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29th December 2015. Club Competition Categories for the January 2016 meeting
A reminder that the categories for the club competition on the 18th January 2016 are for the Beginners Category: a goblet; for the Intermediate & Advanced Categories: any subject


29th December 2015. Overall (2015) Competition Winners
   Beginner: George Irvine
   Intermediate: Stephen Gaffney
   Advanced: Ray Midgeley

The presentation of the competition trophies will be made at the next club meeting on the 18th January 2016.


22nd December 2015. The Calendar of events for 2016 is now available as a pdf and can be viewed by clicking HERE.


22nd December 2015. The minutes of the 2015 AGM are now available and can be viewed by clicking HERE.


21st December 2015. Club Competition Results
The subject for the competition on the 21st December were Christmas Decorations (All Categories). There were four Beginners Category entries, two for the Intermediate Category and no entries for the Advanced Category. 

Club Competition Results, December 2015 December 2015, Club Competition entries.

The beginner's category had four entries, pictured here. The winner was David Palmer.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, December 2015 December 2015, Club Competition entries.

This is one of two entries for the Intermediate Category. The winning entry (shown here) was by Sandra Fleming.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, December 2015 December 2015, Club Competition entries.

This is the second of the two entries for the Intermediate Category.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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21st December 2015. Demonstration by Mick Hanbury
Mick showed us how to turn a goblet with a very thin wall, demonstrating the thinness of the wood by gently squeezing the goblet in his hand. He finished the goblet by applying some Jo Sonja's Acrylic Paint.

Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015 Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015

Mick using a hollowing tool on the wood, he looks as though he is not watching what he is doing but actually he is listening to the sound of the tool cutting wood.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015 Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015

Here Mick is using a LED light to gauge the thickness of the goblet wall. The hall lights were dimmed to enable the light to be clearly seen by Mick, shining with an orange hue through the wood of the goblet side.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015 Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015

This is a photograph of the goblet taken at break time. Mick has almost finished the bowl of the goblet, he has the stem still to cut.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015 Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015

Mick with a streamer of shavings, as he turns waste wood from the stem part of the goblet.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015 Demonstration by Mick Hanbury, 21st December 2015

This last photo shows the goblet in a finished condition after the application of Jo Sonja's Acrylic Paint.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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27th November 2015. The Calendar of events for 2016 is now available and can be viewed by clicking HERE.


27th November 2015. The minutes of the 2015 AGM arew now available and can be viewed by clicking HERE.


23rd November 2015. Change of date for the Demonstration by Mick Hanbury in December
Please note that this will take place on the 21st December and NOT as originally advertised on the 15th December.


23rd November 2015. Club Competition Categories for the December meeting
A reminder that the categories for the club competition on the 21st December are Christmas Decorations (All categories; beginners, intermediate & advanced). 


16th November 2015. Club Competition Results
The categories for the competition on the 16th November were for the Beginners Category: a trinket box; for the Intermediate Category: a fruit; and for the Advanced Category: a cup and saucer

Club Competition Results, November 2015 November 2015, Club Competition winning entries.

The beginner's category was for a Trinket Box and the winning entry (pictured) was by George Irvine.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, November 2015 November 2015, Club Competition winning entries.

The intermediate category was for a Fruit turning and the winning entry (pictured) was by Chris Kelly. Brian Hedley came 2nd.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, November 2015 November 2015, Club Competition winning entries.

The advanced category was for a Cup & Saucer and the winning entry (pictured) was by Ray Midgeley. Jim French came 2nd.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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26th October 2015. Club Competition Categories for the November meeting
A reminder that the categories for the club competition on the 16th November are for the Beginners Category: a trinket box; for the Intermediate Category: a fruit; and for the Advanced Category: a cup and saucer


26th October 2015
Five Turnings chosen for the Brampton Inter-club Woodturning Competition 2015
This competition was hosted by the Borders Woodturning Club on Sunday 25th October at Brampton (Cumbria). The five pieces representing the entries from the Wear Valley Woodturners are shown below. Many thanks to club member Keith Phillips for the photographs.

