At Berkshire Woodturners we invite professional woodturners to our club nights to show us the techniques, tools and processes they use to turn their work in the hope that some of their expertise will appeal to our members.
As well as the monthly demonstrations providing inspiration to our members, we encourage all our members of whatever turning standard to develop their turning skills through a regular monthly competition and bi-monthly turning workshops.
Berkshire Woodturners are very active in the local community delivering demonstrations at Craft Fairs and similar local events, We also hold free Taster Sessions so local non-turners can give woodturning a try without having to go to the expense of buying all of the necessary equipment.
This is your chance to increase your stocks of wood blanks for turning your next competition winning entry. Over the year various teams of BWA members would have been out and about collecting timber from the local area. The timber collected varies considerably, Cherry, Oak and Sycamore are quite prevalent, but we also get Walnut, Beech, Lime, etc, etc. The timber is generally 'green' and will have been processed into rough slabs for turning. The timber is considerably cheaper than you will find through any other means (unless you collect it yourself).
Also at the auction you will find various tools and machinery. These are generally second-hand items which have been upgraded by the present owner. Again much cheaper than can be found elsewhere and a small percentage of the ‘cost’ will be donated to the BWA funds. If you have any tools or machinery that you would like to sell at the auction bring it along on the night. Please have a reserve price in mind.
The theme for the BWA July Competition will be "A Toy"
The next BWA Workshop will take place on 2 July, once again kindly hosted by Rob legge in his Eversley Workshop. The exact programme is yet to be decided but is likely to include the processing and turning of 'green' wood. Let Keith Hufton know if you are interested in attending either as a participant or as a mentor.
Our demonstrator in July will be Ed Oliver from Oliver's Tools. As well as being an exceptional woodturning artist, Ed also runs a company that supplies woodturning tools, finishes and wood turning blanks.
The theme for the BWA July Competition will be "Stacked Boxes (a minimum of two)"
A great demonstration was provided by Mark Hancock. The banter was interesting- Mark has been turning a long time and clearly holds very traditional views and is fairly scathing about the recent advent of ‘specialist’ tools. He was also very forthright in his critique of the competition entries but the comments made were to show how the item could be improved and to identify the key areas both in turning technique, finishing and design.
Mark turned an extreme goblet with a very thin stem. Remarkably Mark did not support the goblet’s bowl while turning the stem. He also used his Roughing Gouge to turn the ultra-thin stem by using it as if it were a Skew Chisel. He then proceeded to make it much more ‘interesting’ by turning a captive ring and bending the stem. The captive ring was turned using a home-made tool formed by a bent nail mounted in a handle. The stem was bent by, first, scraping it to a ‘flat’ using a cabinet scraper, and then, bending it using a Luthiers bending iron.
A small team of BWA volunteers lead by Jack Johnson, who arranged the effort, attended a building site in the centre of Aldershot Military Town to cut up some felled trees. There were far more trees than the small team could manage but a significant amount of timber was harvested.
Then on the following day Rob Legge and keith Mosley finished processing the timber and sealed the end grain. The timber collected was a mixture of Lime, Silver Birch and Sycamore (we think or it might be beech). This is obviously very 'green' wood and is currently in billets which wil need further processing to turn them into 'blanks' suitable for turning. It is proposed that we cover timber processing at the BWA July Workshop.
Rob Legge produced two stand-out pieces to make a significant move up the standings by winning both categories in the beginners section. Other winners who impressed Mark Hancock, who judged the May Competition, were Colin Burge and Chris Cox in the Advanced Section and Peter Osborn in the Masters.
Note: Only those who have scored points are listed.