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Members Show and Tell  

 This is a new page during the current lock-down to enable members to show some of thier recent work.

I have rejigged the page so it shows the latest entries first. 

Another entry from Terry 

Picture of canon I made 18 months ago when Colwyn Way did this for woodturning magazine which he is in process of doing on Axminster turning at home




Terry is now working on Christmas. Stands 18" high, not much turning only on the neck.





Terry hooper has been busy turning a miniature lathe, so far a prototype using off cuts before using decorative wood




He had to make a miniature skew as well from an OBO nail and Oak






Ray Thompson has been busy with some segmented work, see below for his explanation.


 Ray_T 18  Ray_T 19  Ray_T 20  




Ray_T 21  Ray_T 22



A while ago I bought a big bag of hardwood offcuts from a cabinet maker. There were a few good pieces but also lots of pieces about 25 x 20mm of various lengths, mostly oak, beech and some mahogany. The thing is, what to do with all these pieces? I then saw on U tube people making segmented bowls out of similar pieces of wood so I thought I would have a go. I've since made a sled for my table saw to cut the segments, this then also entailed cutting accurate wedges to set the sled. So far I've made 5 fairly accurate wedgies for 6, 8, 12, 16 and 18 segment circles. In order to get the angles accurate, I cut the number of segments for a circle and loosely put them together with an elastic band around the outside then held the ring up to the light and look for the gaps. I then had to adjust the wedge until the gaps were as small as I could get them.


I didn't throw away the segments I had cut even if they didn't fit that well as an alternative way of making the circles is to glue only semi-circles then sand the ends and then join the two halves together.


The attached photos are items made with the experimental segments. The last bowl is made using a 12 segment wedge.




Martin has been busy again with another hollow form.

 Laburnum with a Beech finial. The base is approx 4.5cm high and the overall height is 12cm.


Martin_10   Martin_11




Entries  have been a bit quiet lately so I have added some of my own. 


Colin 02  Colin 03  

              Olive bud vase with plastic test tube insert                                                                       Olive vase with part natural edge


Colin 04

Spalted Silver Birch 'Banana' bowl 




Tom Bradbury has been doing production work on curtain pole finials although did have to subcontract some of the carving work!!


Tom_01  Tom_02  Tom_03 


  Tom_06  Tom_07  Tom_08


The spindle was for an Antique dealer in Brighton to replace a damage component as was the pawn which is alongside an original from a Jacques chess set.

The most difficult part of the pawn was hollowing the base to insert a tapered lead weight.


 Tom_04  Tom_05





Another clever piece from Gary

Laburnum base and finial, cherry globe.





Martin has been trying new things again!

A couple of photos of my first hollow form. One is to show it is actually hollow.The total height is about 5.5 inches or 14 cms


Martin_08  Martin_09




Rob Hudson has been going round the twist!

Rob H_01 



Terry Hooper has been busy again


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                                                 Some Mice                                                                                                 And 'Firy' Hedgehogs


Terry_10      Terry_11  

                                                 A Hollow Ply Ball                                                                           A Singapore Ball (I'll never do another one!)





 Impossible engineering?



Some more from Ian

Two simple bowls, one from some kind of Australian burr and the other from what I thought was an Elm or similar burr/part bark covered lump.
Both are offcuts/scrap but large enough to become something. The elm (or whatever it is) produced a bowl but due to the bark profile the bottom is rather thick but it is functional with an insert to cover the chucking point. The Australian one had to much of a waney area so turned as an 'arty farty' piece with no function. Even if I say it myself both fairly attractive but the later is best! 


Ian_06  Ian_07 



Another from Martin 

A Sycamore bowl with texturing

Martin_06   Martin_07




 New member Richard Harris has been turning some Key Rings


Richard H_01  Richard H_02  

Richard H_03

Richard H_04  


Some more from Ray Thompson

A pair of oil lamps, a pyramid puzzle, and a pen press.
The toggle clamp for the pen press I bought on eBay for £8.70, I had a piece of angle iron and also some M12 studding. 
I'm currently making a wedgie sledge for accurately cutting the segments for making segmented bowls.


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Ray_T 15  


Ray_T 16  Ray_T 17


Another from Sam Crick 

Yew and resin diy blank turned into a wine stopper. Sanded to 2000g then hit with Yorkshire Grit Microfine and diy friction polish. 




