14 & 18 Nov 2023 – Hands on Night & Training Day
14 Nov 2023 – Hands on Night
For November’s Hands on Night, it was great to see 31 members in attendance and even better to have 6 guests come along wanting to give woodturning a try for the first time or to expand on their knowledge. Down one turner for the night kept the others busy and the hall was buzzing with general chatter and lots of socialising.
Thanks to all our willing helpers setting up and clearing away at the end of the night and not forgetting our turners that we would not be able to put on these nights if we did not have their dedicated support. Our turners for the night were John, Chris and Darren. Also great to see a few old faces that we have not seen in a while.
The quality and range of different items on the exhibition table was fantastic and we have some amazing turners in our Club. Please keep on bringing in your work for everyone to see, as photos don’t do the items justice.
Edit – My apologies, I had forgotten to mention the Shop and those running it and all the hard work they do to bring us all the fantastic facility, so thank you Paul, Dave, Rob and Mel. They had a busy night topping up the shelves with orders from Chestnut, Rhinogrip and Proedge belts. Thanks to Dave Eason who ordered and arranged delivery of stock and the cutting of rhinogrip into saleable lengths. It worked well not opening the shop until 7pm giving them time to sort stuff out before opening and this will continue going forward. We still have a fantastic bargain in the shape of a Proedge Deluxe for sale which is much cheaper than you can get elsewhere. Also a reminder Clocks and project kits are still on a special offer. You have only one more xmas shopping day to grab a bargain!
For more photos of the evening please check out the Gallery.
18 Nov 2023 – Training Day
On a rather miserable November Saturday we opened up early to get set up for the last Training Day of the year. With all four lathes set up and ready for one to one instruction by our resident instructors, Darren, Chris, Mick and John, the kettle was quickly got on to boil and biscuits at the ready.
Unfortunately, Zak was off sick, so we were down to just three lathes running in the morning, but we still managed to provide instruction to four students. Mick came along after lunch to give instruction to a gentleman who did not know he was going to be coming as it was a surprise from his Wife.
Some of the students had set projects they wanted to try, like Chris who wanted some help from Darren with how to make a cake stand. Whilst Stewart wanted to try his hand at a lidded pot and Dave wanted to make a nutcracker in time for Christmas. We also had a total beginner that was taken through the usual induction subjects, such H&S, the equipment, tools etc and then onto making a simple bud vase. Others needed some advice on sharpening and basic skill refreshers on tool control.
Another successful day was had by all and we are already looking at dates for 2024, where it is hoped, subject to the Village Hall and Instructor availability, we hope to be able to put on 5 Training Days, Feb, Apr, Jun, Sept and Nov, so watch this space for when we announce the dates and making the booking system live.
If there is anyone that is interested in booking in on these day, please contact us and you will get notification of when they go live ahead of anyone else to get booked in. They normally get booked up fairly quick so don’t leave it or you will miss out.
We also opened the Club shop, thank you Dave, as per the email sent out to all members, but alas only two who were at the training day anyway made any purchases, so for future training days it is unlikely we will open up if no one bothers coming along.
For more pictures of the day please see the Gallery.
What’s up next?
21 Nov 2023 – Workshop Night. Meeting links were sent out on Thursday have been sent out today 16 Nov, so if you have not had it, check your spam/junk mail and if not in there, please get in touch. Also, if you have any photos to go into the Show and Tell, please send them to me by no later than Monday 7pm. The Dropbox link to send them to is in the email. Thanks.
28 Nov 2023 – The last demo of the year by Les Thorne. PAYG members need to purchase a ticket to attend, click HERE
2024 Programme – We are pleased to announce that Zak, our Booking Secretary has been a busy chap and has got us a full line up sorted for next year. Please have a look on the Demonstrator page for who we have got and when, check it out HERE.