For our September meeting we were to have Mark Baker with us but he was unable to join us and Tony Handford stepped in at the last moment to spend the day with us. His choice of wood was as scary as ever his pieces are. A large three pronged log of yew. This lump was donated by Matthew.
Yep. This lump.
He started by mounting it between centres having first drilled a recess for the drive centre to fit in to. He always takes this safety precaution to avoid the log escaping if it loses its grip. He roughly shaped the back of the wings and turned a chucking spigot that will give him a really good grip when getting stuck in to turning this piece.
Once set up in the chuck Tony started shaping both sides of the wing at a cautious speed. Depending on which side he was turning he found that using a pull cut was sometimes better than a push cut.
So far he has only used a spindle gouge but as he started to cut in behind the wings he found a Rolli Munro hollowing tool worked better, much like cutting in to the inside of a vase. Also a Woodcut tool worked well, the difference being that the Rolli Munro tool cutter is a one sided cutter cutting from the left and the tip whereas the Woodcut tool has a cutter that is horseshoe shaped and here it could cut down one side of the wings and back up the other side.
Here you see it from Tonyís side as he starts to shape the wings and the waist using the tools I have just mentioned.
And here you can see he is using his tool support to combat the kick from the log as he cuts in to it.
Itís really taking shape now and time to start hollowing out cutting as much as possible with the tailstock centre in place. Once he had a lead in Tony drilled in with something like a 1Ē drill to about 3/4 of the depth and then went in with a variety of tools by Woodcraft and finishing with a small scraper mounted on a square shank. These are available in a set of three from Woodcraft Ltd for around £80.www.ukwoodcraftandcarbidechisels.co.uk (Glen Teagle)
Hollowing finished and all that was needed was to reverse chuck it on to a jam chuck and complete the base to a pleasing size and shape.
And there you have it just needing sanding and treating with a few coats of finishing oil.
Tony only did the one piece this time. He did ask the group if they wanted to see something else from one of the other logs he had brought in with him but we all agreed that he should carry on with this piece. He hadnít tackled a log quite like this before and felt really pleased how it turned out.
He offered it to the club for someone to finish it with sanding and oiling.
Bert took it on and Tony wanted some assurance that it wasnít sold at a give away price and would like to think we got somewhere in the region of £200 for it. A big ask at a charity event but Bert said we could at least try. What will he come up with in November? We will have to wait and see.
Our next meeting is on Saturday 13th October and we have got Emma Cook with us for the day. Known as The Tiny Turner her work shown on her web site looks more like sculptures so she has got to be someone you canít not come to see.
See you all there.
If anyone would like to use the club lathe on club days please let us know. Paul uses it a lot but only when no one else has asked for it. It is the clubs lathe so anyone can use it, maybe to turn something that is too big for your lathe at home.