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Today started as any other Saturday club with a minimum of 25 members attending.


Unfortunately it started on a sad note as we were told of the passing of one of our stalwarts Eric Warnecke.

For those members who never met Eric he was originally a member of The Hampshire Woodturners and in March 1993 with a group of like minded enthusiast formed the Forest of Bere Woodturners with its first meeting being held in the Community Centre Denmead. In September that year Eric was elected Chairman, a position he held until September 1996.

He was then elected as Secretary for one year and took up his position as Head Judge until he stood down in 2012.

When the club formed a Juniors Saturday club in 2008 Eric was one of the first to volunteer his services and even when they broke away to form The Crafty Turners in 2010 he helped out for a further year. During this time the Saturday Club was formed and again there was Eric helping out with many other volunteer tutors. So we say goodbye to a very well respected and helpful club member.

Eric’s funereal details will be announced during the notices on club night.


Today was unusual as there was a lot of discussion regarding club night speakers with good suggestions with thanks and praise to the way the last meeting in July turned out so preventing a disaster and how much it was enjoyed, well done John & Don. John also mentioned that owing to Chris Grace being out of action for the August Club Night Bill was standing in and we will try and get Chris back in November.


Today Bill was doing hands on although falling back to his old faithful Apples and Pears. John was also hands on with any problem that members had whilst Don showed and explained how you could mount a bowl blank for turning using different chucking and holding methods.


Written by Don Smith, sorry no photos.

Saturday Club 10th August 2019

Club Night 21st August 2019

The Chairman opened the evening by welcoming everyone and did we have any guest or new members.

He then announced the sad news that Eric Warnecke had passed away. (You can read about Eric on our website under Newsletter).

Then explained what was intended to take place after the conclusion of the AGM. Asking all members who had made pieces for Ken Briffet’s STELLA competition and those members who had entered pieces for the monthly competition or Gallery table, if they could bring them along to the meeting  so that the membership could help decide which pieces would represent the club at the forthcoming SAW’S Open Day in October.

Tonight are demonstrator should have been Chris Grace but due to a shoulder injury he wasn’t able to make it but hope to see us in November also Stewart King would not be able to make Octobers meeting. Therefore tonight we would be graced by the one and only Bill Thorne. So over to you Bill.

The first thing that Bill did was to pass it straight back to John to ask him to describe the marking out for a three sided platter.

John started by taking a set of compasses he drew a circle and then divided the circle into six segments (explain that only 1, 3 & 5 positions would be used) then placing his compass point on number one he set them to the distance between 1 & 3 and drew an arch. Using the same setting he did the same for points 3 and 5 as seen in the photo.

This would be marked out on your blank and Band sawn to the drawn profile.

John then passed it back to Bill who explained that he always drilled a chucking point with a Forstner Bit. The size of bit depends on your chuck size.


Template showing the marking out.

Showing the pull cut across the bottom.

The blank was now attached to the lathe and the turning commenced starting with truing up the face then adding his expanding chucking point for when it was ready to reverse.

Then it was mentioned that at no time did you remove the centre, so starting at approx a third in from the centre and using a Bowl Gouge with a long grind and using a pull cut the wood was removed fairly quickly.


The art at this point was to make certain that the three points slopped outwards for sanding off later it makes to a much better looking bowl.

When the main body of turning had been finished he highlighted the chucking area with some beading decoration using a Ashley Isles beading tool, this was used with the rest on centre and the point of the tool trailing, using a rocking movement produced the beads.

Once Bill was satisfied he would have sanded and polished the underside before removing and rechecking. He did however show how quick it was to remove the little lips on the three points using 80 grit sandpaper.

Now the piece was rechucked and using the same method as turning the underside he turned the top of the platter down to approximately 6.35mm (1/4”) thick this would then be sanded and polished.

At this point Bill stated that he wouldn’t do any sanding tonight but leave it until he got home.

Shows the base of the Platter with beading.

Showing the face of the Platter.

A Tea & Coffee break was taken Competition results read out plus the Raffle was drawn before Bill started his demo again making his infamous Apples and Pears.

Bill stated that as far as he was concerned that the pieces of timber required were for Apples 75mm X 70mm (3” x 2.75”) and for Pears 96mm X 64mm (3 ¾ x 2 ½) with square ends.

Take your Pear block centre one end measuring across all for corners centre mark it and drill a 4.5mm hole (Note of caution drill this hole only in one end). With the screw chuck now fixed into your chuck screw the project on to it making sure that it is tight.

Next thing is that you need to now drill the hole at the other end of the pear on the lathe by using your Tailstock and drill chuck.

This will make certain that when the piece is reversed chucked it will be square.

It was at this point Bill introduced us to his modified revolving centre, taking a ring centre with a removable pin, now

take a piece of round bar approx 25mm to 30mm long place it in your chuck and file a point at one end. Once done place it in the revolving centre and this will help in turning your Apples and Pears in the future.

With the Pear securely fixed to the lathe and the tailstock in place you are ready to start turning starting with the bottom of the pear which is next to the tailstock.

By using the exact size of wood for either fruit this helps to define the shape much easier.

Now by making the long point revolving centre you are able to get right inside the base of the fruit that you are turning to make a very deep recess which will eventually take a Clove. When you are happy with the shape, sand and polish ready to be reversed. Unscrew and place on to your screw chuck a used sanding pad with the soft face on the outside screw the piece on to the lathe using your tailstock to help keep it square and true also making sure that the work piece is tightly screwed on.  Bring your tailstock into play and continue to shape it either as a pear or round as an apple, sand and polish.

Showing the base of the pear being turned.

Showing the base of the apple being turned.

Bill then turned a pear against the clock using a Continental Gouge without sanding which he achieved in 2 minutes 47 seconds.

He did the same thing again but using a 3/8 Spindle Gouge and this took 4 minutes 10 seconds.

His point was that he could turn much more efficiently with the Continental Gouge than a Spindle Gouge.

Again it was a wonderful evening with lots of banter between Bill and the audience.


Written and Photographed by Don Smith