Competition this Thursday 24-06-2021 Natural Edged Turning.

Our meeting this week is Competition time again, the theme for this week’s competition is Natural Edged Turnings, you are all invited to make something with an element of natural edge or inclusion in your turning/s somewhere. There will be no fixed criteria other than it has to have some natural feature/s in whatever you make. There are 3 categories with our members, Novice, Intermediate and Experienced do remember you will only be competing with people in your same category, there is a first prize of £25 for the winner in each category. You should all have received an email already with an entry form attached, if you have not received the entry form contact Geoff Potter and he will see that you get one. You can enter up to 3 different items with a maximum picture number of 5 for each entry.

The meeting has been organised by Peter Lawrence and your judges for this competition will be Peter Lawrence and John Ruickbie. I will act as go between so send your pictures and a completed entry form to me before the end of day on Friday 25th June 2021, I will forward them on to the 2 judges removing all trace of who has made what. The result of the competition will be made on the 9th July 2021 by email to the winners, to everyone else through the web site. All entries will be published on our web site.

Here are a few ideas for Natural Edged Turnings, you do not need to copy or follow any of these but if it gives you a better understanding of what’s required feel free to use these examples for your own turnings.

Left, a deep bowl made from Leylandii and turned using the end grain. Right, a Laburnum bowl made from the crux of a tree where 2 branches come off the main stem.
Left, a Silver Birch triple headed bowl all turned on the lathe, this makes for very interesting chucking. Right, A Yellow Gum Burr all the way from Australia, very hard and almost stone like in appearance.
Left, another Australian native, this is a Eucalyptus bowl made from half a log that has been split right down the middle. Right, An Ash bowl again from the crux of a tree, this time made from where 2 branches come off the main stem.
Left, A laburnum bowl, again from the crux of the tree, this one I cut slightly higher than the point where the branches came off the main stem giving you this dramatic effect. Right, An Elm Burr turned to keep all the outside natural edges, this one measured 325mm across by about 60mm deep.

That’s all I have to offer as examples, I’m confident you will have lots of ideas of your own and we all look forward to seeing them, so get your pictures and application form to me at,

Remember the closing date for entries is Friday 25th June 2021 and the winners will be announced on the 9th July 2021. Good luck to everyone who takes part.

We do have another meeting on the 8th July 2021, this meeting is being organised by Errol Levings and Errol’s programme will include Candle Holders and Offset Candle Holders.

Do remember the clubhouse remains closed.

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