21 Nov 2023 – Workshop Night

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Workshop Night

Now that we have four turners available to entertain us on workshop nights, a decision was made that only two would feature on any one night thereby reducing the pressure on the four to come up with something each month and also giving the members a less frenetic evening as they tried to keep up with what was going on in four breakout rooms. First up under this new system were Mick and John.

As usual the evening started with the Show and Tell feature which this month saw contributions from eight of our members who exhibited a cross section of items all to the high standards that have become the norm.

And so onto the turning. Mick proposed two projects, a bowl turned from a Burr Elm and a box returned from a top hat intended for a snowman which unfortunately went wrong resulting in a broken rim. Mick mounted the burr on the lathe using a screw chuck and started to shape the outside of the bowl a task not to be rushed because of the knobbly surface of the burr. It was also apparent that the wood had been extensively attacked by woodworm and would require treatment.

Mick was also concerned about the integrity of the tenon he had formed but in the end decided that it would do the job. Having completed the outside Mick then treated it with Cuprinol woodworm killer before sanding it. The application of Finishing Oil completed the outside. The bowl was reversed mounted onto the tenon and the hollowing started. Once hollowed the inside was power sanded, coated with Finishing Oil and the bowl was finished.

The broken hat, turned from Applewood, was now mounted onto the lathe using a screw chuck which enabled Mick to true up the top of the hat (which would become the bottom of the box) and create a recess to which he added some decoration. Now held in the recess the broken rim was turned away leaving the box ready for hollowing but not before three decorative lines were burned into the timber near the bottom of the box using a wire. The hollowing was started by drilling a hole using a forstner bit to the required depth.

The process was completed using a hollowing tool. That only left sanding and finishing and the box was complete. As time had run out Mick was not able to make a lid for the box which he proposed to do so from a piece of cherry which would complete the resurrection of the broken hat.

John also proposed two projects for the evening, a Christmas decoration in the form of an angel and a bud vase which would be finished with paint using an airbrush.

The angel comprise a cone shaped body, a sphere for a head, two circles of wood to form the wings plus hands and feet. Interestingly the feet and hands are attached to the angel using sisal string which becomes a feature in itself. A 65mm square by 115mm long piece of sycamore was held on the lathe between centres, reduced to a cylinder and a chucking point formed. With the wood in the chuck and the dimensions marked out John set about forming the conical shaped body before hollowing out the base of the cone to a suitable depth. The body was parted off creating a concave shape into which the head would sit. Holes were drilled through the upper and lower parts of the body to accommodate the string for the hands and feet. With the piece of wood still on the lathe John used a skew chisel to from the sphere for the head checking that it would sit nicely onto the body. Again from the wood on the lathe four small pieces were turned for the feet and arms.

John demonstrated the technique for cutting the string and threading it through the holes to form the arms and legs before gluing the hands and feet to the strings. The head was also attached with glue. He then used two pre-prepared discs of Yew to create the wings. The discs were sanded flat at a point on their circumference which enabled them to be glued together and in turn glued onto the body. They received a sprinkling of Jo Sonja’s Opal dust and the angel was finished with acrylic lacquer. The angel was now ready to await the arrival of Santa Claus.

It was now time to make the bud vase. A piece of spalted Sycamore was mounted between centres the dimensions of the vase marked onto it and a tenon formed. Remounted in the chuck the work of shaping the vase began.

With the approximate shape defined a 16mm hole was drilled into the neck of the vase deep enough to take the plastic test tube that would be inserted into it. The shape was then refined until the desired result was achieved. Now it was time to apply the finish. With the airbrush loaded John talked us through the technique for applying the paint to achieve a graduated effect. Different shades of blue and green were sprayed over each other until the desired look was achieved not only to John’s satisfaction but also members of the audience that had shared their thoughts and opinions as to how the vase should look.

All in all another interesting workshop with thanks going to Mick and John for their efforts and to the members that submitted photos of their work for the Show and Tell.

