Club News

Colchester Woodturners latest news and events 

Harold Griffiths has volunteered to be the Club Chairman,
as our constitution states we cannot run the club without one.

For details of this years meetings see details on the Programme Page

Below is a link to a multi axis tea light holder by Harold Griffiths





 

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Latest Covid-19 Rules for Club Meetings

February 22nd 2022, Colchester Woodturners

All Covid 19 restrictions have been lifted, but if you test positive or don't feel well we would apricate you not coming to meetings.

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Stewart Furini Demonstration

April 2nd Colchester Woodturners

Stewart Furini gave one of the best demonstrations seen at the club. The morning session mainly concentrated on surface preparation and air brushing techniques, including the various types of air brushes and compressor available. Stewart used various colours of Chestnut Products spirit stain with the bowl rotating, changed colours to build up bands of colour.

Next Stewart turned off all the colour and the sprayed areas of of the bowl with different pale colours with the bowl stationary. Then masked off areas with tape, then sprayed on slightly darker colours and masked off some of those areas. Then finally sprayed on dark colours, then removed all the masking tape, the darker colours recede to the back giving a 3D effect.

After lunch Stewart demoed centrifugal effect of painting thin acrylic paint on the the lathe turning slowly, the increasing the lathe speed so the paint is then forced into radial lines. Then repeated the process with other colours.

By now there was a lot of very good banter between the members and Stewart, he was challenged to use a fish stencil he had brought with him. He rose to the challenge, the main problem was holding the stencil tight on the inside bottom of the bowl, he finished the challenge and presented the club with the bowl.

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Harold Griffiths Demonstration

February 7th 2022, Colchester Woodturners

Harold Griffiths demonstrated multi centred spindle turning. The first item was a 50mm diameter tealight holder, turned on 3 parallel centres. the true centre and two others, 3mm either side of the central one. The item on the left of the photo shows the finished item. The item on the right shows the second second item shows what happens when the off set is increased to 10mm. 

Harold also showed other multi axis turned items and explained how they made including latticed and off-set pendants, candle holders, bowls and miniature birdhouse.

Tea Light Holder or Egg Cup pdf file at the top of the page, this is not the same as the demo one but similar. i will update the drawings and post that on the top of the page.

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Alan Arnold Demonstration

January 4th 2022, Colchester Woodturners

Alan Arnold gave us another lively demonstration, this time making a textured vase with the textured area being painted green. The vase had a long narrow neck with a flared rim. Rather than turning a flower for the vase Alan turned a poppy seed head. The photo on the left shows Alan using a 'dremmel' tool with a disc cutter to shape the crown of of the poppy seed head.

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Paul Howard Demonstration

December 6th 2021, Colchester Woodturners

Paul Howard showed us how to make a bowl which appeared to be 3 bowls nested one inside the other on 3 different axes. Firstly Paul turned the inside of the bowl leaving a wide rim. Then Paul turned the underside of the bowl to a perfect hemisphere. This was to enable the underside of the bowl to be positioned in the vacuum chuck or a large cup chuck in various off set positions being held in position by a cone fitted to a revolving centre, As shown if the photo on the left. A new rim was cut into half of the wide rim. Then by repositioning the underside of the bowl in the cup chuck another rim was cut in the remaining half of the wide rim. Paul then made in incision between two off-set rims with the point of a skew chisel to make it appear the bowl were nested inside each other.   

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Christmas Bazaar at St, Mary's Church, Frinton

November 27th 2021, Colchester Woodturners

Club members Alan Essam, Mark Wallington & Harold Griffiths supported club member the Rev. Don Smith at St. Mary's church Christmas bazaar in Frinton. We had a large number of items left over front previous Christmas bazaars, plus a good number of new items. For the first time we had an operational lathe an our stand, there was quite a lot of interest in our demos. We received requests for a number of items, including 'gonks' and a light pull, which we made. We also turned some xmas trees and a miniature bird house. A number of people showed an interested in joining the club & were given next years programme. .

We raised a total of £240.00 for the church funds

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Harold Griffiths Demonstration

November 1st, Colchester Woodturners

Club member Harold Griffiths gave us a demonstration on making Christmas decorations. Using a pen mandrill to turn the body of an icicle and a set of pin chuck jaws to turn the top and bottom finials. The ball shape on the top finial was turned with a spindle gouge and finished using a home made tool using a section of steel tube in a wooden handle. Harold also made a small bell and a candle.

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Gary Rance Demonstration

October 2nd 2021, Colchester Woodturners

Gary gave us an interesting and enjoyable day, seeing so many things made in a short space of time. Starting with things that those new to turning would appreciate made it worthwhile for all. With basic spindle technics to start with, then a small box with an inlaid 'eye', followed by an apple and an pear. Then a demo on how to make a pocket watch stand parts. Next how to make a 'idiot stick, much jollity as members tried to make it work! Finishing with a demo of making  pendant using on of his pendant jigs. 

