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3rd May – Gallery

4 May, 2017

3rd April – HWA 2017 AGM Report

24 April, 2017

62 attended the April AGM meeting including two new members, Roger Charlesworth from West End and Lee Terry from Fareham plus one visitor.

After signing in many of the members formed an orderly queue to renew their membership with Keith and Bill doing the honours.

Lynda called the meeting to order, and kicked off the proceedings with her farewell chairman’s report, in which she very generously sang the praises of the committee members and other club volunteers. This was followed by the Treasurers report presented by John Holden in the absence of Treasurer Alan Sturgess who was recovering from a recent hip replacement surgery. With no new nominees for the Committee, the existing team were then voted back in enblock with Dave Gibbard replacing Lynda as Chairman for the next three years

The Clubman of the Year award went to former Chairman John Holden, who is always ready to step in and give a club demonstration when needed, and also at turn-ins. He has recently returned to committee duty as our outreach and demonstrations organiser.

Keith Barnes took to the floor to announce the launch of a new award, The Len Osbourne Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the Gallery Table participants prize. Any member placing an item on the table will receive one point (up to two per month) points will also be awarded for “challenge” entries. The member with the most points at the end of the following March will be the winner.

Bottles of wine were then awarded to all of our regular monthly volunteers.

The main issue of Any Other Business, was a request from the Tea Team for the committee to seek an alternative venue for the monthly meetings as due to parking issues making it difficult for loading and unloading their equipment.

Following the statutory tea break, we had the results of the Club Challenge, the subject being a turned item that has been decorated, all those present voted for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices. With the eventual winner being Harry Woolhead and runner up Mike Haselden


Chris Davey then treated us to a talk on the making of and the history of Lace Bobbins, and has promised a demonstration at the next “Turn in” evening on Wednesday May 3rd.

The meeting then ended with the usual raffle.

Andi Saunders

3rd April – Gallery

5 April, 2017

6th March – Mark Baker

16 March, 2017

This month we were pleased to welcome Mark Baker, who we last saw in September 2013. As well as being editor of woodturning he also does demonstrations throughout the world so we were very lucky when he agreed to come to demonstrate at the club. Well done to Bob Hope for securing his services again.


We had 68 members attend including 1 new plus 4 visitors. A total for the evening of 72.


Look in many museums and you will see metal and pottery vessels with shapes used prolifically by the Greeks and Romans, but were also in use if Africa and Asia centuries before, and are still in use today. These shapes also give themselves to woodturning. Taking his cue from these classics, Mark’s demonstration was to be a lidded pot.


Mark explained lidded vessels are fascinating because they can be created in various sizes and can be functional or decorative or ceremonial. The opportunities for design and enhancement are endless.


Once the club lathe was set up, Mark was putting edges on his tools. This was done using a 150mm diamond wheel which was the precursor to the now superior CBN wheels that are now available. Mark had a mandrel made to fit the wheel so he could hold it in a chuck – with tailstock support and run it at low speed to sharpen his tools. During the demo, he used a diamond hone to keep the edges sharp


Mark started the evening by asking how many members turn at least 25 projects year? A show of hands showed that many of us don’t. He then explained that the average is only 15 projects per year, the point of this question was to point out that if we do not turn regularly we are not practicing our techniques enough.


He started with an ash blank, this was mounted between centres to shape the outside and form a spigot for later reversing to hollow the inside. Mark likes to support his work using the tailstock even when mounted in a chuck. This is more secure and minimises vibration.

He discussed the use of scrapers. And passed three different examples around the audience. Mark started by using pull cuts to clean up the face of the blank, he then used a parting tool to form a spigot for reversing the bowl later on. He then proceeded to form the outside of the bowl using a selection of gouges and scrapers, practicing his techniques as he removed the “waste”, something he recommends for building or retaining skills.

With the outside shape of the bowl complete it was now ready for. the decoration. Here Mark used a beading tool to cut beads on the bottom half of the bowl from the transition point to the base, he then used a parting tool to replace alternate beads with a flat area, a very pleasing yet simple method of decoration.


At this point, Mark explained that he does not sand during demonstrations due to an allergy to all wood dust, when in his own workshop, he always uses a full-face respirator and the workshop is equipped with extraction and filtration.

He gave a useful tip for cleaning up features like beads where sanding is time consuming and likely to remove sharp detail. He uses radial bristle brushes by 3M available in different grades of coarseness. These are quite expensive but a more affordable version is available from B&Q (other DIY outlets are available – Ed.)

The decoration complete Mark remounted the bowl on the previously made spigot and began using a straight coring tool to remove a section which could later become the lid of the bowl, or in this instance another shallow bowl later in the evening. These tools are an excellent investment to save wood and reduce shaving waste. The inside was hollowed with gouges, the bottom of the hollow needing a steep square grind to enable the bevel to rub. A ledge was left in the inside wall for the loose-fitting lid to rest on.


