This Week’s virtual meeting on Thursday 9th July 2020 is all about making Candle holders, they can be made for small nightlight candles to large pillar candles and everything in between, you could also try to make some offset candle holders. This meeting was to be handled by Errol Levings and he was going to demonstrate the making of an offset candle holder.
Here are a few examples of different candle holders that you might like to try.
I hope these few examples have given you some ideas for making your own candle holders. We want to see many of them, photographed and sent to me for upload to our web site.
The virtual meeting is on Thursday, you have until Lunchtime on Friday 10th July 2020 to send your pictures to me, don’t forget to include some information on what you have made and possibly even why.
Our virtual meeting on the 25th June 2020 was to be a competition, being handled by Errol Levings, the Novice category were asked to make a Natural Edged Bowl from 1/2 a log, the Intermediate category were to make a Natural Edged Bowl from a whole log and the Experienced category were to make an Inside Out Turning. There wasn’t going to be any judging it was all for the experience of doing it.
I have to tell you that the uptake for this competition was very very poor and quite disappointing I received very few pictures, but those I did receive will be shown here along with some of my own pictures just to pad out the post.
We do have pictures from Bill Munro, Dave Line, Jeff Buttress and myself.
To get a larger picture of any of those shown in the gallery below, just click the picture.
We are hoping for a better uptake for the next virtual meeting, that will be on the 9th July 2020, it’s also being handled by Errol Levings and the subject matter was going to be making an Offset Candle Holder or any Candle Holder. Lets get lots of pictures from our members for our members, start now and get the pictures to me for inclusion in our web site.
We hope you are all still keeping well and avoiding this deadly virus.
This week would have seen our 2nd competition for this year, this will now be handled virtually, it should have been taking place on Thursday 25-06-2020, it was being organised by Errol Levings and Errol had laid down the criteria for the competition. He wanted the Novice group to make a Natural edged Bowl from half a log, he wanted the Intermediate group to make a Natural edged Bowl from a whole log, and the Experienced group were tasked with making an Inside Out Turning. Whatever group you are in can you still make something in line with what Errol has asked for, there will be no judging taking place, do it for your club or do it for Errol, I will let Errol see all the entries and he may well decide to comment on some of them. Firstly we want plenty of entries in all 3 categories, you have up to Thursday evening to get your items made, photographed and sent to me, I will be uploading them to our web site on the following day.
Don’t let Errol down, I know he is looking forward to seeing what you all have made.
I have given you 3 pictures of things made using Errol’s criteria.
Our entries over the past few weeks for virtual meetings or just for publication have been very poor in number, we would like to see you all entering your work much more than has been happening, so please enter into the spirit of the virtual meetings until we eventually get back to the clubhouse, we are aware that may be some time yet so the only way we can keep in touch is through the internet.
Our virtual meeting on the subject of weed pots was held on Thursday 11th June 2020. It was being organised by myself, the usual criteria was in place, the members were to make the weed pots and send their pictures to me for publication on our web site. It was looking fairly clear to me that by Tuesday evening I had very few pictures from only 4 members, this was to say the least very disappointing, so as I was the organiser I decided to do a tutorial on the making of a weed pot, if only to make it worth while to do a post.
I have also change some of the ways I used to present the entries, I do hope you approve of my new method, it will be presented in 2 parts, the 1st part will be the members entries and the 2nd part will be the tutorial.
Part one, the members entries. Click any picture for a larger view.
Here’s a short video of Mike Day’s Weed Pot
Part two, a tutorial by Alec Mutch, on making a weed pot, see the gallery below, there are 24 pictures in 12 entries, just follow the pictures 1 to 24 and you should produce a weed pot at the end if it, click the pictures.
I hope you have gained something from this post from both the members and myself, I hope we can get a better response from our members in the future, our next virtual meeting was to be a competition organised by Errol Levings, this will now be a virtual meeting. Errol wanted the competition to be on 3 subjects, the Novice group were to make a Natural Edged Bowl from 1/2 a log, the Intermediate group were to make a Natural Edged Bowl from a full log The Experienced group were to make an Inside OutTurning. Now I would like you all to follow what Errol has asked for and make something in line with his requests, there will be no judging, but then there doesn’t need to be, just do it for your own satisfaction and remember to send the pictures to me.
