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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.
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.
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.
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
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.