Cumbria Woodturners were awarded 1st place, Wear Valley Woodturners, 2nd place with Northumbrian Woodturners in 3rd place. There were a total of seven clubs overall who entered the competition.

Turnings entered for the Borders Interclub October 2015 Competition Borders 2015 Inter-club Competition entries

Spherical form Starburst entered by Richard Moran.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Turnings entered for the Borders Interclub October 2015 Competition Borders 2015 Inter-club Competition entries

Painted rippled sycamore platter entered by Jim French.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Turnings entered for the Borders Interclub October 2015 Competition Borders 2015 Inter-club Competition entries

Clock entered by Ray Midgeley.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Turnings entered for the Borders Interclub October 2015 Competition Borders 2015 Inter-club Competition entries

Hollow form and stand entered by Basil Waugh.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Turnings entered for the Borders Interclub October 2015 Competition Borders 2015 Inter-club Competition entries

Burr bowl entered by Allan Joicey.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th October 2015. Club Competition Results
The categories for the competition on the 18th October were for the Beginners Category: a goblet; for the Intermediate Category: a 6 inch (150mm) diameter bowl; and for the Advanced Category: a stand..

Club Competition Results, October 2015 October 2015, Club Competition winning entries.

The beginner's category was for a goblet and the winning entry (pictured left) was by George Irvine. The intermediate category, for a 150mm bowl, was won by Chris Kelly (entry pictured centre). The advanced category was for a stand and the winning entry (pictured right), was by Ray Midgeley.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley
Richard is a professional turner and is comissioned to make a variety of different objects. He specializes in production turning making small runs of orders from companies who sell things such as walking sticks. Another interesting and challenging aspect of his work involves the restoration of a variety of objects. This aspect of woodturning was a major feature of his demonstration.

Richard began by turning a fluted chair leg which involved using a template or marking stick to enable marking out of the stock on the lathe so each leg is turned to the same dimensions. He also demonstrated a most useful jig supporting a router to enable him to do routing on the lathe.

He continued by turning a walking stick which had the problem of supporting the tool over the length of the work, which Richard solved by utilising a long 'home-made' wooden tool rest.

In the few minutes before lunch Richard made a whistle. It did make a 'whistle' too, after Richard did some tuning!

In the afternoon, Richard showed us how to turn an apple (This was very useful, as one of the categories for the club's November competition/display is for turned fruit). He then made a clock finial as a replacement for a lost original. Richard explained that one of the problems with restoration work is colour and polish matching.

Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Turning a chair leg.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Using a template (Marking Stick) to accurately check dimensions of the leg, mounted on the lathe.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Details of a wooden jig to enable accurate routing of the flutes on the chair leg whilst mounted on the lathe.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

The router jig in use enabling accurate routing of the flutes on the chair leg whilst mounted on the lathe.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Using an improvised long wooden tool rest to turn a long item (a walking stick). Note how thge rest is held in position at one end with the toolrest and at the other end, a 'G' cramp with some blocks of wood against the tailstock of the lathe.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Richard turning a clock finial.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

The completed clock finial.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

Richard turning a wooden apple.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015. Sunday Seminar by Richard Findley, 18th October 2015

The completed apple.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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29th September 2015. Club Competition Categories for the October meeting
A reminder that the categories for the club competition on the 18th October are for the Beginners Category: a goblet; for the Intermediate Category: a 6 inch (150mm) diameter bowl; and for the Advanced Category: a stand


29th September 2015. Club Competition Results
The categories for the competition on the 21st September were A Christmas Bell for the Beginners; A Candlestick or Candle Holder for the Intermediate turners, & Any Item incorporating pyrography or carving for the Advanced Turners.

Club Competition Results, September 2015 September 2015, Club Competition; Beginners Category Entries.

The beginner's category was for a Christmas bell decoration. The winner was David Birt. His turning is the bell on the right hand side of the photo.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, September 2015 September 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category winner.

The Intermediate category was a Candlestick or Candle Holder and was won by Steve Gaffney's entry shown here.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, September 2015 September 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category winner.

