Wight Woodturners

Member’s Day

Saturday 17th March 2018

A members’ day was arranged at short notice as our professional demonstrator was unable to attend. David Woodward and Mike Groves put on demonstrations which were enjoyed by thirty or so including some visitors.


Turning Fruit:

David demonstrated his method of turning fruit. He mounts a drilled blank on a screw chuck, turns one half and then reverses it to turn the rest. (Use a coarse threaded screw if you make your own screw chuck!). The blank is drilled to accept the screw before starting.


Mounting between centres.


Sanding the finished shape at the bottom of the fruit..

Reversed on the screw chuck.

Applying some sunflower seed oil.

Mike helps attach a cut twig in the top. David would normally fit a clove in the bottom.

The scouts examine the finished article.

David starts on an apple.

Finishing one end.

Applying more sunflower seed oil.

Finalising the shape.

A touch round the end.

More sunflower seed oil.

The finished articles.

Appreciated by the audience.

A finial pot: 

Mike took over the lathe and showed us how to make a finial pot. 



“One I did earlier”

Mount the blank between centres..

Shape with the spindle gouge.

Mounted on a spigot to be able to detail the finial.

Out with the skew. Working from the top towards the lid.

Further fine detail.

Finishing the lid

Almost finished the lid.

The lid parted off.

Note the witness mark on the base.

The base hollowed and finished inside.

More work with the skew.

The base nearly finished.

Mike casts a critical eye over his finished pot..

A two part hollowed vase: 


David was back at the lathe to demonstrate a two part vase.  


Two examples

Select a blank and turn to a cylinder.

The top is shaped…

..and then the rest.

Once the outside is shaped the vase is parted off at the shoulder and hollowing of top and bottom separately begins. Initially a hole is bored to depth with the spindle gouge.

Once the depth is obtained the hollowing out can proceed.

Nearly done.

Now for the other half.

A similar process is followed.

Using the spindle gouge again.

Nearly finished.

The two halves completed. These will now be glued back together using superglue (mind your fingers). By turning each half separately it is much quicker and easier than trying to hollow the whole vase through a small hole in the top. A groove or grooves disguise the joint.

Tidying up the outside.

Finally some more sunflower seed oil.


We then enjoyed the opportunity to chat further over lunch. Our thanks to our demonstrators and to Ruth for rearranging the lunches. This was a very successful meeting which we may repeat next year.





David Burden

May 2018