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The articles in the club’s past magazines provide a wealth of information. The projects and tips should prove to be of value to turners at all levels of experience. To access the Magazine and Newsletter archives please use the buttons above to select the Year and Season for the magazine or Year and Month for the newsletter.

Please see below a further article taken from the September 2010 Magazine Archive. It was written by past Chief Judge Eric Warnicke and I hope that it will offer us all some inspiration to submit pieces to both the Competition and Gallery tables.

Also keep an eye on these pages as the featured articles will change periodically.

Competition Judging

I cannot comment about how other clubs or professional judges go about their

business; but these thoughts and comments might help members to understand

some of the decisions which we make in our club. So here goes!

Competition Items are chosen / planned by a team of three or four with the

committee controlling the final choice. They are planned to lead through the

range of spindle, faceplate and chuck work progressively with a range of

interesting and more challenging items to make. The progressive challenge being

to encourage and develop your turning skill and understanding of wood as a

material as well as developing an “artistic eye”.

Judging awards marks to indicate the standard achieved in the various

marking categories. The Judges use a check list to provide a degree of

objectivity into the process; but inevitably some subjectivity has to be exercised in

some areas. We are always ready to explain our marking decisions.

When possible we add comments to the novice/intermediate marks which we

hope to be helpful and constructive to identify what we perceive to be problems or

errors which detract from a better result.

Who Matters? An odd question perhaps. For whom is the item being made

and are there secondary considerations?

For a competition The judge matters. What is he looking for? What would

YOU look for in a competition piece? Perfection! Style! Originality! Feel!

Continuity! Aesthetics! Utility! Some factors are not mutually exclusive.

For a Present What will they be looking for? Did they request it, or is it

spontaneous? ....Is he/she a wood turner? This will affect their point of view. A

finished product can suffer from a range of characteristics; they may be liked or

disliked in a range of combinations. Consider likes and dislikes in relation to:

surface/grain finish, high gloss, matt, oiled, raw wood, natural wood, paint,

varnish, roughened finish, smoothness of touch, smell. Amongst other things,

utility and smell need to be considered together. How many of your non-

woodturning friends read woodturning and feel the inside and outside of the

bottom of a bowl

For a Craft Fair You are in the business of quick, cheap turnover, simple

ornamenting, minimum time spent on adding value, but consistent quality of


Gallery Work Now this is a different kettle of fish. high quality turning.

Perfection. Expensive wood, slow turnover. Quality and decoration call for high

added value.

Finally let us equate craft skill with art. This is part of the judgment task. A

competition asks for an item to display your craft competence, aesthetic and

possibly utilitarian input.

So let me leave you with a last thought, Is craft (in our case woodturning) an end

in itself; or is it a means to an end, that is to producing “artistic,” be it aesthetic or


Eric Warnecke