Wight Woodturners


October Club Meeting – Open competition


Thursday 26th October 2017


Mike, welcomed newcomers and reminded members that with the AGM in December, next month was the last opportunity to nominate members for the committee. Our 2018 programme was being finalised and would include a trip to Toolpost on April 25th. Members who are interested in a hands on day should add their names to the sign-up sheet. There will be demonstrations by Mark Sanger on 17th March and Mark Baker on 13th October. One of the 2018 competitions would involve turning Banksia Nuts and the Club had a supply at £3 each. (One per member.) The Garlic Farm selling exhibition will be repeated on 5th to 8th October. There is extra parking behind the existing car park but would members please keep the entrance to this area clear. Again thanks to Bill Claydon who had brought another batch of apples.

Our fourth and last competition of the year was held and as usual there was a wide variety of entries.


Open Competition

Pictures of each individual item are available on the October Competition file. The entries included the following.

Vic Cooke had turned a footed bowl in Macrocarpa whilst Ted Casson had made a furniture leg. Simon had produced an undercut bowl in Spalted Ash.

Bob Gawn had made a large laminated bowl. For this he had used his planer to prepare the segments.

Derek Toms bowl included inserts laminated between forms. He had hand fitted the centre and outside pieces which together with a turned circle in the middle gave an impression of an eye.


John Craig had produced a natural edged bowl.


David Ives had created a Christmas Pudding. The pudding itself was made from his gatepost. This was topped with custard in contrasting wood which could be lifted up to reveal a container which held a small bottle of rum!


Adrian Boyce had decided to go big with a 17 inch bowl. Alan Shorkey had made a tea light holder which featured carved and paragraphed patterns with a textured central section. June Shorkey had turned a vase in Spalted Hornbeam.


Finding inspiration in a Woodturning Magazine project by Jo Winter, David Burden had produced a suspended bowl in Beech with a Padauk lid.


Paul French had produced a large bowl in Coastal Redwood and Clive Barton had made a Goblet in 3 parts on the faceplate.


Roy Groves had produced a triangular box and Bill Claydon a bowl in Mulberry.


Peter Smart made his first outing using his ornamental turning gear. This was a box with patterned lid and detailing on the side. [the picture shows the effect but I’m not sure how he did it other than he spent a lot of time with a cutter, an x-y table and an indexing ring.


David Woodward turned a bowl from a River Fruited Malu Burr which was around 30 years old. It was very heavy and he said that this was the hardest wood he had cut.

Mike Graves was inspired by the work of Melvyn Firmager to produce a vessel with two thin collars. This was turned from green Ash and the objective was to get the collars to move which they eventually had.


The photos below show general shots of the entries. For detailed pictures of each entry see the competition results.


Beginners? table.

Experienced members’ entries

Improvers’ entries

Experienced members’ entries from the other end of the table..


Following the competition there was our tea/coffee and biscuits with plenty of further discussion on how the entries were made and a general chat and catch up between members.




David Burden

Nov  2017