Club Nights – May 2023

In May we hosted Richard Finley as our guest demonstrator, he brought with him samples of his work.

He used a selection of woods of different colours and gave us a very instructive demonstration of tools and tool use when turning a lidded bowl with finial.

This included cross grain turning and spindle turning.




Highlighted during his demonstration was to remove any dinks in your tool rest for a ‘smoooooth’ cutting action.

When cutting inside of a bowl to drop the handle of your bowl gouge when approaching the centre and to slow down the cut on the approach to the centre line, catching the last part of the cut in the flute and keeping the bottom of the bowl flat.

When finishing and sanding through the grits remove any dust from the previous grit before moving on so as to achieve a better quality finish.

The bowl can also be used as a jam chuck when making the lid, but don’t make the fit so tight you cause damage when removing it.

He also removed the sharp outer edges of his new chucks for added safety.


The competition this month was a goblet for the novices and any recently completed item of their choice for our more experienced turners.


As you can see from the photographs the entries were varied and numerous, for which we thank you, it did however make making a decision as to which was your favourite very difficult and caused a lot of discussion before the final decision was made.

Novices Competition Results;

1st; David Waring                    2nd; Phil Davis                  3rd; Roger Probert


Experienced Competition Results;

1st; John Tetley & Brian Ford                2nd; Roy Hadley


3rd; David Haines & Jeff Belcher

We would also like to thank those of you who brought along donations to the club of items for us to sell at the shows this year, the first of which is at Hellens Garden Festival at Much Marcle on June 10th & 11th.

Our next meeting is Thursday June 29th which is a Club Night so watch out for details in the email from Helen Theron and we will let you know how our first show went.