April 2018 – Monthly meeting, demonstration and competition

Monday 16 April saw the monthly club meeting with demonstration and competition at Bilsborrow.

The demonstrator was Mr Mark Hancock who produced a three legged hollowed form which he then Burnished, Coloured and Gilded. This involved many different techniques, which Mark took great care in explaining including off-set headstock turning for the “novices” present.

The monthly competition results are……


  1. Norman Mc
  2. D Blundell
  3. Jim Nelson

2018 April Novice(13)


  1.  Robert Cookson

Only the one entry was entered in this category

2018 April Intermediate (11)


  1. Malcolm Smith
  2. John Pickup
  3. Gordon Bell

2018 April Advanced (12)


“Hands on Night” – Monday 9 April

Monday 9 April was the last hands on night until Autumn 2018. All members and non-members are welcome and if you have an interest to begin or gain greater experience of the various skills on offer in RRWTC these are ideal nights to see what we do. The evenings have proven to be very popular but this was the last one until Autumn dates have been agreed, the web site will carry details when known

Again 6 Lathes, sharpening skills, Scroll Saw and Pyrography will be available to try out or gain experience on. Look forwaqrd to seeing you at the club. Some photos from the evening…..

Longton library display and demonstration

Once again, RRWTC are displaying at Longton library for the month of April. This year has seen a remarkable 11 members displaying items they have produced and between 9:00 and 12:00 on 28 April Martin West will be demonstrating Scroll Saw techniques and Denis will be explaining turning skills.

Items on display…….



March 2018 club demonstration & competition

Monday 19 March was the latest club meeting with a great demonstration by Mick Hanbury. Mick is a professional turner who produces works of art and demonstrated one of his techniques for producing unique objects.

As always this was also the monthly competition night and a fantastic range of entries were showcased. Results for the evening are…..


  1. Paul Metcalf

2018 March (3)


  1. Greg Kent
  2. David English
  3. Kieron Harris

2018 March (10)


  1. Robert Cookson
  2. Peter Hamer

2018 March (5)


  1. Malcolm Smith
  2. John Pickup
  3. Dave Threlfall

2018 March (9)


5 March 2018 – “Hands on Night”

Monday night 5 March was the latest club hands on night. Another good turn out of members and non-members who have an interest to begin or gain greater experience of the various skills on offer in RRWTC. These evenings have proven to be very popular but next month (9 April) will be the last hands on evening until the Autumn. Details of future evenings will be detailed on the Web Site when the dates are known.

Again 6 Lathes, sharpening skills, Scroll Saw and Pyrography were available to try out or gain experience with…..


Radio Lancashire Display and Demonstration

Thursday 15 February saw a Red Rose Woodturning Club demonstration and display in the offices of BBC Radio Lancashire in Blackburn. A great arrangment of items were displayed in the front window of the BBC offices and Denis Headon (Chairman of the club) was on hand to ensure the shows presenter ( John Gillmore) got hands on experience and provided a chat on the club and its activities.

At this time I have no knowledge of when Denis will have his own radio show!

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.