Our meeting this week on Thursday 9th December 2021 is going to be a demonstration by Andy Walters, Andy is going to be demonstrating how to make a Candle Lantern. Being that I was unsure of what Andy meant by saying he would make a Candle Lantern, I asked him to send me a couple of pictures if he had them, the pictures duly arrived and you can see them below.
Andy is the proprietor of Black Isle Woodturning and runs training classes for would be turners, most of his other work is from commissions, Andy has demonstrated for our club on several occasions over the years and was asked by Jim Kelman to do a demo in 2020 which was cancelled due to the Covid restrictions, however Andy will be attending this time and we hope you enjoy his presentation.
Our meeting on Thursday25th November 2021 was a demonstration by David Hutcheson, David’s theme for the evening was to be making Christmas decorations, he had brought along a few examples of Christmas decorations that he had made, one of which was a snowman. It was to be another snowman that David was to make.
Our meeting this week on Thursday 25th November 2021 is going to be a demonstration by David Hutcheson. David is going to be making some Christmas decorations, I’m not entirely sure what type of decorations he will be making as there are so many different types of decoration available to make, but I’m sure David will make some interesting items for Christmas, you too will have time to try your hand at making some of these.
Please be aware that the hall also have a meeting on Thursday 25th Nov 2021 from 7pm to 9pm, parking could be a problem, you would be well advised to use the public car park down the road from the hall.
It came to my attention recently that Ronnie Chisholm (one of our club members) had died. Ronnie had died very suddenly but peacefully on the 27th July 2021 at home, Lovat Road Inverness.
I spoke with his widow Gwynneth this week who informed me that Ronnie very much enjoyed his visits to our club, and that he would be very pleased to know that it continues to flourish. Gwynneth contacted me through our web site and asked if our club would be interested in some of Ronnie’s woodturning magazines and books, she also mentioned there were some wood blanks that she knew Ronnie would be pleased to know were being put to good use, it was during this conversation that I learned of Ronnie’s death.
In addition to being a member of our club Ronnie was also a member of the Inverness Mens Shed, it was at the Men’s Shed in the spring of this year that I along with Errol Levings last saw and spoke to Ronnie, It came as quite a shock to both of us to know he had died so suddenly.
Our club sends you Gwynneth and your family our deepest sympathy for your loss, Ronnie will be sadly missed by all our club members.
Our meeting on Thursday 11th November 2021 was a demonstration by George Burgess, George was to make as he called it a “Banana Bowl” now if your are wondering what exactly he meant by “Banana Bowl” well it’s a bowl made from a log split in half forming a “D” shape then turned, what makes it into a “Banana Bowl” is the fact that the half log is 3 times longer than it is wide. The wood George chose for the bowl was a piece of Laburnum, it’s a good wood to work, pale olive green heartwood with pale cream colour to the sap wood, as it dries the cut ends turn a dark chocolate brown, but the pale green colour will be present even after it’s dried and worked, it does however eventually turn dark brown from the effects of UV light, a process that effects all woods, some more dramatically than others.
Our meeting this week, Thursday 11th November 2021 is a demonstration by George Burgess, George is going to demonstrate making a “Banana Bowl”, this is a bowl that is longer than the diameter usually made from a piece of branch wood, however I will leave that to George to explain when he comes to do his demonstration.
Our Meeting on Thursday 28th October 2021 was a demonstration by David Ross on making an ornamental hanging using a Sea Urchin in his design. These are very fragile items and we were all intrigued to see how David was actually going to go about this.
I thought you might like to see what we have done with our club premises as a result of the Covid pandemic. Our club premises needed some upgrading to reduce the possibility of Covid being transmitted to or by our club members. This included having to improve the ventilation, install a full dust extraction system to all 5 lathes, set up a sanitising station, keep very accurate records of attendees for track and trace if it were ever needed, we also managed to increase the space between each lathe by repositioning the machines, this allows us more space for the members who are observing the turners. We also did some general housekeeping by giving all the floors a fresh coat of paint.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 28th October 2021, start time of 6.45pm. The meeting is a demonstration by David Ross, David is going to use a Sea Urchin as part of his design for an ornamental turning, these are very fragile items to work with so a great deal of care needs to go into the method of use, I have no doubt David has done this many times in the past and I’m sure we will all be most interested to see how he goes about his task.
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