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3rd February – Gallery

14 February, 2020

6th January – Club turn in

21 January, 2020

January’s meeting was attended by a total of 51 members.

The first meeting of the New Year was also a ‘first’ for the club. It was decided to have a Turn-in with a difference. We had five lathes set up, each with a ‘Lathe Master’ who was responsible for their lathe and were each given a similar 8 inch diameter x 1 1/2inch thick Ash bowl blank, with a brief to make either a bowl or platter to the design of their randomly selected ‘team’. As members entered the hall and ‘signed in’, our Membership Secretary Keith Barnes gave them each a sticky label with a number between 1-5 written on it. The numbers corresponded to a lathe and allocated that member to a pre numbered lathe for the evening.

The idea being that the Lathe Master and his ‘team’ decided on what they wanted to produce from the Ash blank they had been given, and they collectively used the tools that were provided by the Lathe Master to create their bespoke masterpiece.

Lathe No 1 was overseen by Lathe Master Martin Rooney.

Lathe No 2 was overseen by Lathe Master Mike Haselden.

Lathe No 3 was overseen by Lathe Master John Holden.

Lathe No 4 was overseen by Lathe Master Alan Baker.

Lathe No 5 was overseen by Lathe Master Alan Sturgess.

The evening started off with our Chairman Dave Gibbard giving the normal obligatory Safety Brief, then explaining the plan for the evening and directing the members to start at their allocated lathe.

Lathe No 1. Martin Rooney and his team had elected to make a bowl rather than a platter. Martin had decided that he would start the bowl but he was not going to do all the ‘work’ on the lathe himself, and was going to make his team do the work, but that he would offer support, advice and technical help if required. Tony Mercer ‘faced off’ the bowl and created the spigot using a pull motion with a small Spindle gouge. With the spigot completed and the bottom of the bowl formed to the team’s satisfaction the bowl was reversed on the chuck. Whilst hollowing the bowl Mario Demontis was using fine ‘push-cuts’ from the outside of the bowl to the centre.

Martin had left the design of the bowl to his team and they decided on a ‘recess within a recess’ which in effect created a ‘small bowl within a bowl’, which was a very interesting and unusual concept. This was completed largely by using Martins favourite tool The Simon Hope ‘Carbide Tool’ which has a very small ‘glass cutter’ type blade that is carefully offered up to the work piece.

Lathe No 2 with Mike Haslelden. Mike had come equipped with his own ‘travelling workshop’, including his own Dust extraction system. Mike had also decided to create a bowl rather than a platter, but their Ash Blank had a defect. It had a knot with sizable hole visible on one side, it was unknown how deep the knot or hole was, but the discolouration was visible on the opposite face. After ‘truing’ the blank and forming the shape of the bottom of the bowl there was some discussion as to the best way to form the foot.

Alan Truslove suggested that a ring be formed outside of the foot as this results in less wastage of material and allows for a deeper bowl, as the ring will form the base of the bowl and therefore remove the necessity of flattening the base after the spigot is removed. Alan demonstrated his method to the team. With the bottom finished, and the bowl reversed on the chuck it soon became apparent that the knot was going to cause an issue. Mike decided to pour some superglue into the hole to stabilise it and then carefully proceed with the hollowing. The glue held and the bowl was sanded to satisfaction then sealed with spray sealer and a coat of Chestnut Cut ‘n’ Polish and finished with a coating of Wood Wax 22 to give it a nice sheen and complete a lovely bowl. Mike’s top tip was “next time you go to a nice restaurant, save the good quality serviette, as they have a high Linen content and are very useful to use as finishing cloths”.

Lathe No 3 was John Holden’s whose team also decided on making a bowl. There was some discussion as to the best way to make and shape their bowl. Brian Eyley was working on shaping the bowl, but the lathe kept slowing down when under load, so John had to do some impromptu engineering and adjusted the belt speed of the lathe.

John shaped the base with a deep foot then reversed the bowl in order to ‘face the inside’ and turn the hole for the bowl. After some discussion and nifty tool work the team produced a very attractive flat lipped bowl with a narrow-recessed lip. John used his De Walt power drill with a sander attachment for final smoothing of the top of the bowl. He then made a jam-chuck and reversed the bowl to finish the underside. They sealed the bowl with Chestnut Sander Sealer diluted 50/50 and sanded to a fine finish.

Lathe No 4 with Alan Baker, Alan had come fully prepared and produced a plan drawing of the bowl that he intended to produce with his team. There was some in-depth discussion between them as to ‘how best’ to make the bowl and equally as important ‘which tools’ to use to get the best effect. As the bowl progressed there was some debate as to which grade of sandpaper to use for best effect as there were ‘toolmarks’ that needed to be removed.