Following a tea break in which Mark answered questions to the surrounding members, he proceeded to give a brief critique of a very large members gallery, picking out the exhibits which caught his eye, he paid particular praise to the entries of two of our newer members who had exhibited pieces that were only their 2nd and 3rd/4th efforts all of which he highly commended for their quality Mark also commented that many of the clubs he visits no longer have a gallery at their club nights.

Mark returned to the lathe and proceeded to turn the lid for the pot, again explaining the culture of shapes. He reduced the edge of the lid to approximately match the recess of the bowl and created a graduated knob and again formed beads from the transition point. The lid was then reversed in the chuck and the rim reduced to fit nicely in the bowl. He then back cut the inside of the lid. The bowl and lid were left plain inside as any decoration would create a food trap.


Mark completed his demonstration by turning a shallow bowl from the cone he had previously removed from the centre of the bowl. He continued to explain that clay pots were finished with a variety of bases. On this occasion he cut away the rim to leave 3 feet on which the pot stands, which also allows light to travel through the spaces. This was achieved using his mini angle grinder to form three feet from the bowl base.


The unit he used was a Proxxon long-neck angle grinder fitted with a medium grade toothed disc from Foredom. Discs of various kinds can also be obtained from Saburr, King Arthur Tools and Kutzall and Arbortech.


Mark finished his session with a quick Q&A, following a hearty round of applause for a first class evening’s entertainment and we finished with the usual raffle


Next month’s meeting is the AGM and a challenge to make a bowl incorporating some form of decoration. Entries will be displayed for members to select their favourites. This will replace the usual gallery. Also a quick reminder that membership renewal fees are due.

Andi Saunders

6th March – Gallery

10 March, 2017

6th February Members “Turn In”

17 February, 2017

Despite some evening wet weather some 63 members still attended this months meeting with 4 visitors and 4 New Members.

 We welcome Steven Warren, Alan Biddulph, Martin Coles & Stephen Howell.

 Lynda did the usual introductions which this time included a call for several additional volunteers to help at the monthly meetings. There are vacancies for helping on Audio/visual, club shop and the raffle. There is also an opportunity for all members to help out the Minstead project with the manufacture of 300 Yew Candle Holders for Wimborne Minster, more details later in this issue.

The theme for the evening was a member’s Turn-in with three of our senior members on the lathes. All three demonstrators were surrounded by a revolving audience throughout the evening.

We had Alan Baker demonstrating the use of the Skew, turning between centres on the new club Charnwood lathe,

The skew chisel can be a very versatile tool used for planing a smooth surface on the outside of spindles as well as cutting vee-grooves and beads. It can also be used to facing off the end of cylindrical workpieces and properly handled, the skew can even be used for shaping gentle concave curves in spindle work.


A selection of skew chisels: from the left,1/2″; 3/4″ and 1″ plain skews and a 1″ oval skew


We were treated to serious debate between the experienced turners about how the skew should be sharpened, how long a bevel and how many cutting edges there should be, all of course a matter of choice, different strokes for different folks as they say. There was however plenty of opportunity for those brave enough to turn a few beads in front of their peers.

On the second lathe we had John Holden holding court on how to turn a box and lid from some Yew Branchwood, despite a few problems with his chuck and a particularly dry bit of branch, John managed to educate his audience with a skilful narrative even when he managed to break through the side when hollowing out his box, he carried on with a smile and a joke “that’s how not to do it” and proceeded to make a matching lid which he achieved with just a few adjustments achieving such a good tight fit that he broke the box in half trying to remove the lid. Undeterred by this small mishap, and one that has happened to most of us John continued to retain is audience’s attention and moved on to making a light pull in the shape of an acorn

On the third lathe we had Harry Woolhead who promised us a few Branchwood pots, similar to those he had entered on the evenings Gallery table. Another entertaining demonstrator Harry also picked on a very hard piece of Yew Branch wood which proved hard work to hollow out, Harry showed us a similar pot that he had previously turned from a much greener piece, and pointed out the difference in ease of working with this and how you can gauge the thickness of the walls you are hollowing using his finger and thumb “nature’s callipers” also when turning green wood you can shine a torch into the hollow and this will shine through the wood as you reduce the thickness

The evening came to its close with the usual gallery critique this time given to us by Alan Sturgess, a special mention must go to Mike Haselden for his wonderful napkin rings and twisted stand with its very clever inlay effect, a major talking point around the table all evening. And the final action was the raffle draw.

Andi Saunders

6th February – Gallery

8 February, 2017