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November Club Meeting

The Wight Woodturners gathered together at the Riverside Centre on the Tuesday 8th November for an evening of lathe work and various demonstrations. We welcomed a number of new visitors and hoped they enjoyed the evening.

Mike, our chairman opened the meeting and drew our attention to the November edition of Turning Points, which for members may be found here.  He was pleased to announce that the proceeds from the Wolverton Show for our chosen charity “Help the Aged” amounted to a total of £165.  Mike expressed thanks to all those who assisted at the show.  Mike also reminded all members that at our December meeting we will be holding the club’s AGM.  The AGM is an opportunity to express your ideas to shape the club that you would like. Mike invited nominations for committee members and also for Club Secretary as John is taking a well earned break.

The November competition to turn a lidded box was well supported with over a dozen entries with a wide variety of designs and shapes and sizes. The results for the competition may be found here.

The evening’s demonstrations had a “Christmassy” theme with Arthur showing us how to make angels whilst on Bernie’s Axminster lathe Len, Bernie and Tommy were mass producing Christmas trees and snowmen. The “Show and Tell” table showed off a number of colourful and carefully made decorations. Mike, using the CL4, recapped on some of the jam chuck methods used to make lidded boxes and then showed us how to turn a slender finial to decorate the lid this type of box.  A number of our new visitors were encouraged by Mike to “have a go” on the lathe.

A few additional resources related to the evening’s activities are included at the bottom of the page.

Here are a few photos of the evening, just double click to see a larger image.


Using Bernie’s lathe, Len sets to work on a Christmas tree

The finished tree

A snowman gets a sanding down from Tommy

Bernie’s and Tommy’s snowmen

Arthur sets off at a cracking pace Careful goes the hollowing Now Roy tries his hand Arthur’s angels. Has on slipped her halo?

Mike plans out his demo box

The hollowed out lid prior to parting off

The base fitted onto the jam chuck for finishing

The finished box

Mike demonstrates how to make a slander finial

The part finished finial after return from orbit

Mike encourages a visitor to “have a go”

“Something we made earlier” on the “Snow and Tell “table


Just a few more ideas with a Christmas theme:-  
                    Sue Harker’s Christmas cracker          - Here  or       Woodturning Magazine No 195 page 41
                    Paul Loseby’s Christmas tree ornaments       Woodturning Magazine No 208 page 5
                    Some interesting techniques in a video from Mike Oleary from British Colombia here
                    For slender finials Cindy Drozda must be in the top ten! Her website is here

Good Luck!