Alan explained that changes in colour of the turned piece indicate where the tool ’stopped’ or ‘lingered’ on the piece causing a different effect on the wood grain. Alan soon realised that he had not brought enough sandpaper of different grits, so he visited the ever-useful HWA Shop and immediately got a better selection and smoothed the piece to his satisfaction. Alan used neat Sander Sealer in order to raise the grain, prior to sanding the inside. They turned the bowl so that the foot could be completed but had to have several attempts at making a suitable jam-chuck that would hold the bowl securely and squarely on the lathe. With the foot completed to their satisfaction they chose to use Australian Orange oil to raise the grain and then finished off with Chestnut Micro-crystalline wax.

Lathe 5 With Alan Sturgess, Alan started by showing how to ‘face-off’ the blank in order to stop the vibrations caused by the unsymmetrical wood blank and then commenced the shaping of the bowl they were to create. When he had partially completed the bowl base, he applied Exon MARCOL 82 oil to seal the wood and to prevent dust when sanding. Alan pointed out that the best and safest place to sand the bowl was on its ‘bottom-front quadrant’. In this area your hand is unlikely to be dragged down or around by the spinning wood and is unlikely to be ‘thrown’ off, as you have much more control over the sandpaper.

At this point Alan made, and hot-glued, a ‘waste block’ onto the base to give better access to the chucking point, but it slid slightly ‘off centre’ and had to be quickly removed before the hot- glue set. With the ‘waste block’ accurately re seated he reversed the bowl to hollow the inside. Alan continued to hollow out by using a ‘push-cut’ from the outside to the inside but leaving a very nice lip on the outer rim. He left a ‘stud’ in the bottom centre which was the same size as the hot-glued waste block for safety reasons until the bulk of the inside was removed. He then cautiously removed the stud to leave a flat bottom and sanded it to satisfaction. Alan then reversed the bowl by securing it in a set of Button jaws and carefully removed the hot-glued waste block. When sanded to his satisfaction he applied some more of his Exon MARCOL 82 oil (which he had acquired in his previous life) and revealed a lovely and very useful bowl.

While the teams started to clean up the incredibly messy hall and stow away their equipment our Chairman Dave Gibbard carried out the critique of items that members had displayed on the table, followed by a critique of the newly made selection of bowls. Each bowl was very different in appearance, and made with differing techniques, were of differing designs and thicknesses, but they were all attractive and functional.

The general consensus of opinion was that the evening went very well, and everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves. I believe most people had an input in the production of their respective team’s bowls and would have learned something useful.

Four of the bowls were taken to be offered up for sale to raise funds for Minstead, so your combined efforts will go to a good cause.

Many thanks to Bob Hope who had the initial idea for tonight’s Turn-in and was instrumental in much of the preparation.

Many thanks as always to our ace Photographer Pete Broadbent for his time and effort in photographing not only the usual gallery pictures but also the many club demos.

Due to time constraints Steve Jones and an ‘independent adjudicator’ had pre-drawn the raffle tickets, so the raffle was quickly and efficiently completed. Many thanks to Steve.

Thanks also to the Shop crew and the crucially important Tea and Coffee crew.

My role throughout the evening was to ‘walk around’ from lathe to lathe and take notes of the snapshot visits I made of what was happening, and who was ‘doing what’ on each lathe. I was equipped with the officious-looking clip board, paper and pencil. Contrary to popular belief I wasn’t ‘marking’ the team members or Lathe Masters as several of you thought. But as I was only ‘visiting’ each lathe there were potentially lots of topical discussion points and technical points that I missed.

One obvious thing that was missing throughout the evening was the lack of HWA name badges that were being carried and therefore it was difficult for members to identify who was who. It is surprising just how few names we can put to faces. Please can we remember to bring our HWA name badges.

Many thanks to all the Lathe Masters and their helpers.

Stay Safe everyone.                                

Dave Simpson. (Editor)

6th January – Gallery

19 January, 2020

2nd December – Gallery

14 December, 2019

December CHRISTMAS Challenge

13 December, 2019

The  Christmas  Quiz  night  and  Annual  Competition  was attended by 36 members and 11 guests, including Les Thorne who is our honorary member, giving a total of 47 on the night. The evening consisted of the usual general knowledge Quiz of eight subjects, the Raffle, a magnificent spread of food created by Susan  Barnes, and the  Club  Christmas  Challenge.  The subject of this year’s challenge was “Something powered by Wind” with prizes going to the ‘Most aesthetically Pleasing’, and the ‘Most Functional’. The wind was provided by a Hair Dryer and / or a fan. All Competition entries were placed on the display table at the beginning  of  the  evening so  members  and  visitors  could examine and check them over at their leisure. The quiz this year was compared by our very own Mike Dutton(who also doubles as our HWA Treasurer) who took to the stage to quell the rebellious hordes should there be any dissent from the members, and to host the evening. Members and their guests arrived and took their places at the tables (some armed with alcohol from the bar). There was a total of six teams who each gave themselves some pretty bizarre Team Names.