Our meeting this Thursday should have been all about making weed pots, it will now be handled on line by means of a virtual meeting, it was to be organised by myself, what we would like you to do is to make a weed pot or more than one and send the pictures to me along with some text for publication on our web site. These are not difficult things to make and they use up odd bits of wood that would otherwise not be used.
We had a real disappointing entry for the Inside Out Turnings, I hope we can do a whole lot better with this subject.
If you need some guidance on what a weed pot is and how to make it, click the link provided below for a full description on how to make one.
Our virtual meeting on “Inside Out Turning” was on Thursday 28th May 2020 It was to be organised by myself, I was going to demonstrate the methods used to produce an Inside Out Turning, however as this was not possible due to the lockdown we made it a virtual meeting instead. I was to be the only turner for this demonstration, we were not going to use all the lathes as is the normal practice. On that basis I decided I would handle this more like a tutorial rather than the normal proceedure where we just show some pictures with a little text, I will take you through the making of an Inside Out Turning.
The membership were invited to do an inside out turning to be shown on this post, however I have only received one other entry for the Inside Out Turning, I was hoping for a few more but I do realise that this type of turning may have been a step to far for the some of our members.
I did receive a couple of pictures of other turnings from another member, and they will be shown here, I did invite everyone to enter any piece of turning if they felt the Inside Out Turning was not for them.
First up is the only Inside Out Turning I received from Nick Simpson, this is what he had to say about his picture.
If you are short of photos this is one I did a while ago.
It is 9” tall and made from sycamore. The inside is spray painted gold
and the outside stained with spirit stain and satin lacquer.
Next are a couple of pictures from Dave Line, not Inside Out Turnings, just items he has made recently, this is what Dave had to say about them,
I tried inside out turning after John Ruickbie demonstrated a couple of
years ago but the result was a complete disaster so when I saw the programme
for this year I was looking forward to this week when Alec would be
demonstrating inside out turning so I could have another go.
So no inside out turning but 2 items I have made in the last couple of
The first is a lamp, 280mm high and 120mm Dia. The body is Ash and the
feature rings are Sycamore and Sapele , it is finished with wood wax and
The second is a clock of 150mm Dia it is very simple but my first use of
millput which I think sets it off quite well, the wood is Copper Beech and
finished with melamine lacquer.
Now for my own tutorial on Inside Out Turnings.
For those wishing to follow the tutorial start at the fourth picture and go through them in sequence they are all on a step by step basis for you to follow, and good luck with this, if you don’t try you will never know how interesting it can make woodturning, for a larger picture and the text just click any picture, a full sized picture should appear.
Our next Virtual meeting is on the 11th June 2020, that too is being organised by myself, it’s on a much simpler turning this time, it’s all about making weed pots, now that something that everyone can do and can enter for publication, so get to making weed pots and lots of them and send your pictures to me but don’t forget to tell us all about them.
Our next meeting should have been on the 28th May 2020 but due to the lockdown this meeting will be handled virtually. It was to be organised by myself demonstrating how to make an inside-out or involuted turning. This type of turning usually consisted of 3 or 4 pieces of wood held by temporarily gluing the pieces together (paper joint method) to create a cylinder where the turning that would ultimately be on the inside is turned first on the outside with the ends untouched at this stage, the whole assembly would then be taken apart and reversed so that all the turnings are now on the inside, the pieces would then be glued permanently, allowed to dry and then turned. I have given you a few pictures of one I did myself and one that John Ruickbie did at a demo in 2018, you can follow what we did if you wish or come up with your own idea for any form of inside-out turning, but do have a go at this and send your pictures to me.
Do have a go at this and send me the pictures, some of them could be as it’s being made along with the finished article and some information to go with it. If you don’t feel comfortable to make one of these turnings, send me pictures of anything else you make instead, we still want to see your pictures, so keep them coming.
Our Platters virtual meeting took place this week on Thursday 14th May 2020, it was being organised by Peter Lawrence but had to be made into a virtual meeting due to the lockdown. We did get some response from the members, not as much as I would have liked, 9 of our 65 members submitted pictures of their work and for that we are very grateful, however that meant that 56 did not, and that also included 7 of the 12 committee members. It does appear that since we started the virtual meetings that there are a handful of members who are more than willing to take part with the rest taking little interest, this is most disappointing because we are trying to keep the interest in the club alive and that will only happen if you all participate. I do hope that at the next virtual meeting in 2 weeks time there will be a better response, we were also asking for you to put any pictures in of anything you were doing outwith the virtual meetings in for publication on our web site and facebook page, this too seems to have come to a complete halt.
