As usual we had a very full evening.
David Woodward kicked off the evening by giving us one of his usual expert demonstrations of bowl turning, making it look so easy. First the piece of Tulip Poplar was fixed to a faceplate to enable the bottom of the bowl to be turned, together with an appropriate recess for use when turning the inside. David used his usual technique of shear scraping the outside once the shape had been established, thus after this stage only a small amount of sanding was needed to obtain the final surface finish. David then used pain ordinary sunflower oil to treat the bottom. David then remounted the bowl using the recess to complete turning and finishing of the inside.
After the bowl turning demo Roger gave out the results from the March competition, we were very heartened with the number of entries this month especially in the beginners section. Lets hope that
we have an equally large number of entrants to the bowl competition in September. Full results for the goblet competition can be found here, also Roger singled out beginner Peter Smart for special mention on the skill he had shown in making his very impressive goblet, seen below.
Next came the show and tell table, which this month was populated with several "thin stemmed goblets" which their maker had obviously felt weren't good enough for the competition table or were failed practice pieces. Derek also brought a long stem a goblet which wouldn't have been eligible for the competition as although the stem was fairly thin it was also twisted as it had been made using offset turning, which was the subject of the May competition. Derek also described, with the aid of photos, the thickness he'd made to fit on his lathe and thus making the job of flattening his segmented rings much easier. Several members expressed interest in this sander, pictures below:-
For those who are interested in making something similar Derek's sander is closely based on the one described here.
Bill completed the show and tell table by describing how he made some of his impressive veneered shallow dishes with the aid of home made compression jigs. Bill had
also brought in examples of his doughnut bowls which had so impressed Georgia the Quay Arts exhibition organiser, he also explained the process he use to turn them.
Roger completed the evening by running a Power Point talk on aspects of bowl design. It would appear that the definition of a bowl is very wide indeed judging by the
content of his talk. Lets hope David's demonstration and Roger's talk inspire some excellent entries in the September competition and the Quay Arts exhibition.