Last month Bert Marsh was with us and we had a day with lots of banter going back and forward. Dave Reeks was giving Bert a lot of stick about sanding, especially when Bert was talking about using 30 grit! (Who needs turning tools?)|
Bert started the day off turning a bowl from a piece of Imbuya. It is an easy wood to turn and gives a nice finish. I was interested to note that he used sanding sealer before he started sanding and again after, before applying a wax finish.
In the afternoon he turned a natural edge bowl from a lump of laburnum.
There was still a bit of time left in the afternoon so Bert finished off making a small box from a piece of mulberry. All in all an interesting day although not as many members turned up to this one for various reasons.
Bert was asked to judge the entries for this month's certificate and it was won by Howard Overton with a beautiful pair of salt and pepper mills. Once again the table was full of good pieces to show.
This month we have Dennis Hill with us. Some of you may know him as he is a member of one of the other clubs in the area. Although not a professional turner I am told he is very interesting to watch and for us he will be turning natural edge bowls. Because he is not a professional (and therefore not so expensive) the cost on the door will be £3 for members and £5 for visitors.
We had the pleasure of meeting our first junior member at the last meeting. Michael Fryer was 12 years old on the 19th June and he had asked for money from everyone which he took down to Axminster Power Tools and it seems had a field day. When he showed an interest in joining we discussed it at committee and then checked with our insurers that it was acceptable to them. They positively encouraged it, something I know will please some members after what was said at the AGM in January.