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1st October – Club evening

10 October, 2012

This months club event was a club challenge and demostration from SPTA.


The demonstration from SPTA (Southern Power Tools and Abrasives) focused on two Bosch products from their prossional range: the GMF 1600 CE professional Router and the GEX 125-150 AVE Professional random orbital sander. Both tools were very impressive and offered a wide range of features. Both can be purchased from the SPTA team. The demonstration was down to earth and pitched very well. Both seems great products, but aimed more at the cabinet makers amongst us.


Club Challenge

The main event was our club challenge. The topic on this event were taken from previous inhouse demonstrations to see if the people attending were taking notes and had tried the new techniques. The topics/options for this months competition were:

3 options:
1. A wet turned item, retaining some bark
2. An item incorporating a twist
3. An item made incorporating off centre turning

There was a bumper turnout for this event which was amazing to see, with very high quality pieces with lots of variation in ideas, this must have made voting very difficult.

After great discussions and interested questions the votes were in:

First choice: Mike Haselden’s Offcentred platter featuring inlaid sections.

Second choice: Phil Bristow’s open twist vase.

Third choice: Jean Turner’s off centred ebonized vase.


A great competition and entries by all – let’s keep it up for the Christmas competition.

by Phil Bristow

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