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Once again the Saturday club met at 9.00am at St Nicholas Church in Bedhampton with all the volunteers and members set up the lathes ready for the morning to start.

Alan our chairman  started with a couple of notices explaining that the two tutors for today was John Wyatt who was going to be showing how to do Coves and Beads whilst Don would be getting the beginners to make Egg Cups. So that all over the shavings started to fly John had a new member with him and was getting into his stride with his lesson.

Photo shows John with his Pupil.

Don in the meantime was describing how to turn an Egg cup and the templates that he uses.

After making the first one it was then the turn of the beginners. First up was Dave who made his and was very impressed with the final result.

It was then time for Jon to have a go and was also successful in producing an Egg cup.

Photos show the Egg Cup being made and the final product with a real egg.

Don then finished the morning by showing his team how an Egg was made. For those who are on the team if you could bring with you to the next Saturday Club a Bowl blank of 6 to 8 inches diameter and 1 ½ to 2 inches thick, we will start to explain how to start and finish making small bowls.


This was our fifth meeting since the pandemic started and again it was held in St Nicholas Church in Bedhampton then our Chairman Alan  gave us the good news that this was going to be our permanent home for the foreseeable future. With Saturday club meeting on the second Saturday and club nights on the second Tuesday.

Tonight Alan was going to demonstrate hand thread cutting and explained that he had watch how it was done on Y-tube and that he would do his best. One of the reasons he gave for demonstrating this tonight was that on the 28th February Paul Hannaby would be on ZOOM showing how it is achieved.

Photo on the left shows Alan starting to thread the inside of his box stating that the best way of control was to use a Arm Rest photo below shows an Armrest plus male and female thread chasers

Alan explained that the chaser should be applied to the wood and start cutting using a circular movement. He then went on to show the technique required to turn the male thread stating that you needed to use the same circular movement to obtain the best results. A new member was invited up to have a go and was very successful with his attempt.

Alan stated that he understood that the best material most suitable for turning threads is Box due to its density and clean cutting. A helpful tip put forward by John Wyatt was that if you are having trouble with breakout of the threads coat the section with a thin coating of Cynoacrylate (Super Glue).

We then had a short Coffee/Tea break when the membership was able to talk and discuss many different things amongst themselves before returning to continue with the demonstration.

The evening was begging to slow down but before that happened Alan throughout a challenge to everyone there as to who could turn the most beads in a minute.

Alan did the first minute and turned 7 then asked for another volunteer and John Wyatt steeped up to the lathe and turned 13. Photos of both Alan and John will follow on another page.

The evening finished with Alan saying that now we had a fixed venue for the foreseeable future that we would be able to start organizing the programme regarding booking professional turners and possible Masterclasses either in person or by ZOOM from the new hall. Also keep in touch by visiting the web-site for up to date information regarding going forward into the future.

Alan thanked those who brought articles for the gallery stating that he hoped that the competitions would start again also everyone for coming. Alan ended the meeting by saying that he wouldn’t be available for the March meetings and said that he would see us all in April.

Alan's one minute challenge

John's one minute challenge

The next photo shows the Gallery table and thanks go to Iain Grant, Walter Siegerist, Brian Eyley, Brian Mason and Don Smith for their contribution.