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

 

19:00 Thurs 7 December 2017

 

Two Members Demonstrating

 

Chairman's Challenge Dec - Decoration

Chris will provide the tree and we encourage members to bring as many items as they can

 

 

November Meeting

 

Members were obviously getting into the swing of things early for our practical evening

 

They had produced an interesting variety of items for our Tools 'n' Turnings table

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Inglis turns for his audience

 

Beginners Time entry

 

Beginners Winner

 

 

Intermediate Winners (right)

 

 

This month's Chairman's Challenge was 'Two' and as usual there were a variety of interpretations with interesting items made by members

 

 

Pete Brown explains to members

 

Intermediate entries

 

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Jim Young announced the competition topics for 2018 and displayed examples

 

 

Steve Church entertains a gaggle

      Steve enjoyed his first practical demo

Advanced entries

 

Advanced Winners

 

 

See Competition Page

for details of winners

 

Practical evenings are an opportunity to have a go - here Pete Brown helps another member understand a new technique

 

October Demonstration

 

Les Thorne visited us again to entertain members with his unique view on woodturning from a full time professional production turner.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Les brought his shop for us to purchase some of his goodies, with a choice of videos and his signature tools etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools 'n' Turnings was well supported this month, thanks to members

 

Alan Wesley brought in paintings

 

Barrie Fitch  - Cuflinks etc

 

Stewart Furini - Coloured Platters

 

Pete Brown - Glue Bowl

 

John Byford - Wool Holder

 

 

 

 

 

September Pro Demo

 

New professional demonstrator Ed Oliver visited us for the first time and gave us a great insight into how he creates his interesting colourful pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed started with a platter blank mounted on a faveplate ring held with short screws in his chuck to true it up and create a chucking spigot before reversing, texturing, ebonising, and colouring with interference paints, then tidying up the platter with some beads

 

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.

Ed's tips:

"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

 

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

 

 

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