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The chairman opened the meeting and after welcoming everyone and a new member he stated that the first thing that was being done this morning was to introduce the new lathe and how to assemble on its stand.

This was so that safety could be introduced when members were setting up.

Alan Brown was set the task of trying out the new lathe.


His Demo this morning was to show how to turn a Hollow form which is the competition piece for the Novices at the February’s club night meeting.

Going round the room Ken White was the next lathe and he was showing a new member Tom the basics of woodturning by Roughing down a square section and then how to turn Beads and Coves.

Saturday Club 9th February 2019

Alan, Don & Brian with the New Lathe

Ken with Tom

Tom having a go

Next round the room was Mike Hasleden showing and with hands on turning Chess like forms and a Hollow form in the shape of a Goblet with Captive Rings. Photos of Mike will follow with the items that Bill made.


This brings me to Bill who stated that he would be turning an Auctioneers Gavel & Block.

The Block was being turned from Olive Ash with a Brown Oak Dome in the centre, this was finished with Sander Sealer buffed a coat of Friction Polish and buffed up with Wax.

Next came the Mallet which  was turned in Brown Oak and then how to turn the Handle which this time was turned in Ash, they were all finished as the block.

The photo on the left sees Mike discussing his next project with members of the club.


This is going to be the Goblet.

The photo on the right shows the items that Mike demonstrated showing the start of the captive ring on the Goblet. You will notice the Chess like piece sitting on top of the Headstock.

The photo on the left shows the Gavel and Block that Bill turned.

The first three photos show the lathes with their screens removed to give a better clarity also the lathes were motionless for safety reasons.

Don’t forget if you have any problems, that you can come along to our next meeting which is 9th March 2019 at 8.45 to ask that question and seek your answer. The doors actually open at 8.00am for setting up and any help will always be appreciated.


Written and photographed by Don Smith.

Club Night 20th February 2019

As usual the Chairman opened the meeting by asking if we had any guest new members and then welcomed everyone.

The meeting was told that Roy one of our members was in hospital recovering from an operation and the club wished him a speedy recovery.

After a few more notices he introduced Ken Briffett asking him to give a small talk about this year’s competition named “STELLAR”.

Ken started by saying that the idea was taken from a piece of work that one of our members had turned (Photo of this will be found on the website under Programmes, Ken’s Challenge) with the approval of David’s family.

He explained about Black Holes, Galaxies and many other ideas and was hopeful to have many entries that would be able to be shown at different shows for the next 12 months.

Bill Thorne was then introduced as tonight’s demonstrator.

Bill thanked everyone for their applause and asked for the same to be given to Mike Haselden who had taken second prize at “The Worshipful Company of Woodturners at London Carpenters Hall” competition.

Ken Briffett explaining STELLAR


So the demo was started with Bill explain that this evening it was going to be a Pedestal Bowl in three parts.

The first part being the Pedestal which was turned from a Square section by 200mm long this was put between centres and shape was partial turned a photo of this will be seen later.

Next came the Base and bill explained that he always drilled a hole first for his Screw Chuck the blank was screwed on and the base was turned. Which he would then sand and finish. Reversing the piece he then faced it off. The next operation was to drill a hole the size of the spigot that was turned on the stem. Picking up the Stem the two pieces were glued together by bringing up the tailstock to make certain that they were central. As seen in the photo.

Bill then continued to explain by doing it this way (My mind went from a Blue Peter thing to a Tom Cooper saying which was “NOT LIKE THAT LIKE THIS”) that you could define the two shapes as one and completely finish the item off.

As seen in the photo.

Stem and Base glued together

Pedestal and Base finished


The main tools that Bill used throughout the whole demonstration were a Continental Roughing Gouge a 3/8” Spindle gouge, Skew and a Parting Tool.

His other comments were do not make the bases to bulky as it will throw the design out.

Next came the Bowl so picking up his blank Bill explained that he always drills a hole to the same size as his Expanding Chuck Jaws recess with a Forstner Bit. Placing this on his chuck he brought the tailstock up as extra support and commenced to turn the base of the bowl. Using the Ashley Isles (Simon Hope) Beading tool two beads were turned on the top edge of the bowl and then taking a Texturing Tool textured between the two beads.

At this point Bill found some tear out and explained that with Spalted Beech if this happened then smother it with Cynoacrylate Adhesive, in other words Super Glue. He pointed out that if whilst turning you find a crack appearing or soap like features then use your super glue before continuing. If whilst turning you feel the necessity to add more do so as the glue is cheaper than wood and you can save yourself a lot of money. It was at this stage that the Spigot hole was added to the base to match the one on the top of the spindle. A pencil mark was also added at approximately 3.2mm to 4.00mm outside of the spigot hole for a later reference.

At this point Bill would normally Sand and Finish the outside of the bowl but he said that he wouldn’t do any sanding tonight and that he would take it home and do it later or ( like the next day or whatever).

Underside of Bowl showing the Beads and Texturing

Centre of Bowl showing Bulk left in the middle

The bowl was then reversed, the tailstock was brought back into play before the hollowing commenced again for stability. As you can see from the photo Bill has turned the bowl shape but has left a largish piece in the middle this is to give strength to the chucking area whilst turning the bowl. Once satisfied with the thickness of his bowl the bulk would be removed and blended in with the rest of the bowl. It would be sanded and finished using a number of coats of Danish Oil. Unfinished bowl on the right.

All the while the demonstration was going on there was a lot of bantering between Bill and the audience and a lot of laughter.

Bill then showed how he made Apples and Pears and to enable him to get right down inside the flower end of any fruit he made was to make a special live centre.  Taking a Revolving Centre with a removable pin he added an extension pin to it using a piece of round bar 3/8” X 1 ¼” long (10mm X 32mm) add a very long point to one end it was then placed into the original live centre.

I won’t go into the turning as most members will know how this is done but I will mention the wood sizes. For Apples the norm is 3” X 3” X 2 ¾” or ¼” shorter (76mm X 76mm X 70mm or 6.35mm shorter) then the square section.

Unfinished Pedestal Bowl

The other point of interest was drill one hole 4.5mm (11/32”) dia first and once the blank has been attached to the screw chuck drill the second hole then bring the tailstock up with your amended point. Remember that you are doing this in straight grain.


Written and photographed by Don Smith.