The Advanced category was for a turning which included pyrography and/or carving. It was won by Jim French who made the coffee pot entry shown here.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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21st September 2015. Demonstration by Steve Heeley
Steve showed us how to make a three-piece pedestal stand, suitable for a phone or to display ornaments. Steve said he turned the pieces together because it ensured a good join between them.

Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015 Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015

Turning the base of the stand. Steve put a bead on the top of the base.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015 Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015

The body and base of the stand, jam fitted together, being turned on the lathe.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015 Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015

The body and base being fitted and glued to the top piece.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015 Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015

Steve using a scraper to put a flat surface onto the pedestal top.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015 Demonstration by Steve Heeley, 21st September 2015

The completed stand, with a simple waxed polish on top of sanding sealer.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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24th August 2015. Club Competition Categories for the September meeting
A reminder that the categories for the club competition on the 21st September are A Christmas Bell for the Beginners; A Candlestick or Candle Holder for the Intermediate turners, & Any Item incorporating pyrography or carving for the Advanced Turners


17th August 2015. Club Competition Results
The categories for the competition on the 17th August were A Christmas Decoration for the Beginners; A Goblet for the Intermediate turners, & Something Coloured for the Advanced Turners.

Club Competition Results, August 2015 August 2015, Club Competition; Beginners Category Entries.

The beginner category was won by Christine Horner with a snowman tree decoration.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, August 2015 August 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category Entries.

The Intermediate Category winner was a goblet by Ray Pope.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, August 2015 August 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category Entries.

Runner up in the Intermediate Category was a goblet by Steve Gaffney.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, August 2015 August 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

Winner in the Advanced Category was a black rimmed bowl by Ray Midgeley.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club Competition Results, August 2015 August 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

Runner up in the Advanced Category was a decorated bowl by Jim French.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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17th August 2015. Demonstration by Margaret Garrard
Margaret showed us how to make two items; a hollowed vase, with a narrow neck, and a platter with an ogee shape (An ogee is a type of S - shaped curve consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite senses).  The vase was made by drilling the neck, then hollowing from the base and then re-attaching the base with the grain matching.

Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015 Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015

Margaret roughing out the blank in the first stage of making the vase.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015 Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015

Margaret used different tools to hollow. Here she is using a Big Brother to hollow out the vase.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015 Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015

Here Margaret is using a home made jig (made using a hosepipe jubilee clip) to hold the vase while she finishes it.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015 Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015

Close up view of Margaret's jubilee jig. It was suggested that the jig could be used for other items such as apples or pears.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015 Demonstration by Margaret Garrard, 17th August 2015

The last part of the demonstration was devoted to making a platter. In this photograph, Margaret is cutting the ogee curve on the base of the platter.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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28th July 2015. Club Competition Categories for the August meeting
A reminder that the categories for the competition on the 17th August are A Christmas Decoration for the Beginners; A Goblet for the Intermediate turners, & Something Coloured for the Advanced Turners.


20th July 2015. Club Competition Results
The categories for the competition on the 20th July were a Small Candlestick for the Beginners; a Spinning Top for the Intermediate turners, & an Open Spiral for the Advanced turners. Photographs of all entries are shown below.
NOTE that there were NO entries for the Beginners category.

Club competition Intermediate Category entries, July 2015 July 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category Entries.

There was a single entry of a spinning top by Stephen Gaffrey.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced Category entries, July 2015 July 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

There were two entries. In second place was Allan Joicey who had created an open spiral with a coin inset in the base.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced Category entries, July 2015 July 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

In first place was Basil Waugh. Basil had made a pierced, ebonised and gilded bowl with a spiral finial on the top.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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20th July 2015. Demonstration by Joe Laird
Joe showed us how to make two items. One was a winged bowl which could rest on the ends of the wings. The second item was a bowl with six sides. The method Joe used to make both bowls included interrupted turning and the use of a gouge with a long swept back grind. Joe kindly donated one of the bowls to be raffled at the Club's AGM in September.

Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

Joe making the shavings fly creating a six-sided bowl. The method Joe used to make both bowls included interrupted turning and the use of a gouge with a long swept back (celtic) grind.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

The completed six-sided bowl. Note that the bowl has no finish applied.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

Joe turning a winged bowl designed to be supported on the ends of the wings.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

Joe holding the winged bowl and talking about finishing. Note the Cole Jaws (specialised chuck jaws) on the lathe which Joe used for remounting the bowl for final turning.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

A closer view of the Cole (Chuck) Jaws which Joe used in completing the winged bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015 Demonstration by Joe Laird, 20th July 2015

The completed winged bowl. Note that the bowl has no finish applied.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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29th June 2015. Club Competition Categories for the July meeting
Just a reminder that the categories for the competition on the 20th July are a Small Candlestick for the Beginners; a Spinning Top for the Intermediate turners, & an Open Spiral for the Advanced turners.


15th June 2015. Club Competition
The challenges for the June competition were Bowls for the Beginners & the Intermediate turners, & a multi-media project (something made from more than one material), for the Advanced turners. Photographs of all entries are shown below.

Club competition Beginners Category entries, June 2015 June 2015, Club Competition; Beginners Category Entries.

First was Chris Kelly (bowl on the right), and Graham Bell (bowl on the left), was voted in second..

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Intermediate entries, June 2015 June 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category Entries.

First was Stephen Gaffney (bowl on the left), and Sandra Fleming (bowl on the right), was voted in second.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced entries, June 2015 June 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

The entry by Jim French (pictured), came third.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced entries, June 2015 June 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category Entries.

The winning entry, a box by Basil Waugh is pictured together with a pen (which came second), by Ray Midgley.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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15th June 2015. Demonstration by Simon Hope
Simon showed us three different projects, the first was a vase with a black wax stain and a textured surface. The second project was an off-centre candlestick, and the final project was a small box. Finally, by special request, he gave us a musical encore by playing a set of bagpipes for a minute or two! Simon makes bagpipes so this was a fitting finale to his demonstration!

Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015 Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015

Simon hollowing out the vase. He also demonstrated using a jig to facilitate the hollowing process (Jig not shown in this photograph).

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015 Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015

Simon turning an off-centre candlestick.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015 Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015

The completed vase and candlestick. Simon used some innovative tools and methods to make the vase which was decorated with a black wax stain and a textured surface. The sanding and spraying systems were techniques not seen before at the Club.  Although the candlestick looked difficult, Simon gave some tips which will be useful for this and other projects.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015 Demonstration by Simon Hope, 15th June 2015

Simon playing a set of bagpipes that he had made. This was an amazing musical finale to a most enjoyable and informative demonstration.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th May 2015. Club Competition
The challenges for the May competition were Anything for the Beginners, Hollow Forms for the Intermediate turners, & Platters for the Advanced turners. Photographs of all entries are shown below.

Club competition Beginners Category entries, May 2015 May 2015, Club Competition; Beginners Category Entries.

First was Graham Bell (the dark brown bowl on the left of the photograph). There were two turnings in joint second place made by Chris Andrews and George Irvin.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Intermediate Category "Hollow Form" entries, May 2015 May 2015, Club Competition; Intermediate Category “Hollow Form” Entries.
There were two entries, in first place was Stephen Gaffney (right in the photograph), with Sandra Fleming (left in the photograph), in second place.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced Category "Platter" entries, May 2015 May 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category “Platter” Entries.
Basil Waugh was awarded first place. Basil's platter (second from left) has a freehand (pyrographed) drawing of a kingfisher. Second was Jim French and third was Bill Mooney.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced Category "Platter" entries, May 2015 May 2015, Club Competition; Advanced Category “Platter” Entries.
Photograph showing the fifth entry of a platter in the Advanced Category.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th May 2015. Demonstration by Sue Harker
Sue showed us how to make a hollowed vase in two sections.

Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015 Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015

Sue is using a jig and the indexer on the lathe to drill holes accurately in the lower half of the vase which will later be filled with a mix of resin and gold glitter.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015 Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015

Photograph of Sue pouring the glitter and resin mix into the drilled holes.

