination as seen by the variety below.

   The entries were judged by
   our members on this
   occasion, and there was
   much discussion about the
   very different entries.

   Members voted for their
   favourite, second and third
   item in each of the categories
   Beginner, Intermediate and
Whilst the demonstration was underway Ren, our competition secretary, counted the votes,
did his maths, and worked out the results. See the Competition page for full details.

Items For Sale and Wanted can be found on our Recycle page.