Wight Woodturners

June Club Meeting

Thursday 22nd June 2017


Mike opened the meeting which was well attended. There were 13 names down for the potential Stiles & Bates trip next April. We need to know how many want to go so that we can plan the trip and book a coach. If you are not interested please tick the NO column.

Wolverton was coming up in September and Len had decided not to have his usual stall so if anyone would like to take it up please talk to him.

Enquiries would be made at Lovell’s for smocks. Last time they were £29 each. Green and beige are 60% cotton and Navy is 100% cotton.

Next month’s meeting will be the BBQ. It is 15 years since the Club was founded and there will be a photo display of the early years. If anyone has photos please bring them. There will also be a display of work with rosettes where applicable. There will be food, tea and coffee but if you want other refreshments please bring them along.

The main item of the evening was Derek’s talk on polychromatic turning. There would also be Show & Tell, John on computer, wood sales and the raffle.

Polychromatic Turning – An Illustrated Talk by Derek Atkins

Derek first saw segmented turning on a holiday a long time ago and later was inspired to try it. He had been doing it for 15 years now. His first attempt had been with floorboards using a bandsaw and hand sanding He then used Ply, Mahogany and Oak.

More recently he had made regular segmented bowls and used Google Sketch Up to plan them. He now used the bandsaw and homemade sanding sleds. He used Evostick weatherproof adhesive. This had. a 10 to 20 second grab time. The glued joints were stronger with the grain than on the end grain. Typically he would spend 2-3 weeks on a bowl




Mike opens the meeting.

Are you seated comfortably....


…then I’ll begin.

End grain platter from pen blank scraps etc.



Segmented bowl with ring

A more ambitious pattern.



Bowl with different colours and patterns.

Vertically built up patterns with two woods.



Another approach with different colours and end grain patterns.

Is this Derek’s entry to the next competition?



Or perhaps this?

Similar pieces but with a different effect.

Don’t look at this too long if you suffer from migraines.



An elevated bowl in two woods.

A simple square platter but made more interesting by the different woods.



A tale of two halves.

A colourful platter.



Derek never throws anything away. In his case those little scraps of wood really do come in useful.



Not one of Derek’s but turning glued up coloured pencils saves cutting all those hexagons.

Another pair of goblets.



Derek’s next bowl!

(With a little help from Tom Whalley perhaps. A similar bowl comprises 51 rings featuring 22 varieties of wood resulting in over 4,000 pieces of wood.



A simpler example.

There’s only just over 100 pieces in this one.




Mike thanked Derek for the talk and reminded everyone that the next competition is for an item made from three or more different timbers. These need not necessarily be glued up.


Derek has provided the following references should you wish to follow them up.


Dizzy bowl references

Candle sticks


Show & Tell.

Tony King had decorated the lid of his recent box with a series of interlocking rings .He described how these were produced using the Axminster offset chuck. He had brought a number of boxes to show and said he always put a lid on his turnings.

David Burden, being inspired by Roy’s box scraper, had splashed out 50p for a firmer edge chisel at a car boot sale. From this he had ground a box scraper which worker quite well but did not hold its edge too long. Bernie suggested a higher speed to improve finish. Peter Carver suggested a small rad for a better profile.

John Craig had recently acquired a Hope threading system. He showed a wooden boule he had made. This was made in two halves and threaded to fasten together.

Simon had brought in an Ash ring shake which resembled a dowel down the middle of the tree. David Woodward had come across a number during his career and suggested that they were caused by some sort of trauma during the development of the trunk. Chestnut was particularly prone.


Tony with a selection of his boxes explains the usage of the offset chuck.

Mike examines the Ash shake brought in by Simon.

David shows his latest extravagant purchase.

John was very happy with his Hope threading kit.






 Next Club Meeting   Thursday 27th July at 7:30pm   BBQ


David Burden

July 2017