Wight Woodturners

November Club Meeting

 Thursday 24th November 2016

Competition using an eight inch square of Beech kitchen worktop


The November meeting was very well attended attracting thirty-nine members and a guest.


Mike opened the meeting which would include lathes out for producing Christmas decorations for Brighstone and snowmen for kids at Carisbrooke to decorate. A pyrographed plaque had been requested for the ‘Tony Packer Room’. The mentoring session had been a success and some further sessions are being planned for Saturdays in 2017. John Craig volunteered to take down the Christmas tree on 12th December. The competition would be judged by members and there would be the usual show and tell, sale of wood and raffle. Bill Claydon had brought lots of apples for any member wanting them.


Show and tell: John Craig described how he overcame a wormy bit of Cherry using Milliput.


David Burden drew attention to the Les Thorne DVD now in the library and also, having been inspired by Peter Smart’s involuted turnings, described a simpler method he had tried using planed 20mm square section wood.


June had made a nutcracker from Oak and Apple which would tackle anything except Brazils and also a Mark II angel, bells, a snowman, a Father Christmas and a tree.


Andy Fortune had brought back a “Wizardry in Wood” brochure which he would leave in the library. 


Competition: Any piece made from an eight inch square of Beech block kitchen worktop supplied by the club. The competition was well supported by members with a total of twenty-three entries. There was a wide variety of entries from a candle holder , picture frame and a bowl with decorative rim where the Beech had been turned as issued to a very effective piece from end grain squares and a paint brush pot made from segments and spindles where the supplied squares had been cut into many pieces.


Of the twelve entries in the beginners section John Craig’s striking ‘triangular’ bowl was judged the winner. Adrian Boyce was second with a vase with contrasting inserts and Simon Broadhead came third with a fine box.


Of the five improvers, Tony King’s pot came first with a ‘tree’ of bird houses by Paul French second and Arthur Cuthbert’s candle holder third.


There were six entries from the experienced members. Peter Smart took first place with his spindled and segmented paint brush pot. Mike Graves was second with an elaborate candle-stick with ‘stalactite and stalagmite’ finial inserts and Roy Groves was third with his clock.


The standard of entries was considered very high and congratulations are due to all entrants. Some general photos follow but see the competition report for more detailed coverage.





Members judging at the beginners table.

Another view of beginners’ entries.



The Improvers entries. A much better shot of Paul’s bird houses on the competition report

Judges admire the entries from the Experienced members. Again better views on the competition report



Len tackles a piece of Mahogany.

While Paul gets to grips with some Macracarpa.



Bernie deep in concentration.

Mike and Ron discuss presentation of the roughing gouge.



A selection of Oak Cedar Padauk and Burbinga for sale.

June and David at show and tell.


Thanks to Tommy Ford and Simon Boyle for their stint on the tea rota.


- ooOOoo

St Thomas of Canterbury Christmas Fayre    Saturday 3rd December 2016 Carisbrooke High St


Brighstone Christmas-Tree Festival.     Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th at various locations around Brighstone WWT in the Reading Room on the main road.

 Our next club meeting is on Thursday December 22nd

This will include the AGM and Christmas Raffle

 David Burden

Novembrrrr 2016