Wight Woodturners Club Meeting
Once again there was a very good turnout for monthly evening meeting. As usual our Chairman, Mike, opened the meeting welcoming all, and especially several potential new members.
The highlight of the evening was our Competition which was for a turned item made from an old bowling ball. These bowls are traditionally made from lignum vitae, a very hard and dense wood from Central America. Many of the turnings exhibited small cracks in their surfaces, maybe due to many years of rough service on the green! The colour variations of the various woods was also interesting but all showed how they could be brought to a highly polished surface due the the natural oiliness of the wood.
Our judge for this unusual competition was Colin Marsh. Colin has a wealth of experience as a furniture and product designer including lecturing on Design at Kingston University. He is a hobby turner and enjoys turning bowls. I think Colin was impressed by the variety of the work commenting “How do you choose between marmalade and swimming!” Some of the entries can be seen below and the Competition results may be viewed on the Competition web page via the link here.
During the evening the CL4 lathe was pressed into service with members demonstrating and discussing various tool techniques.
Our Chairman, Mike also reminded all members that the club was staging an Exhibition at Newtown Town Hall between the 9th and 27th June. There were “sign-up sheets” for displaying work and for demonstrating on the Sundays of the Exhibition. Any member still wishing to do so should contact Mike or any Committee member.
The photos below give a flavour of our evening. To see a larger image, just click on any of the small pictures.
Many thanks to our Judge for the evening, Colin Marsh, for undertaking a difficult task and for giving us his thoughts on the design aspects of all the entries.
Now Don’t Forget
Next Club Meeting 11th June
Will be a visit to Glory Art Glass where Martyn Evans will be giving
us a talk on glass design and demonstrating glass blowing.
Meet at - 22 Melville Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8HX
For a 7.30 start
Location Map is here.
Peter Smart - 25th May 2013