Our meeting this week on Thursday 14th April was all about Natural Edged Turnings, this meeting was managed by Geoff Potter and was the first meeting to feature all 5 lathes in operation since the club re-opened in the Autumn of 2021. The turners for this meeting were, Geoff Potter, Bill Munro, Bob Chisholm, Alan Ross and Dave Line, all were making bowls, some from half a log others from a whole log and Geoff had the strangest looking piece of wood imaginable, but never the less do look at his outcome, it’s the old story of not judging a book by it’s cover, and in this case don’t judge the piece before seeing the outcome.
We have been monitoring the attendance levels since re-opening, and it’s fair to say the numbers attending have been somewhat subdued, however this weeks meeting saw the highest attendance since we re-opened, this is most encouraging and with the last of the legal requirements being lifted on Monday 18th April 2022 we hope to see the numbers increase even further. That’s not to say we should not be careful in our approach to this virus as it’s still there.
Let me introduce you all to the turners for this meeting.
Now for the turners efforts, I have selected a few pictures from each of the turners taken at random throughout the evening, 1st up is Geoff Potter who managed the meeting.
I have to say at this point that the club members appreciated the efforts of all the turners and the club is more than grateful for their participation and especially to Geoff who organised the meeting.
In addition to the turning the table for the “look what I’ve made” was very well received with several members putting forward some examples of Natural Edged Turnings. See picture 21.
We did have another member of the club committee present, John Ruickbie who got involved with some sharpening of Richard Comfort’s tools. See picture 22.
Most of you will know that we have gained the use of the old woodstore from the Hall Committee, It has been transformed over the past few weeks into a machining room with our bandsaw, pillar drill and a couple of sanding machines now in there, the shelving for the wood store has also been re-arranged and the whole place has been painted. A new power supply had to be installed along with some better lighting, this was undertaken by John Ruickbie, the other work was carried out by several club members and is still to be completed, we could do with the help of a joiner to finish off the work benches.
That completes our meeting on Natural Edged Turnings, we hope you enjoyed watching our demonstrators and that you too could be doing a demonstration one day.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 28th April 2022 and it’s a showtime meeting being organised by Peter Lawrence. Bring what you have made to this meeting and let the rest of the members see what you have been doing, you may bring more than one item, in fact the more the merrier. Let me (Alec Mutch) know if you have brought something and you will be given a number for showing, keep hold of your items until your number is called out.