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.
The plan is to turn a fairly basic bowl and box showing what is generally considered the prefered method. However as ever with BWA Workshops, if you have something in particular you want to try out or get some help with we will see what we can do.
The workshop will be held in Rob Legge's workshop in deepest, darkest Eversley starting around 10.00 and finish around 16.00. Tea and coffee and probably some cake will be provided, but bring your own lunch.
The planned dates for further workshops are 16 September and 14 October. The topics for these workshops will be announced through the website and newsletter closer to the date. If you have any suggestions for topics let us know.
Unfortunately there is a little matter of the World Cup Final happening on that Sunday and many of us might want to see England win it. You should have received a email from David Blundell; if there are sufficient takers we will go ahead with the Workshop. So if you want to come along make sure you let Dave know
Our demonstrator will be Stewart Furini. One of the new breed of Internet turners, Stewart has a YouTube channel through which he shows how he works to create textured and coloured bowls
Stewarts work is a riot of colour and often with some extreme texturing. His video channel shows not only his successful pieces but also experimental pieces and it is not unusual for Stewart to remove the first attempt at a finish and do something completely different. It might be quite an interesting demo!!
To see some examples of Stewart's work see his website here
The competition theme is "A Turned Puzzle". Look out for some of David Springett's work - My apologies, I didn't manage to get a newsletter out in June
Our demonstrator for the August Club Night will be Jason Smith. Jason has not previously been to BWA.
A member of the Register of Professional Woodturners since 2014, who was previously a pharmicist, he produces a wide variety of items using mainly local woods.
Operating out of his workshop in Kent he describes himself as "a wood artist using local wood, to produce unique, handmade art, and a select amount of functional craftwork". Have a look at Jason's work on his website here .
The competition theme is "A Honey Pot and Dipper". Look at Google for a number of pieces on the most efficient design for a Honey Dipper!
With the amount of wood Richard managed to sell to you we should have no problem filling the competition table over the next few months.
And we still have wood available that didn't make it to the auction, so expect to see odd bits of wood on club nights.
Richard managed to sell everything apart from one scraper which had been fashioned from an old metalworking file. And that was only not sold because it is considered dangerous as the steel used in making such files is a little brittle for use as a scrapper on the the larger bowls.
Organised by Terry Stephens, supported by David Blundell, Richard Maynard, Viv Mitchell, Peter Brooks and Colin Burge. They put on great show, demonstrating woodturning and promoting the club.
They also managed to sell quite a lot of turned items over the two days.
At the show we received an offer of some Popular wood for turning. If you have any interest in collecting this please let David Blundell know.
Well it happened and it was good, though the numbers were down on last year probably because of the recent Maker's Central show.
The drive behind the event is Martin Saban Smith. And this year Martin seemed to be left organising the event on his own. There were a number of problems Martin faced in the week or so before the event, the main one being that Martin was let down by the chap organising the audio visual system.
There were some old friends of BWA demonstrating; Les Thorne RPT; Ed Oliver RPT; Stewart Furini; Martin Saban-Smith. And Martin brought Jeff Hornung over from the USA specifically for the event.
Its a very 'social' event with lots of opportunities to chat with some of the new wave of Internet turners
There were also a number of Trade stands to browse around and spend money at.