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We are a small and friendly club which has a variety of members with very varied skills. Many of our members travel considerable distances to meet with us and most are very active turners.
We promote our club and woodturning at various events during the year.
Members can offer advice and tips and you can learn a lot from our demonstration evening, which showcase some of the top demonstrators available as well as our own members’ talents. We use a media projector to make sure that the action is viewed from several camera angles.
There is always a table for display of your latest creation at each meeting, also the occasional item turns up for sale.
We also have a number of nights where traders may show their wares and demonstrate their products.
We hold a club competition annually where we award the Club’s “Malcolm Fox Memorial Trophy” to the entry voted most popular by the members.
About our club
Upcoming meetings and events:
June 20th 2017
Demonstration by Roger Foden
July 18th 2017
Demonstration by Mick Hanbury *
7:30pm at the Village Hall
* Meeting changed from previously advertised
2016 Malcolm Fox Memorial Trophy being presented to winner, Ian Cameron, by Vice Chairman, Tic Challis
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We encourage all members to bring items to meetings for display. See more in the main Gallery
Weird and Wonderful Wood show at Haughly Park - 13/14th May
A great success for the club. Thanks to all those people who helped to setup, demonstrate and help out o the stand. One of our busiest we believe. Our Tombola was very popular and we were pleased that many people donated prizes.
Our Prize ‘chest’ has been severely depleted during the show and we would appreciate denotations from all members so we can offer it again at future events.
April 2017 meeting
We invited Gerry Marlow to return to the club to give another demonstration.
He presented an interesting demonstration in several parts, firstly we learnt about Gerry’s use of Resins in his work to decorate and encapsulate items within his turnings, secondly he used a sliding bed and router on the lathe to create an ornamental resin inlayed hollow form.
March 2017 Meeting
At this Multi-turn we had four lathes on the go with five demonstrators and Tic brought along her pyrography and airbrush units. Listening in on various demos, there seemed to be a lot of discussion and sharing of hints and tips relating to all aspects of turning. I heard discussions on sharpening, tool technique and choice of woods. Amongst other bits and pieces. Yet again this was another successful evening. Thanks to all who brought in equipment and lathes.
He then demonstrated eccentric chuck methods for turning pendant necklaces using nothing more than a standard scroll chuck.
Finally he created an off centred candle stick using tailstock positioning.
This was an inspiring evening and contained some useful tips and tricks, thank you Gerry.
Meeting change - July 18th
Please note that this evening was to feature a demonstration by Rob Lewis however die to unforeseen circumstances this has been changed.
We are pleased to welcome Mick Hanbury who has kindly been able to cover this evening at very short notice, Mick has previously demonstrated to the club back in June 2013
May 2017 meeting
We welcomed Peter Nichols along to demonstrate for the evening.
He came along with his wife and besides demonstrating he had a nice selection of blanks which his wife was tasked to sell. He demonstrated the techniques needed to turn Baksia nuts into lovely items.
For those not familiar with the Australian Baksia nuts they are elongated seed pods with multiple holes radiating from the centre where the seeds are contained.
The nuts are tough and turn well however they have a ‘velvety’ outer coating which dusts and can be an irritant both to skin and respiratory systems. The seeds also have a tendency to fly out while rotating.
As usual the club recommends personal safety equipment in the form of goggle or protective eyewear, respiratory masks and gloves.
Peter’s Banksia nut botttle opener, the handle was turned off centre to enhance its feel
Note it was straight from the lathe and not polished.