Wight Woodturners

January 2106 Meeting

Wight Woodturners got off to a flying start in 2016 with a bumper turnout for the first meeting of the year. The highlight of the evening was “Two Turners Turning” each making a Goblet of their own design. This is a new idea for us where others can just watch two members at work and see the different approaches and techniques used in making a similar piece.

Also this evening, our Webmaster John was available to give a teach-in on how to navigate the Wight Woodturners website. This site contains a wealth of information about the Club, our Programme of events with latest changes, latest news and much resource material. If you are reading this you will know all about that BUT do encourage other members to use our website and get the most from their membership.

A few photos below capture the events of our first 2016 meeting.

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



It was a busy start at our first meeting of the year with a gathering of 33 members & guests. With lots of different activities on the go we even forgot our usual Show-&-Tell! So, don’t forget and keep your items of interest for another time.


The highlights of the evening was two members each turning a goblet. Not a demonstration, no commentary, no teaching! - just a chance to see different techniques, tool control and method side by side. What did we learn?

June has chosen a piece of mild straight grained sycamore. Usually well behaved to turn and straight grained enough for a thin stem. No messing, straight into the end grain hollowing of the goblet with a gouge – no fancy carbide cutters!


Mike’s underway too with the end grain hollowing, however he has first defined the overall profile of his piece so we can see where he is heading. Both have started with the end grain hollowing which can only be done with the full support from the rest of the blank otherwise the piece will vibrate and the tool will chatter. Interestingly, both seem to work without a paper plan!



With the hollowing done, June has roughly shaped the overall profile before concentrating on the shape of the goblet bowl. Len casts a masterful eye and no doubt offers a helpful tip if required.

Profiling of the stem and base continues. If the stem was bit longer and thinner then maybe tailstock support would be needed to limit vibration. Is Mike having a bit of mechanical problems with the lathe?

Meanwhile, Webmaster John has our entire Wight Woodturners website on the Club PC and was willing to help any member to navigate around the website, help with any member’s computer problem or even have a cup of tea and a chat.


Here, some folk are ardently discussing recent turning projects or just perusing Woodturning magazines brought in by Roger

Now, here is a trio of fine Goblets for us all to aspire to! This magnificent work, all in yew, is by Peter C. one of our experienced and creative members.


Our “Two Turners Turning” certainly seems to generate quite a bit of interest among members and guests.


Mike is well under way, with stem and foot shaped then reverse chucked so the base of the foot can be cleaned up and sanded. Right, is June slimming down the stem and shaping the foot.



A nicely shaped bowl, just a bit of sanding and parting off and we’re nearly there. You can see the lightness of touch in the finishing tooling by the very fine curly shavings.


Mike’s made one and has now started on another! The wood is Iroko, the poor man’s teak! However, Mike says he did not find it a good turning wood; it was a bit soft and will not carry crisp detail.


Thanks to our “Two Turners” and all our members who contributed in any way and made our January evening a success.  And thanks to all members who promptly renewed their annual subscription – this certainly helps us to plan for the rest of the year. Printed Programme Cards for 2016 are available from Peter Smart.


Not many things to follow up this month


  • For some videos of goblet turning see here (I like the “golden mean callipers”!) or here   (if you like an English accent!) or even this one here

  • Should you ever need a few ideas for a goblet have a look here

  • A direct link to the Woodturners 2016 Programme on our website is 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.


Next Month

A change to our published Programme!

At our 25th February meeting we will welcome Chris Pouncy of Robert Sorby Tools who will demonstrate tools from the Sorby range. This will include the ProEdge sharpener together with various tools and techniques for using them on the lathe. Time permitting, there will be hollowing, sanding and decorating. It should be an informative evening.

Please Note that the Open Competition will now take place at our March meeting.

Peter Smart

3rd February 2016



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