Wight Woodturners

Club Meeting - Thursday 23rd April 2015

A  “Surprise Ad-Hoc”  Evening

Once a year Wight Woodturners invite a guest speaker to talk to members on a wood related subject.  This year we were billed to have Chris Adams of Lander and May to enlighten us on the manufacture of handmade reproduction globes.  Unfortunately, at the very last minute Mr Adams had to cancel so Wight Woodturners had to improvise.  Actually, wood turners are quite good at improvising as unexpected events often happen whilst turning!

So, Mike was able to tell us in detail about next month’s meeting and our June Barbeque, we had a truncated, but still interesting, Show-and Tell, Roy devised some additional lighting for demonstrations, Mike turned some mallet heads for the Scouts, several members brushed up their turning techniques on the lathe and many just enjoyed each other’s company over a cup of tea.

A few pictures below capture pleasant and enjoyable evening.

Just click on any of the small images to bring up the bigger picture.

Mike opens the meeting reminding us about next month’s competition and giving us details of the June Family Barbeque and display of work.

At our May meeting, to raise money for club funds, we will be auctioning off unfinished pieces of work by the professional demonstrators who have visited us in the past. So if you want a “collectable” bring along your wallet. (Cheques also accepted!)

In the Show-and-tell Alan describes how he constructed a drying kiln to bring down the moisture content of wood before turning. This used a simple 60 watt light bulb attached to a temperature control. See Alan for details.

Here Andy shows off a spectacular spalted ash bowl and two smaller thin walled spalted bowls 

The way the spalting has developed around the growth rings and also along the radial rays to give a chequer board pattern is most unusual.

Members closely inspect the auction items hoping to find a signature piece. There is work form Mark Sanger, Gary Renouf, Mark Baker, Stuart Mortimer to name just a few

Meanwhile Mike was beavering away in the Beavers Corner making mallet heads

June was having a little help on techniques from long term member Clive.

Some were enjoying the contents of our Library.

And some were just enjoying a chat.

Roy was masterminding his team on devising additional lighting for lathe work. As the old Chinese saying goes “Many hands make light work”

And it does!


Thanks to all our members who made our “Surprise Ad-Hoc” evening a success.

Should anyone wish to know all about Lander and May globe makers try this link HERE


A Footnote on the Yandles Spring Show

This is a unique Woodworking Show staged at a family run sawmill in Somerset.  Judging by the good number of Wight Woodturners in attendance we could almost have a separate Yandles Show report!  With perfect weather all seemed to enjoy their day out with the wealth of attractions and bargains to be had. Here are two of our members making off to the carpark with their booty!

If you want to know about the Yandles Show try this link HERE


Please note that the above links to external websites are valid at the time of writing but may well change or disappear in the course of time

Peter Smart

28th April 2015

Don’t forget!

Next Evening Meeting 28th May

Carving on Turning Competition

“Collectables” Auction

Plus all the usual events