Wight Woodturners


Mid-Summer Club Meetings – June & July 2015

Barbeque and Competition Time

Summer is often a busy time for most people no less so for the Wight Woodturners. The June meeting with a Family Barbeque and display of members work was a new venture for us in our new home. Thanks to good weather and much hard work from our valiant cooks Andy and Gareth, together their helpers, the evening was enjoyed by all and was a great success. Well done Andy and Gareth.

The July meeting included the third of our four Competitions for 2015 and attracted a dozen entries, all of a high standard. Our ever popular Show-and-Tell, two auctions and drinking tea kept us so busy over the evening we didn’t even have time to get the lathes out to do some turning!

To see the results of the Competition with pictures of the winners follow this link HERE, and the Yearly Summary of Points scored HERE.

A few photos below capture the events of the two mid-summer evenings.

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




The family BBQ was an opportunity to catch up with friends and family as well as chance to show off our prized turnings.

Here’s Vernon checking up on the “lad” to make sure all is up to standard!

The varied display of members work prompted much discussion and admiration from our guests.




On this table was a preview of the timber in our first “blind auction” due to take place in July. Perhaps Paul would like to bag that bit but can he afford it?

Thanks to a beautifully warm summer evening we were able to BBQ outside.

Although some were happy to chat and eat indoors.




We had a bumper Raffle which was appreciated by our guests

No, no, this wasn’t a barn dance to finish off with just Ron and Paul taking the stage with the raffle.
A barn dance, now that’s an idea!

Now we time travel forward to the July meeting which Mike opens with appropriate decorum, as always.




Straight into the Show-and-Tell where Tony delights us with his collection of recently turned boxes.

Several were made from bowling woods

Next Tommy shows off a quick release vice with double acting jaws for drilling pen blanks. Once the vice is correctly centred under the pillar drill you can quickly drill blanks without even marking the centre of the wood. 

Peter brought along a couple of homemade jigs. On the left is an internal expanding collet chuck used to hold the body of a pepper mill and right is a threaded arbour to fit on the HS spindle to sand the base of boxes.




Here’s Mike and Tommy desperately trying to auction off tools kindly donated by a member. Wallets seemed chained up tonight!

Of course it was also Competition night! This time for a pair of turned items. All our competitions are judged by members and it’s a serious and often difficult task.

This table shows the high level of skill in the Experienced Class. As you can see not all the entries are wood!




The results of the Blind Auction for timber are announced and here’s June making off with her winning bids as booty.

Here Bill explains how to spin thin pewter bowls on a wood turning lathe by forming them over a bowl shaped former held in the head stock.

A modified tool rest is used which has pivot pins to act as fulcrum against which a swaging tool is used to “push” the malleable metal over the former.



Just a couple of resources to follow up for the July meeting:-

            * Tommy’s pen turning kit is obtained from an Australian online outlet called

            * The Pen Blank Drilling Centre Vice details can be found here

            * Details of Headstock Taps can be found here or here for example, but you might need a mortgage!

                        * The 50mm foam backed sanding disc is “Grip-a-disc” and they do last a long time. See here & here
                        * If you fancy some metal spinning see here for a start

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


Next Month

Don’t miss our August meeting when the highlights will be:-

            * Show-and-Tell

            * End grain turning Demos

            * Distribution of UFOs for the October Competition

            * Collection of Items for the Woolverton Show
            This is now our only regular annual show to promote our Club. To raise the public interest in wood turning
             and support our nominated charity, EMH, we desperately need a quantity of small turned items to sell at the
             show. As you will have seen in Turning Points, Mike has encouraged us to each to turn 5 items and bring
             them along to the August meeting ready for sale at the Show on 5th & 6th September. Items may include
             carrier bag handles, light pulls, mushrooms and small change pots of about 3" diameter.
             Let’s have a bumper crop!


Thanks to all our members who contributed in any way and made our summer evenings a success.

Peter Smart

26th  July 2015

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