Thank you Alan for another great write up of the evening’s activities.

Please check out the photos taken during the evening in the Gallery HERE.

2024 Programme

Pleased to announce we have a full programme for you next year after Zak’s hard work.  He has found you a wide range of turners from both the UK and USA, some of which we have seen before, but several new faces, so we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.  Well done Zak.  You can now download a pdf of the programme HERE.  Hard copies will be available from the Club in due course.

And Finally….

Don’t forget we welcome back Les Thorne next Tuesday, 28 Nov 2023, so see you all there.  PAYG Members need to be purchasing their ticket as soon as possible if you want to watch this demo.  We will be hosted on his Zoom account so if tickets are purchased you will get the automatic response providing a zoom meeting link.  Please disregard this as it will not be the right link.  We will send the correct one to you once we get notification that you have brought a ticket.  This part is not automated so please be patient and don’t leave it to the last minute as it may get missed.  If you have paid and not had the email from Martin by Monday evening please get in touch. Any problems with doing any of that, again please contact us.

Hands on Night 12 Dec 2023.  We are expecting Nathan from NE-Woods-GB to be coming along selling his range of timbers.  He will take card or cash.  An email has been previously sent out to all members about this,  so if you do want anything specific please contact him via the details provided in the email and he will try and bring it along.  We hope to be able to stock his products in the Club Shop depending on the range, quality and cost etc, so watch this space.

This is the last physical meeting in the Hall for 2023, where did the year go!  This is your last Christmas shopping day in the Club shop, which the door will be open to you from 7pm to 9pm and not before.  So go grab yourself a bargain or two.  We take card only!

Mick Close has very kindly informed us that he will be providing sausage rolls and mince pies, so please make the effort to come along and raise a mug of tea or coffee (we are all driving so unfortunately nothing stronger!), have a bite to eat and let’s wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 

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  • Chris Fisher

    It would be nice to know what the members thought of two turners instead of three. We agree four was to many. Unfortunately, we will never know what members think. Maybe we should have a system in place for members to express their opinion, either verbally or written. Just askin’

  • Paul Tunmore

    Another enjoyable evening with a good bunch of people. Personally I think that the two turner set up worked very well, I try to get to see what each turner is doing and 4 was too many. Mick managed a very rare thing in Lincolnshire which was a very impressive dust storm in his workshop and I’ve never seen such a wormy piece of wood produce such a beautiful object!!. I switched to John for the second half where John was ,in his own words, “Doing a Chris Fisher” in making a decorated bud vase. To make him feel really comfortable there in the audience was Chris himself , if I were John I would have done something else but John is made of stronger stuff and persevered . In the end this exemplified what this club is all about with Chris and John working together to produce the vase with bits of banter and great advice. I still can’t believe that John was asking the colour blind Chris which colours to use!!!

    I will , yet again , second what Chris has said about getting feed back from members. A lot of work goes into planning how to entertain you and the least you could do is let us know if it works for you and how well the turners did. We are coming to the end of another successful year and hope for another one next year.

    Well done Zak on another great list of demonstrators for next year. Another difficult job carried out by a volunteer which will go unrecognised by the wider membership, well done Zak on another excellent job

  • Chris Fisher

    I’m going to use the word, ” exemplified ” at ever opportunity today 😉 its my word of the day. Thanks Paul.👏👏

  • Rob Collin

    Here, here, another great workshop night!!
    I did prefer having two turners, being able to spend more time in each room and just about keeping up with progress in each. Very interesting projects too.
    With the demonstrators doing a rota also allows the two ‘off duty’ turners to participate and interact with the the others which is also instructive to the rest of us.
    It must be difficult for the demonstrators to decide what to do each month to keep us entertained, maybe we (the rest of us) need to be more active in helping with (sensible) ideas for demos that could be considered by them.

  • Chris Fisher

    Thanks for your comment Rob, well said mate.

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