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Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015 Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015

Sue hollowing out the inside of the vase.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015 Demonstration by Sue Harker, 18th May 2015

Sue finishing the delicate stem of the vase.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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20th April 2015. Club Competition
April's challenge was to make a goblet.There were no entries for the the Beginners category,three entries for the Intermediate section and three entries in the Advanced category. Photographs of all entries are shown below.

Club competition Intermediate Category entries, April 2015 April 2015, Club Competition, (A Goblet); Intermediate Category Entries.

Sandra Fleming got the most votes in this category. Sandra's goblet is in the centre of the picture. Steve Geoffrey was second and A. Chappel had the third highest number of votes.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition Advanced Category entries, April 2015 April 2015, Club Competition, (A Goblet); Advanced Category Entries.

The Banksia Nut goblet (right of photo), got most votes, and was made by Ray Midgely. Second was Allan Joicey with a Yew goblet (left of picture), whilst Basil Waugh was third (centre of picture) with a goblet featuring a captive ring.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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20th April 2015. Demonstration by David Lowe
David showed us how to make a lidded bowl.

David Lowe demonstration, April 2015 David Lowe Demonstration, 20th April 2015.

David hollowing out the main part of the lidded bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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David Lowe demonstration, April 2015 David Lowe Demonstration, 20th April 2015.

David using a Webrax Pad and paste wax to polish the bowl base. He said that by using Webrax/wax it polishes and sands at the same time, and thus helps keep dust to a minimum.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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David Lowe demonstration, April 2015 David Lowe Demonstration, 20th April 2015.

Picture of the completed lidded bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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18th March
Memers will be saddened by the news that John Heslop, a founding member of the WVWA and a very talented turner, passed away last week. John was a very hard working supporter of the Club and will be sorely missed.
All members of the Club wishing to pay their respects to John will be very welcome to attend the funeral which will take place at 10:15 on Monday the 23rd March at Wear Valley Crematorium (Coundon Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 8NR).
The Wake will take place at The Olive Grove (Half Moon Lane, Spennymoor DL16 6HQ)
No flowers please but donations to Crohn's and Colitis UK


16th March 2015. Club Competition
The competition for March was making a vase and there were some superb entries! There was one entry in the Beginners category, two entries for the Intermediate section and four entries in the Advanced category. Photographs of all entries are shown below.

Club competition entries, March 2015 March 2015, Club Competition, (Making a Vase); Beginners Category.

Chris Andrew's entry.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition entries, March 2015 March 2015, Club Competition, (Making a Vase); Intermediate Category.

The two entries in the Intermediate Category. Stephen Geoffrey was the winner in this section and also the overall winner of this months competition, with his vase receiving the most votes overall.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Club competition entries, March 2015 March 2015, Club Competition, (Making a Vase); Advanced Category.

The four entries in the Advanced Category. Basil Waugh (3rd vase fron left), was the winner in this section.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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16th March 2015. Demonstration by Pete Osborn
Pete showed us how to turn natural edged bowls. He made two bowls, the first had a traditional shape, whilst the second had 'wings'.

Pete Osborn's demonstration, March 2015 Pete Osborn's demonstration, March 2015

Pete making the shavings fly as he turns a winged, natural edged bowl.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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Pete Osborn's demonstration, March 2015 Pete Osborn's demonstration, March 2015

Pete demonstrating the art of power sanding.

Photograph by courtesy of Keith Phillips ©

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16th March
Just added to the FOR SALE page. A Record Power Coronet “Major” No 3 Woodturning Lathe with accessories, at a very good price. Click HERE for details.


16th February 2015. Demonstration by Philip Greenwood
Philip showed us how to turn a tea-light candle holder.

Philip Greenwood's demonstration, February 2015. Philip Greenwood's demonstration, 16th February 2015.

Philip making the shavings fly as he turns a tea-light candle holder.

Photograph by courtesy of Andrew Hall ©

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19th January Demonstration Cancelled
The demonstration by Pete Osborn scheduled for 19th January has had to be cancelled because of bad weather. We apologise for this.

The next meeting in 2015 will be a demonstration by Philip Greenwood on the 16th February.


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