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Professional Demonstration by Nick Agar - April 2011

This evening club members were treated to a somewhat different aspect of woodturning by visiting professional Nick Agar, most of the session was taken up by Nick showing how he goes about producing one of his offset turned wall sculptures.

Nick started his demonstration by emphasizing the safety considerations when turning square and offset mounted items. First stage was to mount the piece centrally and turn a hollow in the centre and concentric patterns round this. Here the central hollow is being undercut so it appears as a dark recess on the finished piece. Even more hollowing now with a hook tool.
The central area now being being patterned with a texturing and spiralling tool. By altering the presentation angle one can alter the pattern produced on the work item. Here Nick is explaining how he airbrushes the piece. First red spirit paint is applied.. followed by blue.
The central patterned area is now covered in lime wax... which is then wiped off leaving wax in just the recesses of the pattern. The piece has now been remounted slight off centre and rotated part of a turn from the initial mounting. Here Nick is explaining where he intends to make is next cuts and that because all the cuts produce V shaped recesses all intersections between recesses will be nice and clean.
The second set of V shaped groves are being cut. The piece has again been remounted, very much off centre this time, and a again rotated around the centre. Here we can see the final  set of V shaped groves. Next Nick sands the flats on the outer section of the piece back to bare wood.
Here an angle grinder is used to cut interesting grooves across the piece, After move grinding of grooves the piece is very nearly finished. The final stages involves Nick in air blowing various coloured paints on the sanded outer flats. The finished work certainly looks out of this world, with the light "star" like light areas being produced with the simple application of a counter sink bit!
The second part of Nick's demo was on the underside of a bowl. However because of the fire detection system in the workshop Nick had to "simulate"with a felt marker the pattern he would normally produce with an angle grinder. More shorts cuts forced on Nick because the smoke detectors! Here the "cross" lines would normally have been produced with a pyrography pen but here the felt marker had to be used. Here Nick is patterning one of the segments with a home made impact tool. The area is then covered in black paint and then...
fingers are used to apply the copper version of "gold finger" which gives... a very interesting metallic effect to the treated segment. Next another segment is masked up and paint blown on to it. Letter and numbers are then embossed on to this area with punches applied with a smart blow from a hammer. The area is then covered in lime wax which is then rubbed off leaving...
the segment with the punched numbers & letters clearly highlighted by the retained wax. At the end of Nick's talk he produced a small tin from which he produced some very small and I DO mean VERY SMALL turned goblets. They can just about been seen here next to a 2p coin.    


Mike Graves rounded off a very enjoyable and unusual evening by thanking Nick and reminding members of the competition item for the next club meeting in May.

The club thanks Wightlink for sponsoring Nick's trip to the island to give this demonstration.