Meeting July 2011

July Club Meeting

A good turnout of members gathered together at the Riverside Centre on the 12 July to present their entries for the “Mushrooms” competition and for demonstrations on how to turn fruit for the September Bowl of Fruit competition.

Mike opened the meeting welcoming all, especially our newer members. Mike reminded us of the items of interest in the July edition of Turning Points, which may be found here. The Yandles Autumn Show is on the 9th & 10th September and any member prepared to use their car and take passengers should contact Mike or a member of the committee. The Yandles Show is always well worth a visit.

Bill Clayden kindly offered to judge our “Mushrooms” and the results of the competition may be found here.

For part of the evening we were joined by John Pedley, Membership Secretary of the East Surrey Woodturners, who was visiting the Island. He told us briefly about his club and that he was quite envious of our facilities!

The lathes were set in motion and we were treated to demos of fruity turning by various members the committee. Quite a few others were soon eager to try their hand. Here are a few photos of the evening.

You can find a few more resources on the techniques of turning fruit at the bottom of the page.


John gets going with something quite small, maybe it’s a grape?

No, it’s a cherry now! Supported between centres and turned at high speed

Mike on the CL4 lathe finishing one end of an apple

The apple is now reversed on the screw chuck

And here’s Mike carefully shaping the other end with a spindle gouge

Mike’s apple, sanded and finished

On the CL3 lathe Bernie shows us how grapes are turned

Hotly pursued by Roger

Then Len showing us how easy it is using Bernie’s specially ground scraper

Meanwhile Arthur on the big lathe is making the chips fly with his William’s pear

Arthur’s pear is shaping up with a little guidance from Clive

Meanwhile John is into lemons, complete with a textured finish

John giving advice on what not to do with your texturing tool

And now the lemon gets its colour – John loves the messy bits

Anyway John is soon into an onion ring – is that a fruit?

Onion rings are popular with Tommy having a go


Then Len – think he’s done this before!

While the others have fun Bill is seriously deliberating on the competition Mushrooms

Finally, the competition judge announces the winners and gives us the benefit of his wisdo


Wight Woodturners

July 2011

Here are a few techniques on turning fruit from some other experts:-

    Turning Apples Keith Rowley article here

    Turning Pears Oskar Douglas article here

And if you really want a challenge to complete your bowl of fruit, how about a turned banana !