South Downs Woodturners - Turnings


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Worthing Rotary Hobbies & Leisure Exhibition 2016


Members attended the Worthing Rotary Hobbies & Leisure Exhibition for the second time. Thanks to Jim Young and Allan Fielding who arrived early to set up our stand and populate it with interesting turned items, and thanks to all the other members who participated throughout the day, some of whom also brought their work to display

This is an excellent way to bring our Club to the attention of a wider audience, and many interested visitors stopped by for a chat about woodturning

Some were clearly just browsing, others were clearly prospective members, and some of the items on display were sold







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AWGB Youth Training & Development Programme

We recently supported Charles Taylor's application for a place on the AWGB's Youth Training & Development Program, a two day course at the end of August under the expert tuition of Stuart Mortimer, Ron Caddy, John Atkin, Peter Bradwick and Gary Rance. With expert guidance Charles made 5 turned items, some of which he brought in for members to see at our September meeting   Well done Charles


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Jim Young's route to a Monkey Puzzle Bowl


Peter Brown's series of Basket Weave Platters


Alan Wesley on decorating his turning
At our May meeting Alan showed us an incredible range of decorating ideas he has tried recently some of which are pictured below:

As you can see the techniques he used are varied and imaginative, but how did he do them, and what materials did he use. To help answer those questions and more Alan and I have put together a selection of his work in a PDF document below so you can see in a little more detail

Alan Wesly on Colouring
A Wesley Colouring.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]

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Midi Lathe Review


A view of the

Axminster 1416vs


Jet JWL 1221vs



Full specs for both lathes can be found on the Axminster Tools website



Up until 18 months ago I have never considered a smaller second lathe, for the last 15 years I have only used large heavy lathes.

I started with a Union Graduate, then a Turnstyler, now a VB 36. When the club was formed I became the custodian of the club’s lathe which is the Axminster 1416 vs. As I could be called to demonstrate at times I thought it best to familiarise myself with the lathe to fined what its limitation were, compared to what I am used to using. Apart from the size and weight of the Blanks the lathe performs well. I found it very useful when turning small items that required reverse chucking, with this in minded I decided to buy a second lathe.

After a little research I decided to go for the Jet 1221 vs. I found that both Lathes are manufactured by the same company, the main difference is the motor and the casting. The Axminster motor is though an inverter and the Jet has a normal electric motor, both have forward and reverse. I’m sure the electrical engineers will tell me I get more torque from an inverter type motor. I have used both machines on similar projects and have found little difference in performance.

The main reason why I chose the Jet is that it appears to lose very little in the motor and gains with a much heavier casting. The bed is larger and changing the belts is very easy compared to the Axminster. Both lathes would benefit from being bolted to a bench but less so with the Jet. The weight difference is large, the 1416 is 41kg the 1221 is 55kg.

For interest I use the Axminster precision chucks on both my lathes (regretfully these are on longer available from Axminster).

Jim Young

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Tool & Wood Recycling - Wanted and For Sale


Our members are always on the look-out for sources of wood that would otherwise go to waste. If you have some wood, furniture with large solid wood elements like the legs, or a tree or large shrub you would like to dispose of, we will try to put you in touch with one of our members who would make good use of the wood and turn it into something beautiful.

Woodturning or wood carving tools and lathes etc. are always sought after. If you have any that you no longer need we would be happy to put you in touch with our members who would make good use of them.   Please contact us at:

For Sale

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Gardner & Scardifield Timber Shop at:

134 - 136 South Street Lancing BN15 8AU

Typically have a good amount of hardwood offcuts

They also have a variety of hard and soft woods and sheet
materials in stock and can obtain many special items to order

Please ask for the Manager to discuss your requirements.


Updated 27/01/18

If you would like to sell your surplus wood or tools here please email us at:
You will need to provide photos (smaller items in groups please) with clear details of each item and how much you want for them, together with your contact details. The Club requests a donation of 10% of the proceeds for this service which is open to members and non-members alike

Details of items for sale are the sole responsibility of the seller, and South Downs Woodturners offersno warranty, express or implied

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