September 2018 – Monthly meeting & competition

Well 2018 is fairly galloping along now, almost time to break out the slighly dodgy jumpers and to ask people “do you want to make a snowman?”

Monday 17 September was another good night at the club, Margaret Garrard was the demonstrator and gave a most interesting and informative display of woodturning. New comers and novices were given plenty of advise on health and safety matters as well as explanations of each tool and technique’s used. Margaret turned a ‘Bowl with Routed Inserts’. This involved a major engineering job to construct a frame on the lathe bed to secure and support a Router. This she then used to cut a series of 90 degree slots around the bowl. Into the slots were glued square slats of contrasting wood. Once dried, the outside of the bowl was turned until the surface was again as smooth as a babies ….     The inside of the bowl was then hollowed to reveal the underside of the inserts creating a very decorative effect.

Margaret finished the evening off by quickly producing a Christmas tree, using ‘off centre’ turning techniques. I dont think anyone asked if she wanted to make a snowman! Ah well perhaps another day (I have been praticing for ages…….. the song that is!).


Competition results:


  1. Norman McLaren
  2. Ian Clarke
  3. Jeff Perkins

2018 September INTERMEDIATE(10)



  1. Robert Cookson
  2. Greg Knight
  3. Gary Thomson

2018 September INTERMEDIATE(1)



  1. John Owen
  2. Adrian Thompson
  3. John Pickup

2018 September INTERMEDIATE(11)


1..  Gary Thomson  – Sorry Gary, Bob forgot to photograph your lovely Carved Stool!


Hands on nights for 2018/2019

The “hands-on-nights” for 2018 into 2019 have now been arranged. They willbe heldon the first Monday of the month starting 5 November and the last one will be on 1st April (Hmm, perhaps that last one may change!)

Meeting demonstrations – audience PPE

Most of us are aware that ALL hardwoods and most timbers in general possess a potential health hazard, from irritant to down right unhealthy! As woodturners (at any level) I think we all know that woodturning creates many H&S issues and personal safety is paramount, protecting ourselves from any know or perceived hazard should be second nature. To that end the use of Personel Protective Equipment (PPE) is encouraged in our turning workspace (be it workshop, garage, shed or man/woman cave), the monthly demonstration falls into the “workspace” category.


Individuels know, or should be aware of what levels of wooddust effect them. Demonstrations generate the same dust and no matter how good a dust extraction system is used the demonstrator has to balance the presentation with the ability of the audiance to hear what they are saying. If you know you are likely to be adversly effected by dust, please come to the demonstration prepared to use your PPE. Everyone knows what PPE is right for them and its use is encouraged at any of our meetings and external demonstration (E.g. Sizergh Castle, Southport show etc), if you feel you need to were it, please do so.