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CWT member's items for auctioned PRC

4th September 2021, Colchester Garrison

Members of the Personnel Recovery team held a 2 day walk on the 3rd and 4th September, covering 52 miles in 19 hours, with an over night stop. This was a sponsored walk in aid of Cancer Research UK. The club members who have been teaching woodturning to recovering personnel at the centre, donated the items in the photo on the left. They were auctioned by O.C. and raised £325 for Cancer Research UK.

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Tony Walton Demonstration

August 2nd 2021, Colchester Woodturners

Finally we have had a club meeting. Tony gave us a demonstration on making tiny goblets. The cup part was made from a tiny slice of a burr glued to a block mounted in a scroll chuck. the stem and the base were made separately. Tony achieved such a high finish from his tool that he started sanding with 400 grit abrasive, followed by 600 grit, sanding sealer and carnuba wax.

For the second part of the demo explained how to make rings from rolled up veneer, soaked in super glue. when the glue has dried the blank ring is very strong, it can the be turned in a ring mandrill.

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Andy Coates Demonstration

January 2020, Colchester Woodturners

Happy New Year everyone! On Monday 6th January 2020, Colchester Woodturners Club was visited by our demonstrator for the evening, Andy Coates.

 

As a local(ish) turner, Andy had visited before. It was good that our first demo of 2020 attracted a good crowd. Andy had not mentioned in advance what he was doing, so everyone looked on in anticipation.

A big thank you to Mark Wallington for a detailed write up of the evenings demonstration -

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Christmas Stall & End of Year News 2019

December 2019, Colchester Woodturners

Thank you to all members that donated items for our Christmas stall and everyone that helped with the stall. We made a total of £950 for St. Helena Hospice. Well done to the winners of our annual competition, in both classes experienced and novice. 

 

We wish all our members & visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Christmas Stall & End of Year News 2018

December 2018, Colchester Woodturners

Thank you to all members that donated items for our Christmas stall and everyone that helped with the stall. We made a whopping £1250 for one of our charities we support St. Helena Hospice. Well done to the winners of our annual competition, in both classes experienced and novice, all of the entries were on top form as usual.

Colchester Woodturners now has new committee members as well as changes to the committee. We welcome our new members to the committee and thank all of the committee members that have stood down especially Roy Clarke for all his years of service as Chairman and welcome Kelvin Bowles as the new Chairman. 

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Competition, Jigs & Auction Night

December 2018, Colchester Woodturners

Thank you to all members that donated items for our Christmas stall and everyone that helped with the stall. We made a whopping £1250 for one of our charities we support St. Helena Hospice. Well done to the winners of our annual competition, in both classes experienced and novice, all of the entries were on top form as usual.

Colchester Woodturners now has new committee members as well as changes to the committee. We welcome our new members to the committee and thank all of the committee members that have stood down especially Roy Clarke for all his years of service as Chairman and welcome Kelvin Bowles as the new Chairman. 

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Con Rendall Demonstration

July 2018, Colchester Woodturners

Once a year Colchester Woodturners club tries to get a demonstration that is not directly related to woodturning. Con Rendall is a luthier and we had a good questions and answers session on the making of instruments and the techniques and methods used to get to a finished article.

 

We were shown how a wood bending tool works with water and steam and the types of tools, finishes and glues used while making the instruments. Colchester Woodturners club would like to thank Con Rendall for an informative evening.

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Chris & Rita Norton Demonstration

June 2018, Colchester Woodturners

Colchester Woodturners club definitely looked forward to seeing the experts in colouring wood in action, and they didn't disappoint. Most of the club members had questions to ask about techniques they use, products they have tried, what they recommend and finishes they use that are added to their woodturned items.

Chris showed the club techniques on woodturning and Rita explained how to use colours and products to get the correct colour consistencies for realistic looking fruit. An enjoyable evening with a lot learned.

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Ruth Murchie Demonstration

May 2018, Colchester Woodturners

With a last minute change to our programme, one of our new members Ruth Murchie stepped in and provided the club with a great demonstration on pole lathes. We learned the history of the pole lathe, how they work and the tools and steps to using it. 

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, with Ruth providing a bit of theatre in her demonstration and a couple of our members getting involved and having a go on the tools and lathe. The club would like to thank Ruth and congratulate her for providing a very good demonstration.

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Colchester Woodturners Annual Competition

December 2017, Colchester Woodturners

The annual competition for the club was judged at our last meeting. We had a great turnout of items and all of the entries were fantastic.

The winning table lamp is impressive by any standards and the club members agreed it was a fun event. We had 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and also a novice award for our newer members. All pictures can be seen in our photo gallery.

We also had our AGM meeting and would like to welcome our newest member voted into the committee. The club programme is now on the website and it should be a fun 2018. From all of us at the Colchester Woodturners have a good Christmas and happy new year.

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Help for Heroes, Woodturning for Welbeing

August 2017, Colchester Woodturners

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester has started offering their beneficiaries woodturning sessions.

