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January 7th – Club night members turn in

19 January, 2019

We kicked off our 2019 programme of club evenings with a “Turn-in”


This ever popular event was attended by a total of 60 members, including two new members Graham Hill and Stephen Jones. This was an excellent turnout for a January evening


Chairman Dave got things rolling with the usual welcome and notices, there was another request for volunteers on club nights with particular vacancies on the raffle table and the tea and coffee team, The raffle in particular is in danger of stopping if nobody comes forward to run it. These positions are for just a few hours one evening each month, and you’ll normally get a bottle of wine as a thank you from the committee at the AGM.

Dave also announced an upcoming “Hands on” day at Old Alresford Village Hall on Saturday 23rd March, where you can do what it say’ on the label, get your hands on one of the selection of lathes and receive one to one tuition from one of our many experienced turners, there will also be a sharpening station, where you can learn the basics of sharpening, the use of jigs and get your own tools nice and sharp. The day runs from 10 until 4 tea and coffee is provided just help yourself throughout the day, bring your own lunch and snacks. To cover the cost of the hall there will be a charge of £10, to book your space contact either Bob Hope or Harry Woollhead


On to the “Turn in” on offer we had three lathes and a sharpening station, these were spread around the floor area.

The lathes were manned by Alan Baker who was running a turn and learn mainly for the novices and improvers.

John Holden was demonstrating Off Centre turning producing little ducks, one of them of flying (literally).


At the third lathe was Dave Gibbard turning natural edge bowls.

At the sharpening station we had Alan Sturgess with a comprehensive range of equipment including wet and dry grinders a selection of jigs and numerous accessories.

All four stations were kept very busy throughout the evening with small crowds gathering around them and rotating from one to the other. The usual tea break in the middle of proceedings was then followed by a gallery critique given by Bob Hope, as is becoming the norm the table was full of very well turned items from the full spectrum of members novice to experienced, teen agers to octogenarians.

Andi Saunders

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