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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gary Rance always gives us a great evening. This year he showed us how to make a spinning top, which was more complicated than you might expect plus a superb apple. In doing so he was also gave lots of basic hints and tips which will have helped the less experienced of our members, but not only that he also showed us a number of ways of doing things which I am sure would have been of interest to all of us. Thank you Gary.
Paul Howard gave us an evening of off centre with a lidded box. This enable him to show us his homemade off centre jig which we could all make. If we were not sure about making this with the precision required then he had a set of parts for us to put together. He also showed us a superb off centre jig made for professionals, it looked great until we heard the price!!!!!! As usual with Paul we got lots of hints and tips and the final item looked very unusual.
We had a great evening with Les Thorne who showed us some interesting ideas and also entertained us with a number of amusing stories. He made a lidded box and then showed us how easy it is??? to decorate using a small rotating saw followed by a subtle use of colours. Thank you Les.
As usual Andy Coates showed us something different. He started making a basic bowl and gave some very good tips about how to create the ideal curves by using gentle pressure and letting the tool guide the cut. He then followed by taking a square of strips of different woods glued together and made from this a square dish. This was done very carefully with light cuts to make sure that the delicate tips of the square did not break as the sides were very thin. This took a lot of skill and was completed up to the point of final finishing. A super evening Andy.
Darren Breeze gave us a very interesting demonstrating various types of decoration. He used a various decoration tools and pointed out that a certain amount of randomness is very effective but needs practice to make acceptable.
Jason Smith came to see us from Kent and showed us a number of unusual ways to decorate turnings. He showed us a plate which had a number of colours spreading out from the centre in streaks. This was done by spraying the colour on while the lathe was going slowly and before it dried speeding up the lathe to get the colour to spread out in streaks. He felt that the lathe was a little too fast for the first step but the end result still looked very effective. His final piece was made using a bit of hard cloth and making lots of different coloured dabs.
Tony Walton announced that he would make one or two small items and started with a small (5cm) burr dish on a little pedestal which quite impressed us. He then progressed onto two tiny goblets. That really was pushing things a bit far as he used a small skew chisel to do most of the work. He put a captive ring on one goblet and did a free hand twist on the other. He explained that to do this work the slightest slip with the tool could cause a major problem which happened once. Well done Tony for showing us such delicate work at a demonstration.
Following the AGM Terry Harragan a club member filled the second half of the evening with a demonstration. Terry has not done many demonstrations and was a bit concerned about his demo, he need not have worried it all went well and he showed that he could keep the club interested in his project which was a small vase. He showed good preparation and skill and produced a nice piece of turning. Well done Terry.
Gregory Moreton gave us a really good evening with three projects. The first being a dish made from a square lump of wood with a very rustic appearance. The square was left with a thin strip each side which was later sawn off. This was used to safely attach to a face plate for the turning. He then showed how to get a really nice shiny finish by using a metal brush followed by an abrasive circular brush. It was then sealed and waxed and shined up using another circular brush. He followed that by making a small off centre vase with a natural edge which looked great. He finished showing us how to make a bottle stopper. A really interesting collection of items. Thank you Gregory.
Tic Challis gave us a very different evening with a presentation on Pyrography and related decorative techniques. Her evening showed us lots of details and explanations without spending too long on each aspect. She made the point that using a pyrography pen was very different from using a writing pencil and needed the support of both hands to work well. She also showed us how to combine with colour and decoration using the ability of the pyrographed line to stop colour spreading where not wanted. A fantastic evening thank you Tic.