January - (Open Any Item)
Febuary - (Square Winged Bowl)
March - (Natural Edged Item)
It is with great sadness that the club has to announce the passing of its highly regarded Honorary Member Dave Strickland. A gifted artist and talented turner, Dave will mostly be remembered for his generosity and willingness to give his time and energies as well as his undoubted knowledge and skill to the benefit of the club and its members. A loyal supporter of the club, Dave has in the past held the role of Chairman and for many years was the club Secretary and has done much to promote the club and help its development.
Dave’s artistic skills went beyond woodturning and he regularly used these skills to enhance his wooden pieces with the use of colour and texture as well as pyrography and inlaying techniques, and he was a keen exponent of the art of segmented turning. But it will be Dave Strickland the man, generous, kind, supportive and a friend to all that will be the biggest loss to us and to all his family and friends. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and to all those who were lucky enough to know him and to be the beneficiaries of that friendship.
April Platter - (Embelished)
May - (A hollowed out item)
Last night the club were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of pyrography by Patrick Medhurst-Feeney who is also known by the business name of “Crash ‘n’ Burn”. Patrick explained the various tools and equipment available for this art and the choices he has made and how they suit his style and choices of subject. He was also aware of the various elements that might be specifically relevant to us as a group of woodturners. His description of the processes he uses and the varying use he makes of specific tools, nibs and ancillary hardware made for a very clear picture of the craft and his style. He also highlighted the pros and cons of certain types of wood and how he adapts his technique to overcome some of these difficulties. Questions were always welcome and were answered clearly and honestly. The members were later afforded the opportunity to try out the tools and techniques he had illustrated, under his expert guidance. Patrick provided an excellent introduction to the art and the whole process was very well received by the members. Many thanks Patrick!
June - (Gavil & Anvil from Drawing)
July - (Item from wood provided)
August - (Lantern with tea light holder)
On Saturday we were treated to an excellent and entertaining demonstration of the work and skill of Mark Beckett RPT - The Gentleman Turner. In a full and interesting day we were shown his methods for turning a spiral stemmed goblet, a textured and coloured wide rimmed bowl, and a pierced oval shaped lidded vessel. The day sped by, encouraged by Mark's insightful explanations and the skill of his turning. His clever tips for saving time and energy were revealing of the thoughtful approach of a full time professional. A terrific day was enjoyed by all those who attended and we hope we may see him again in the future.
September - (Thinned Walled Vessel)
October - (Coffee scoop)
November - (Christmas Themed turning)