There are a total of 30 pictures submitted by our members along with some text, I will put this into 2 sections, the text being the first section and the pictures in a second as a picture gallery. Here are the text entries.
Pictures 1 to 3 are from Alan Ross.
Platter made from mahogany (not certain)
22.5cm x 3cm
sanded to 400grit, sanding sealer, cut’n’polish then wax 22.
Pictures 4 & 5 are from Bob Chisholm.
Platter measuring 300 mm x 35 mm, it was sanded to 400 grit then sealed with
sanding sealer, re-sanded with 400grit and a coat of Melamine applied, it was
then buffed to a soft sheen,
Pictures 6 to 10 are from Cliff Sim.
Good evening, Geoff. I attach photos
of my recent work. Unfortunately my oak platter had a few breakouts hence the
reason it became more of a bob-bon dish instead. I took heart from Alec’s
recent showing to finish off my table lamp using two lignum vitae bowls, one
cut in half, and the other mounted on top . I drilled a separate piece of odd
wood I had tuned as I originally planned to use a metal pipe to connect the
lamp holder but couldn’t get a fitting of the requisite size. The other
half of the bowl I turned to make a small trinket dish as shown, just like
Alec’s, though not nearly so skillfully nor tastefully made. I turned small
pieces of contrasting wood to glue in the bases to flatten them and hide the
turning recesses. I applied sanding sealer, melamine lacquer then chestnut wax
polish to all the items.
Best, Cliff Sim.
Pictures 11 to 13 are from Dave Line.
3 platters I have made.
is 170mm dia, it is made from Ash with Mahogany insert, the only problem I
encountered was getting the mahogany inserts to bend without
cracking, also cutting the blank, this has to be done (very accurately) when
the blank is still square so that it can be clamped when the glue is drying It
is finished off with food safe finish.
is 200mm dia made from Ash. The blank is first turned then sprayed with
Ebonising Lacquer (cheap mat black spray paint from Aldi) then the blank is
rotated at 2000rpm on the lathe when dry and “Butt It” paint flicked
onto the blank whilst rotating. The platter is then turned where required to
remove unwanted paint and finished off.
is only 150mm dia and my first attempt at using Pabeo Prisme paint and as
can be seen I need lot’s more practice.
Keep safe Dave Line.
Pictures 14 to 18 are from Errol Levings.
plain platters from the same piece of Tibetan spruce- still fairly wet with
lots of resin. Very soft, some ripple and short grain so kept thickness up.
Needed very sharp tools to cut clean. Had hoped the spruce would have been
easier to use – some lovely ripple near the bole. These two platters are 120mm
by 15mm. Will finish with OSMO foodsafe oil – have only had one coat so
Pictures 19 & 20 are from Geoff Potter.
attached my platter.
platter was made from an unpromising thin piece of oak. The wood was thoroughly
dry and had a waxed circumference. There was an obvious knot and a section that
looked like it might fly off! I used very short screws to attach it to my face
plate and used my revolving centre as support until I became convinced it
wouldn’t all Frisbee off my lathe. I turned the base including the mortise to
suit my chuck. I decided that because of the thin section I would keep the
mortise after I had finished so took the opportunity to decorate it with a few
grooves. These grooves would probably impress my friends but wouldn’t impress
at least 6 applications of superglue and wood dust at various times to
stabilise the knots and cracks.
with its very shallow dish looked too plain so I used two small grooves to
highlight the rim/dish boundary.
the result, the oak has an impressive set of grain and medullary rays. Its
finished with sanding seal, sanded to 400 grit, melamine and a wax. The platter
is 220 x 15mm. Quite a thin turning for me.
Pictures 21 to 23 are from Gordon Leitch.
Alex I enclose photos of 2 platters
made of oak
is made of elm
Picture 24 is from Nick Simpson.
I haven’t had time to turn a platter this week with gardening and HWC
I thought members might like this. It is called ‘Reflections of…….’
It is a composition of two adjacent slices through the grafted crown of
a flowering cherry.
The frame is just that. It gives the sense of a mirror and, in fact, the
judge in the Borders Woodworkers Open competition asked the Borders club
chairman why someone would bring a mirror to a competition for woodturnings.
The platters are 7” diameter and textured followed by pyrography.
Pictures 25 to 30 are from Alec Mutch.