The rules of the evening were explained by Mike who basically said that the Compere is always right if there is a contested answer…!The subjects of the quiz were “Christmas”, “Connections 1” and  “Connections  2”, followed  by  the “Picture  Round”, “Movies”, “Who am I”, “Sport” and “General Knowledge” rounds.

After Round 4 we had the break for the Fabulous Festive Food that was very kindly, and very professionally, prepared by Susan Barnes, with free Tea and Coffee, produced by our famous Tea and Coffee makers. During this half-time break our illustrious Chairman Dave Gibbard invited all the five (5) members who had produced items for the Competition to “Display their Wares”. Unbeknown to most of us Dave Gibbard had secretly recruited some select members of the congregation to act as Judges for the “Most Aesthetic” aspect of the Christmas Competition entries. These covert judges had done their work and reported their findings back to Dave, who then invited the entrants to take their creations up to the stage where the electric hairdryer and fan were waiting. The winner of ‘The most Functional’ aspect of the challenge was to be decided by the volume and longevity of clapping from the crowd, with Dave G being the adjudicator.

The first entry was a set of beautifully turned ‘Christmas Trees’ made by Brian Eyley. Brian had  turned  a selection  of  trees, each tree was a different size, but each had a rounded base  so  that it freely wobbled. The trees were randomly placed on  the table by Brian who then selected and  turned  on the hairdryer,  they all realistically  wobbled and  swayed  in  the  breeze  from  the hairdryer and looked great. An effective and lovely piece to grace any Christmas display.

Next  up  was Tom James who had made a very nice but rather rude “Santa on skis” towing a sleigh filled with  toys  and  food  that included some Brussel sprouts…!! Tom removed Santa’s hat and raised him to his mouth then turned Santa face down, he placed one of the Brussel sprouts near poor Santa’s bottom and as he blew into Santa’s neck the Brussel sprout was blown upwards as if by a giant ‘fart’. This raised a tremendous laugh. On a trial earlier Tom had  ‘Santa’s  Sprout’  hovering  on  an  invisible column of air causing it to spin and dance.
After that was Keith Barnes and his very well turned and expertly painted “Seagull” on a spike. This beautifully made Seagull with its well balanced and  free  moving contra-rotating  wings  ‘wind-milled’ like crazy when the hairdryer was  directed  on it. The Seagull looked very good and was also  very  impressive when in full flight.
Then came Dave Gibbard’s masterpiece a “Boat on a sea scape” which was resting on wheels. She was a hollowed-out hull with a topical HWA logo. With the hair dryer blowing straight into her billowing sail she raced across the table and was only narrowly saved  from oblivion and falling off the end of  the earth by the lightning fast reflexes of Mike Dutton who caught it before it plummeted. Dave’s boat had a turn of speed to match the Cutty Sark… and earned itself a goodly round of applause.
Lastly up was a “Whirligig” by Dave Simpson. It depicted a man at a lathe turning an ‘off-centre’  bowl.  When the hairdryer wind hit the large propeller blades  the  ‘off-centre’  bowl  on  the  lathe turned, and caused the woodturner-man to swivel, and his arm holding the gouge to move back and forth. According to the Chairman’s  ‘clap-ometer’ this entry was deemed to be the winner of the “Most Functional” aspect of the competition. It was also selected as the “Most aesthetically Pleasing” of the five entries by the secret judges, and so has the honour of being the first ever Christmas Competition entry to win both elements of the competition.
Steve  Jones then took command of the microphone and commenced the Christmas Raffle, which was full of seasonal treats and some obligatory woodturning prizes. There was a great selection of items for the raffle winners to choose from, including some homemade Mulled Wine syrup made by Steve’s wife, and I was lucky enough to have the winning ticket and my wife Gail chose this. It was delicious. Thank you for a very seasonal and upbeat Raffle Steve. The second part of the Quiz evening started after the Competition Prizes, and Raffle Prizes had been claimed, and the collective brain cells of the members and their guests were further tested by remaining quiz rounds.(see the Quiz Results sheet at the end of this write-up).The evening was enjoyed by the participating Club members, their guests and the competition entrants. The Christmas Quiz and Challenge event is a well-established part of the HWA calendar, and is a fun and very sociable evening.

4th November – Gallery

20 November, 2019

7th October – Gallery

26 October, 2019