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This evening was a hands on session for anyone who wanted to have a go at turning a mushroom, which is the item for the July competition. However the evening kicked off with a "show & tell" session.  John  was first up talking about his early offset turning plaques. Next came Bill who described the process he uses to cast pewter ingots which he can then turn using normal woodturning gouges to make various small items. Next came Derek who showed everyone a steady he'd made using scrap block board, ply and some wheels from rollers skates, he then went on to show some segmented bangles  which he'd made from old ply back oak flooring panels. Lastly Bernard took to the floor to show of his turned items which actually went very wrong but which he'd them used various techniques to recover them and thus ending up with impressive items of work. Lastly he showed us a small box which contained 3 even smaller (!!!!) turned egg & egg cups.

We then moved to the main theme of the evening which was turning mushrooms, we were pleased to see several members coming for to have a go at turning said item.

Finally John wrapped up the evening by announcing the result of the evening competition for an "egg & egg cup." There was a wide range of entries using various turning mediums, woods and sizes. Some were solid eggs whilst a few brave soles had made their eggs into thin walled boxes. The result of this competition and photos of the entries can be seen here.


John kicking off the "show & tell" of the evening. Here he's showing us his first offset turned plaque. Bill was up next, here he's describing how he casts pewter to make ingots which that then be turned on a wood lathe using normal scrappers. And so the mushroom turning begins...  
  Not quite sure what Les intends doing with this!!!