Our last meeting of the year on the 14th December 2023 was a triple purpose meeting, hosting both the Annual Christmas Competition and our traditional bumper raffle draw. It was also at this meeting that the winners of the Shield Competitions held throughout the year was to be announced.Continue reading “Report on our last meeting of the year on the 14th December 2023.”
Our meeting on Thursday 7th December 2023 was organized by Alan Smith, Alan’s theme for the meeting was using green wood (I.E. un-seasoned wood ). He had arranged for all 5 of the club lathes to be in use, with 4 club members plus himself doing the demonstrating.Continue reading “Report on our meeting 07-12-2023, Organized by Alan Smith.”
Start time 6.45pm
Our meeting on Thursday 7th December has been organized by Alan Smith, Alan’s theme for this meeting is working with green wood. He has arranged for all 5 of the club lathes to be manned, he will be on one lathe with 4 more turners working the other lathes.Continue reading “Our next meeting 07-12-2023, organized by Alan Smith.”
The committee minutes from the 9th November 2023 are now available in the Club Documents section
Our meeting on Thursday 23rd November 2023 was organized by Susan Drew, Susan’s theme for the meeting was making wooden toys, she had arranged for there to be 4 more turners plus herself on all 5 of the club’s lathes.Continue reading “Report on our meeting 23-11-2023, Organized by Susan Drew.”
Start time 6.45pm.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 23rd November 2023, it has been organized by Susan Drew, she has arranged for all 5 lathes to be working and her theme for the evening is making wooden toys. With Christmas not too far away this should be a very interesting programme for you all to see.Continue reading “Our next meeting, 23-11-2023. Organized by Susan Drew.”
Our meeting on Thursday 9th November 2023 was our 3rd Shield Competition for 2023, it was originally organized by Nick Simpson, however due to unforeseen circumstances Nick had to miss the meeting, he did delegate the responsibilities to David Hobson, who in turn was assisted by Susan Drew and Dave Hutcheson.Continue reading “Report on our 3rd Shield Competition for 2023. Organized by Nick Simpson.”
Start time 6.45pm
Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th November 2023, it’s our last of the Shield competitions for this year and has been organized by Nick Simpson although Nick won’t be there due to medical issues he has arranged for David Hobson to take over the handling of the Competition, David will be assisted by Dave Hutcheson and Susan Drew on handling the entries and the judging.Continue reading “Our next meeting 09-11-2023, organized by Nick Simpson.”
HWC were approached by Glen Albyn Explorers, Green Drive Hall Inverness back in the summer asking if it would be possible to have a woodturning demonstration that they could observe and possibly even experience.
This was agreed and arranged through one of their leaders Eelco De Jong and ourselves for the 1st November 2023.
Present for HWC was Alec Mutch, Peter Lawrence, Geoff Potter, we three were to handle all the liaison. Joe Webster was there as our Health and Safety representative and 5 Turners manned the lathes, David Hobson, Dave Line, Daniel Stewart, Alan Smith and Richard Comfort. All were making different things, it was agreed participation by any of the Scouts on a lathe was agreed under very strict supervision.
When the group arrived there were 3 Leaders, Eelco, Rachel and Chris, the Scouts were Juliet, Lucas, Chris, Cluanie, Fran, Gaby, Findlay and Aaron, all came with suitable PPE for observing the turning.
After the initial introductions the visiting group were encouraged to watch what the turners were doing, it was not long before one of the Scouts asked to take part, that led them all to want to have a go, which by the end of the evening they all managed to get the experience of using a lathe. Three of the Scouts managed to take part in an item that they were given as a keepsake by the turners.
Here are a few pictures from the meeting.
Top picture, here is Lucas being instructed by Dave Line on making a pen. Bottom Picture, Now it was the turn of Juliet to work with Dave also making a pen, both were allowed to keep the pen on completion.
Top picture, here is Thomas being instructed by Daniel Stewart on making a small bowl. Bottom picture, using some of the shavings to burnish the bowl, Thomas was given the bowl by Daniel.
Top picture, here is David Hobson showing one of the Scouts how to use the tools for making wooden fruits. Bottom picture, on Lathe 1, was Richard Comfort, he was making a much more elaborate bowl using a “Y” piece of Laburnum, much too risky to put any of the Scouts with him, they did however see the finished article.
Most of the turners brought in items for the Scouts to see, they were amazed at the variety.
Top picture, I brought in a selection of wood samples to let them see the type of woods we use, these are not all the woods we use but they are the most common, the Scouts paid particular attention to these sample especially the Spalted wood and the Burr wood. Bottom picture , the whole group at the end of the meeting.
The visitors gave us all their thanks for a most enjoyable and informative evening, we in turn enjoyed having them there and it was mentioned that a similar meeting may be forthcoming in 2024 with a different set of Scouts, we will keep in touch.
Our meeting on Thursday 26th October was organized by David Hobson, David didn’t put forward a theme for this meeting opting to allow each of the turners to make something on their own, he did have all 5 lathes in use by having 4 members plus himself doing all the turning.Continue reading “Report on our meeting 26-10-2023, organized by David Hobson.”