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.
At the Surrey Woodturners Association Annual General Meeting on January 11th, Stephen Evans cleaned up the trophies awarded for the SAW Table Top Competition at their October Open Day
As well as winning most of the prizes at the SAW "Novice" level (part way between BWA's Beginners and Advanced categories) in both the Mainly Spindle and Mainly Faceplate categories, Stephen also won the Vice President's Trophy.
BWA were offered a huge Oak bough which had fallen off an large Oak tree at a house on Esher Common.
A team of BWA wood collectors made a small dent in collecting the wood in the lead up to Christmas. Now we need to go and finish the job.
No date fixed yet but likely to be a Friday in February. if you can spare some time to help out please let Shirley Hays know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first of three BWA Drop-In Sessions. In the first part of the evening the plan is to have a session on ‘Design in Woodturning’. To start, Roger Phebey will talk about what ‘Design’ means and how it might be applied to wood turning projects. Keith Mosley will then introduce some of the basic design principles we might use when turning. We will then look at some examples which we can pull apart in design terms.
Following a coffee break the BWA lathes will be available and we will have a Robert Sorby Pro-Edge sharpener on hand.
The two other Drop-In Sessions will be on 6th March and 3th April when we will be looking at Captive Ring Turning and Off Centre Turning. For all three session we will have the BWA lathes and some form of sharpening capability available.
Chris Pouncy will be our demonstrator.
Chris is Robert Sorby’s Sales Manager for The UK and the Southern Hemisphere. Chris started out as a hobby woodturner before joining Robert Sorby. So as well as selling woodturning tools, Chris is also a highly regarded woodturner. He will demonstrate new and existing Robert Sorby tools this will include the Pro-Edge Sharpening system
Chris will bring along some Robert Sorby tools to sell, but because of space constraints he cannot bring along the complete range of Sorby tools, so if you want something particular please let Chris know by email: email@example.com.
As is traditional the March Club night is an open Night.
The plan is to focus on the sorts of items that can be sold at Craft Fairs, including the Christmas Fairs. If you have good ideas for items or something you would like to look at, let us know.
We will try and get a guest who is an experienced at producing items for craft fairs to come along and tell us what he sells, where and why.
We will have the BWA lathe there so people can have a go at turning some of the items displayed.
Terry Smart from Chestnut Finishes came along and to show us how we might improve our finishing.
Finishing is clearly one of the key skills in creating beautiful turned products. Using the right finish on a piece of wood will enhance the item.
There was not much 'turning' going on but Terry not only showed us how to use some of the Chestnut Finishes but also explained in some detail how each finish was made and why it should (or shouldn't) be used in certain circumstances.
The Chestnut Finishing website is worth checking out as it has lots of interesting hints and guidance.
Terry brought along a ‘pop-up shop’ which proved very popular at the break.
Many thanks to Terry Smart for standing in at such short notice, and to Roger Phebey for arranging it.
During the break we presented the 2018 BWA trophies to the deserving winners. You can see pictures of the prize winners on the competitions page here.