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May 2017
Mark Baker intrigued us by creating a double ended hollow funnel from a bit of Acacia branch. He first turned the outside shape, then hollowed from one end. He then explained that to hollow from the other end he would normally glue the hollow end into a shaped jam chuck using hot melt glue. However as he had forgotten the hot melt glue he came up with an alternative way, using the jam chuck and many turns of sticky tape.  IT WORKED!!! Great stuff Mark.

April 2017
Jon Simpson captured our interest by showing us how to make a segmented apple the “easy way”. This involved making two simple jigs and cutting two batches of segment shapes. These shapes were then lined up in the jigs and then applies to the body of the apple. The end result was an apple shape with see through segments in the middle. Well done Jon.

July 2017
Mick Hanbury gave us a super evening concentrating on decorative techniques. His presentation was full of useful information coupled with some amusing comments. He showed us how to make use of colouring techniques which started off looking a real mess and ending with some really nice effects.  
He also gave us an in depth demonstration of the Sorby decorating wheel. He showed us a variety of patterns and then followed by colouring and contrasting those patterns to make some very attractive effects. Thank you Mick very much.

June 2017 Brian Partridge (reviewed by John Butcher)
Firstly Brian demonstrated the basic tools and techniques used in spindle turning on a pine blank.  He demonstrated the roughing gouge for both roughing down and to shear cut to prepare a finish close to that achievable with a skew chisel.  He pointed out the danger of turning knobby piece of wood with a roughing gouge and demonstrated the safer practice of using a bowl gouge.  Brian used a spindle gouge to demonstrate the techniques involved to turn coves and beads.  He then showed how a catch comes about using a skew chisel and that much more damage to the wood results if the skew is held rigidly.
Brian then put these techniques into practice by making a Shaker Peg.  Since these pegs are normally made in batches, he demonstrated the use of a marking template and measuring gauge to mark the position of key diameters on the blank and to measure those diameters.He next made an elegant minimalist Candle Stick inspired by Shaker design.

Finally Brian turned a Chinese Box which enabled him to show and use a set of Plastic Jaws available from Record as an alternative to making a friction chuck.  He indicated that these jaws could be turned to house a series of internal or external steps to so that various diameters of wood could be held.

August 2017

Chris Grace on his first visit to our club showed us two unusual things. The first was a Goblet with a good sized drill bit integrated as a stem!!! It looked very good when finished. The second was a device for spinning very fine threads. This had to be very light (8grams)but robust and was made with a hollow carbon fibre rod with two wooden discs which required very careful turning to maintain the total weight. This showed very well that being in a wheel chair need not get in the way of excellent creative turning.

September 2017

Gary Rance gave us a superb evening starting with advice on basics for beginners for a few minutes followed be his demonstration of the salt shaker bell which showed us some great techniques. This intrigued us when he showed that you fill it from the bottom but when stood upright it needs a shake to get the salt out. He then showed us how he makes pendants using a clever home made off centre jig.

October 2017

Shaun Clifford entertained and informed us by converting a lump of tree into a useable item without losing the characteristics of the tree. Although the wood was not really dry this did not matter as the although natural edges would move it would not affect the attractiveness of the item. He gave us useful hints on how to treat such an object which finished looking great. Thank you Shaun.

November 2017

Colin Smith, our Regional Representative showed us several interesting ideas this evening. He Started by showing us a little tiny bird box as a Christmas tree decoration followed by an acorn box. His final piece was a Christmas cracker box. It was great to see some unusual ideas well done Colin

December 2017
Andy Coates as usual showed us something different. He showed that going back to long standing ideas about a mug showed us some useful ideas. His great presentation techniques made it very easy to follow. He also showed us how to make a small spinning top which should have stood on its head part way through, it didn’t quite work but he showed us others which performed brilliantly.

February 2018

Brian Partridge steps in at the last moment to swap with Paul Howard. Brian had intended to make a Muffineer (sugar shaker ) but because one of his important tools was damaged he changed this to a replica of a ladle made in 1690. The original is in the Victoria and Albert museum. A picture had been found in a book with the overall dimension shown and he printed out a copy to that size from which he took measurements. Brian started with the bowl which was very straight forward  and then followed with the stem which being long and slim required some care. There was not time for the best finishing and gluing together which was completed in his own work shop.

March 2018
Carlyn Lindsay showed us the basics of laminated work techniques and then produced a very elegant lidded box with a complementary finial. She explained that to make this sort of decoration really work there has to be great care with measurements . The end result was beautiful box. Thank you Carlyn for showing us something very different.

April 2018
Mark Baker as usual showed us something we had never seen before. He first turned a little pot and then proceeded to make four different lids asking us all which ones we liked best as he progressed. As he made each lid he gave us some ideas about who and when each shape would have been created, going back hundreds of years. Hi knowledge about classic shapes is very impressive.

He followed his demonstration by giving a critique on members exhibits which were all finished black. This showed off the shape rather than the wood, giving Mark another opportunity to comment on shape.

May 2018

Graham Slaughter Stepped in to help us this evening and what a great evening we had. His ideas and examples of decorative work on turned objects were superb. Even if you were not an lover of colouring wood, by leaving the inside of a bowl plain wood he made his decoration even more  impressive. He started by splodging the outside with a thick white paste and after it set he then did a second splodge. After this fully dried he then gave two coats of a colour, in this case yellow. Once dry he then sanded the surface which enhanced the splodges showing white patterns on a yellow background. How did he manage this in an evening demonstration? Simple! he had each stage previously completed so he then moved from one stage to the next without a wait. This was a great demonstration of a very interesting technique. Thank you Graham.