Report on virtual meeting 03-09-2020, making household goods.

This week’s virtual meeting on Thursday 3rd September 2020 was to be about making any type of household goods. This meeting was to be organised by John Cheadle but due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions it had to be turned into a virtual meeting. The usual request for our members to take part has gone unheeded again, with only one member sending me any pictures or information, that being Nick Simpson, I have put a few pictures together for you all to see along with a very short timeline in the gallery on the making of a Natural Edged Bowl but from a source that you may find interesting.

I urge you all to take notice of our requests for you all to take part in what we are trying to do, and that’s to keep the club alive, your continued lack of interest is wearing us down and that’s not good for the club, we are actively looking at methods to get the club up and running again but we are still under lockdown as far as the government is concerned.

I will start with Nick’s entry, a mortar and pestle.

This is Nick’s Mortar and Pestle and here is what he had to say about it,
I called this a ‘handy’ mortar and pestle as it was designed to be used in the hand rather than the usual way on a kitchen surface.
Both elements are from Olive wood. The mortar is based on a simple three legged cauldron design. Finish is food safe oil (liquid paraffin).
Nick Simpson.
Here is Nick’s second picture, this time it’s showing the bottom of the mortar, you can see why he called it a cauldron design.

Now for a couple of items from my own picture gallery,

A bread board made from Lime wood, it measured 330 mm in diameter and the carving was all done with a very fine veining tool in the router.
This is a cheese board, complete with tile top and tools compartment underneath the top part. The top part was on a pivot so that when in use on the table the tools were there to cut the cheese then the top part could be closed by moving it over the lower part.

Now for the timeline on a Natural Edged Bowl. This is no ordinary Natural Edged Bowl or at least the part I’m using was not that usual as it comes from the crux of a tree.

I have deliberately kept this gallery short as I know you are all familiar with how to make a Natural Edged Bowl, the part I wanted to show was the fact of using the crux adds a whole new dimension to this type of bowl, it does not have to be a straight log or even half a log, look at what you have and come up with a new way of working it.

If you want to see a larger picture and to read the text, just click on the pictures in the gallery.


I received a late entry for this post from David Ross, there was some confusion with the original email David sent, however here are David’s pictures and text now, better late than never, and thanks David for re-sending the pictures.

Hi Alec
Hope I have better luck this time
My first item is a cake stand it is 220mm tall the top plate is 160 mm in diameter the bottom plate is 200mm in diameter it is made out of sycamore and finished in 3 coats Chestnut food safe oil.
Second item is a spurtle they are approx 260 mm long and 20 mm in diameter they are made from sycamore and have no finish on them as sycamore is a safe wood to use for cooking utensils. 
Third item is a rolling pin it is 400 mm long the pin is made of maple and in 220 mm long and 70 mm in diameter the handles are made of a wood but I cannot remember what kind they 90 mm long and 25 mm diameter at the widest point There is a rod all the way through the pin and fitted to a bearing at each end of the pin it was then glued into each handle.
The handles look to be Wenge, AM.

David Ross.

Do remember the clubhouse remains closed.

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