 Some Lace Bobbins from Martin

Now up to 4. I've only lost 2 so far. The 2 on the right are London Plane, the next one is Box, the left hand one is Ash I think.


 Martin_04      Martin_05


Some from Gary on a different tune! 

No Woodturning here but a little recent project.

Two CBG's ( cigar box guitars) I couldn't source any cigar boxes so made them as well. One is fretted and one fret less. Both with electric pickups. 

  Gary_06          Gary_07



Some from our chairman:

The bird boxs and hanging table do include some turning the gate does not. All made from scrap wood with the gate from old decking boards put through the thicknesser and yes I had to re sharpen the knives. The bird box lids from recyled floor joists. The only bought in timber is the feather edge boarding for the bird table roof which I happened to have left over from another project.  


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   A Bowl of fruit and a Cypressus bowl from Martin


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 Some from Terry Hooper


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            Terry_04  Terry_05  Terry_06



Another clever one from Gary 


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 Ray Thompson has been busy again!

I have been busy making a few more pens and earrings. I’ve also made a stand for the earrings based on a design from Keith Rowley’s book of woodturning projects. Going on from there I made a stand for rings and also a stand for pens. To make the earring stand I first had to make a drill jig for the holes.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drilling Jig

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    Ray_T 11  Ray_T 12


Another one from our Chairman, Ian.  

An Easter gift: Egg is corian (two pieces expoxy resined together), egg cup wood unknown but courtesy Mike Heseltine, plate/platter Walnut.





One from Martin - First attempt at an apple




Some from Peter Kelly

The two small turnings are from wet Apple, and while they have been drying out they moved and warped. Adds to the character. and a Bowl 


Peter K_1               Peter K_2


Peter K_3




From Andy Heath. Set of six nearly (his words) matching candlesticks for the local parish church.




One from our Chairman, Ian.  Banksica nut mushrooms on stems of differing woods. As yet with no finish





Something completely different, and not turned, Greenwood Carved Spoons by Mark Hill


 Mark_1  Mark_2


 An interesting Tea Light Holder using Resin Cast Pencils from Sam Crick (see Sam's notes and video below)

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  • Collect coloured pencils (surprising how many you actually need) - I think that the hexagon shapes work best for this.
  • Find a suitable plastic container (something disposable) to cast in and cut pencils to length.
  • Arrange pencils in said container, and try to get a uniform tessellation (very fiddly and time consuming), leave a couple of pencils out so that the pattern is slightly loose allowing resin to get in between. 
  • Mix and pour two part epoxy casting resin (there are loads out there at varying prices, mine was a cheap one off ebay and was actually out of date by the time I used it but it worked just fine) Always mix the resin longer than you think you need to and then do the same again!
  • Pour the resin into the mould, from height in a thin stream to avoid air bubbles, then agitate until it fills the mould. 
  • Weight down and leave 24hrs to cure - I ended up leaving 48hrs as I was busy with actual work. 
  • I tried to de-mould by whacking it with a rubber mallet but it wasn't having any of it so I had to cut it off with a bandsaw.
  • Sand top and bottom to flat and so that you are down to solid resin/pencils with no air gaps. (I had quite a big gap between where the resin ended and the top of the pencils so I cut off about 5mm before taking it to the sander. 
  • Turn - Apparently carbide tools are best for resin, I stuck with carbide as there were no elements of this shape so complicated or fiddly that they requires fine gouge work.

My description might make more sense with the video. https://youtu.be/oGIaNt5ySmA


Some from Stewart Furini showing not everything he does is coloured!   For more of his work see http://www.stewartfuriniwoodturning.co.uk/


Stewart 1  Stewart Colour WIP_1


 Some from Gary Parkinson


Gary_1    Gary_2 

Some things don't always work first time! 






 Some work from Ray Thompson.

Ray T 04_1Ray T 01_1  

 Ray T 02_1   Ray T 03_1



I will start things off with a Holm (Ilex) Oak bowl that has some radial heart shakes and has been in my garage for some time waiting inspiration.

Filling the shakes with slivers of wood did not seem to work so I decided to make a feature of them and fill them with black Milliput.  Colin Willetts.

Colin 1