I have made
3 new platters this week, also shown a couple of smaller platters I had made in
the past, all of them have something different to offer.
1, This is
an Elm platter it measured 305 mm in diameter by about 40 mm deep, I brought
the bowl through the rim by creating 2 small beads on top of the rim.
2, This is
an Olive Ash platter it measured 330 mm in diameter by about 40 mm deep, I
decorated the rim using a laser.
3, Another Elm platter, it measured 305 mm in
diameter by about 50 mm deep, I cut some Celtic design inserts for the rim and
set them in by drilling a series of shallow recesses to accommodate the
inserts, I then used some Milliput to fill the recesses before completing the
turning, the Milliput was allowed to harden over night.
4, A smaller
Ash platter, with a decorated rim. I used some Pebeo paints for this, the base coat was Black Vitrail and the Blue was
Pebeo Moon, both were allowed to dry for several days before finishing the
5, Another Ash shallow platter, measuring 250 mm
by 30 mm again with a decorated rim, this time the paint is Pebeo Prisme in 3
different colours, these paints are oil based and can be applied at the same
time then allowed to dry over several days, in the process they react to each
other and produce the formations you see on the rim.
6, I have
included a picture of my Laser in operation, it’s a LOBO 6040 CNC machine, it
can do engraving or cutting with the use of a suitable computer programme.
This is a late entry from John Ruickbie, it’s very relevant to what’s going on at present so I have given it front of house prominence.
This is what John had to say about his entry,
This is a tribute to
the work being done combating the virus it is more a plaque than a platter. The
centre is the virus which I have given a black centre. Each group is a
spear of sycamore piercing the virus. The overall diameter is 290mm and the
stand is elm.
To get a full sized picture of any in the gallery just click the picture, we hope you find the pictures interesting and encouraging, and perhaps on the next virtual meeting you too could have your work posted here. We look forward to seeing what you can do.
This Thursday 14th May 2020 would have been our meeting where platters were on the programme, it was to be organised by Peter Lawrence, however this meeting will now be done virtually over the internet and not at the clubhouse, to take part you need to make a platter or two, then photograph it or them and send the pictures to me along with some information, such as , type of wood used, size of item made and anything that may be of interest to the rest of the members. The platter can be made from any wood in any size and even laminated or decorated if you prefer. Below are some examples of platters that I have made over the years.
You are more than welcome to use any of my designs as an example for your platter but what we really want to see is for you to come up with your own design.
All pictures and text to arrive by Thursday 14th May 2020 and should be sent to me by email at,
I have one more piece of information to pass on to you all, after the Prime Minister’s address on TV tonight nothing much in Scotland has changed, we are still under lockdown, our first minister has only relaxed the amount of exercise you can do, we are still all expected to stay home. As the lockdown situation changes we will be advising you of what we are doing to comply with the government regulations in regards re-opening the club. To that end we have already formed a sub committee, a task force to look into how we can open safely again, I am chairing the task force with Geoff Potter recording all meetings as secretary, John Ruickbie dealing with all safety matters as our safety rep, Nick Simpson dealing with all matters medical and Peter Lawrence representing the membership. As soon as we know anything you will be informed.
Do remember the clubhouse remains closed and do try to stay safe.
Just in today a picture from John Ruickbie, John’s usual work is mainly woodturning and that often consists of mainly laminated work pieces, however John admitted to me today that due to the lockdown he was running out of suitable woods for woodturning, this has led him down a different road where he has made use of a lot of very small pieces of wood in a wood craft called Intarsia, for those who are not familiar with Intarsia it’s very similar to that of Marquetry the main difference is that the Intarsia is cut 3 dimensional, where as the Marquetry are all cut very thin and all the same thickness. This is an art that requires a very good knowledge of shape and form and most of all very accurate cutting,
This is what John had to say about his picture,
attached a photo of my first attempt at intarsia they are fridge magnets and as
you see use very little wood but require very accurate cutting. Some parts are
natural wood others are coloured using spirit stain. They are assembled on a
thin backing board with rare earth magnets inserted.
These are not woodturning in any way, but we are a woodworking club that specialises in woodturning but not to the exclusion of any other type of woodworking. We are always going to be accommodating to any other type of woodwork that any of you who follow the web site and facebook pages want to show, this will include anyone who is not a member but who follows the online service.
Please keep sending me your pictures and text, I’m sure the members are always looking to see what other members are doing.
Remember the clubhouse remains closed.