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September 2016
Andy Coates came to demonstrate at our first evening at the new venue and despite the fact that we were getting familiar with our new lathe and new facilities it turned out to be an excellent evening. Andy gave us an insight on the types of colouring that was now available and showed us an intriguing finish which changed in an unusual way as it dried. He then took a big lump of Yew and took us through the basics of how to turn a good shape. He showed the problems some turners had and how best to get over them. We always have a good evening with Andy.

December 2016
One of our members Paul Howard brought some of his new products along and showed us how to make an Owl but he was also showed us how it was possible without his special jigs.  Now if you were to do a lot of this sort of work then there is no doubt that the router and ball former jigs would make things a lot quicker and easier. The finished Owl was delightful. Well done Paul

February 2017
Our chairman Alan Arnold spent an evening showing us how to make something from the inside out. Not that easy to turn the inside from the outside and then reverse the 4 pieces of wood to turn the outside!!!!! He showed us how careful you need to be to get 4 square pieces of wood fastened together firmly but then split them to turn them all round and finish. This all took some time and Alan left the final spigot on so that he could do the finishing at home (see Picture) A very interesting evening.

March 2017
Terry Smart from Chestnut Finishes gave us a very useful evening showing us how to go about finishing in various different ways. His test piece consisted of three different types of wood and he showed us how best to sand and get a really fine finish and in doing so he explained in some detail how these finishes worked. He also brought his shop along and supplemented our own shop with additional products which we do not stock.

May 2017
Simon lamb showed us all about turning on a pole lathe. He started with a piece of Ash branch and split it into several pieces with an axe. He then showed us how to do a rough shape with the axe and then got it very close to a round piece with a draw knife. Then it was put on the lathe which was an elasticated structure with a foot pedal. The final result was a shaped rod which was used to make a ball of cotton by hand. This was a very complete demonstration of what the Bodgers would do in the woodlands years ago.

June 2017
Roger Foden gave us a super evening this month. He showed us how to make one of his favourite pieces ‘an egg box’ . This may seem a simple project but it enable him to show a number of tools and ways to use them which many of our members were not familiar with. It is this sort of demonstration which helps us all, even the ‘experts’. Thank you Roger.

June Celebrity Day
We had a whole day with Les Thorne who gave us lots of tips and hints, showed us how a professional goes about turning, made us laugh and produced some really nice items.
We had a really great day.Thank you Les

July 2017
Jennie Starbuck gave us plenty to think about when she showed us a great variety of textures decorations and finishes and her display of items she brought were superb thank you so much Jennie.

August 2017
Brian Partridge put together an evening of spindle turning. He started by showing how to make the basic cuts, planing, coves and beads. He also made a number of catches and showed how they occurred. He also showed how a catch can be much more aggressive if the tool is gripped hard and too much pressure is applies. The next step was to make a Shaker peg and show how a simple guide plate could make turning much faster. This was followed by a weed pot which was a simple thing to do but enable various shapes to be tried out. Then onto a Cabriole leg and finally a miniature goblet with captive ring.

September 2017
We had a great evening with Tic Challis who gave us the inside information about Pyrography and colouring. The planning of her presentation was great and enabled her to show us many aspects of Pyrography without boring us by trying to do a final picture. She showed us the basics of rendering and sent round a superb set of patterns on a sheet with explanations for each on the reverse.  She showed us some water colour pencils which she was able to vary and make  impressive colouring. She then followed on by showing how to spray colour through different masks to great effect. She also showed us her pyrography decoration on one of Paul Howards Owls. Well done Tic.