 

The sessions are guided by members of the Colchester Woodturners Club; all giving up their time for free in order to teach interested veterans how to turn wood effectively. They even bring along their own lathes and other equipment to ensure the best experience possible.

Colchester Woodturners would like to thank Thoroughgood Timber near Colchester, Robert Sorby and DJ Evans of Bury-St-Edmunds who have all donated materials.

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Hands-On Evening & Club Competition

May 2017, Colchester WoodturnersClub Meetings

The club competition once again had a lot of very good entries, a big thank you to everyone who entered an item.  Check out the Gallery.

 

We had a clear 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

This year the club introduced the best woodturned item by our rookie wood turners, with up to 2 years experience.

It was an enjoyable evening with club members having a go on the lathes with information, tips, tricks and resolutions being provided by the more experienced and professional woodturners on hand.

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Jennie Starbuck Demonstration

March 2017, Colchester Woodturners

A superb demonstration showing how to get more out of your woodturning by adding that little bit extra to a standard piece of wood. 

Jennie showed us a different side to woodturning if you let your creative side run wild. The tips and tricks that were demonstrated gave everyone something to think about and how they could adapt the different techniques to their woodturned items at home.

The Colchester Woodturners club committee would like to sincerely thank Jennie for her beautiful plaque that she made for the club and for adding a couple of prizes to the raffle that is held at each meeting.

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Roy Clarke Demonstration

January 2017, Colchester Woodturners

Happy new year from Colchester Woodturners.

 

With Andy Coates unfortunate news, Colchester Woodturners chairman Roy Clarke stepped in to save the day. Roy demonstrated how to make a bird box with the sort of wood your friend or neighbour donates to you,

Roy went through the steps on turning a couple of planks of wood into a turnable object, to then creating a beautiful bird box for your garden.

It was a great turn out to the clubs first demonstration of 2017, we hope you all enjoyed the evening and our thoughts and wishes go to Andy Coates.

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Annual Club Competition

December 2016, Colchester Woodturners

Colchester Woodturners annual competition for a turned box, maximum diameter 4", maximum height 6" including any finial again had a lot of fantastic entries this year.

 

Congratulations to our Winning club member, and thank you to everyone that participated.

 

The competition winner decided that next years annual competition will be: a table lamp, use your imagination!.

Good luck!

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Charity Christmas Stall 2016

14th December 2016, Colchester High Street

Colchester Woodturners annual Christmas stall had another great year at the Colchester Christmas Fair. The stall took a fantastic total of £1054.20 for St Helena Hospice, thank you to everyone involved.

Every penny goes to the charity. The standard of work donated is exceptional and the public of all ages are very happy to show their appreciation of the items made by buying lots of them.

 

Check our Gallery page for more photographs.

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Mark Baker - Woodturning Demonstration

August 2016, Club meeting

An entertaining and informative demonstration by Mark Baker, editor of the very popular Woodturning Magazine. A lot of good new and used tips and tricks of the woodturning trade were shown for the Colchester Woodturners to take away and try themselves.

Mark demonstrated woodturning of 2 lidded vessels and how to minimise wood grain tearing when turning bowls.

Click Here for the Woodturning Magazine Website.

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Ken Veal - Introduction to Wood Carving

July 2016, British Woodcarvers Association

Thank you to Ken for an interesting evening about woodcarving. The wood carvings that Ken brought to the demonstration were exceptional.

Please head over to our Gallery to see what we are talking about. 

The British Woodcarvers association exists to advance and promote the art and craft of wood carving and sculpture in all its forms, to encourage the exchange of ideas between members, promote best practice and to enable wood carvers and sculptors to promote their work to a wider audience.

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Hands On Meeting & Club Competition

June 2016, hands on evening and club competition

First off,..........a big thankyou to all members that participated in the club competition, The wands that were created were fantastic in everyway and the level of craftmanship was very impressive, I think "Harry Potter" would have had a hard time choosing one!

 

Well done to the competition winner and all runners up.

The Colchester Woodturners club hands on evening was well attended with a good turn out of lathes, 5 in total. Thankyou to our demonstrators making this an enjoyable evening.

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Website Update - Items For Sale

May 2016, Colchester Woodturners Website

Good News!

 

Colchester Woodturners now have the ability for club members to sell any items they no longer use through our Colchester Woodturners website. Contact the club Treasurer for details or ask for information at the next club meeting - 6th June 2016.

The Colchester Woodturners club also welcomes our new joiners to the club, and hope they enjoy the events planned for the rest of the year.

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Roy Clarke Demonstration

January 2016, Colchester Woodturners

Happy new year from Colchester Woodturners.

 

Colchester Woodturners chairman Roy Clarke demonstrated how to re-use an old bowls ball into a great woodturned mallet. In true Roy fashion he showed his tips and tricks for a fun evening of woodturning.

It was great to see all the new vistors to our first meet in 2016, and we hope you all enjoyed the evening and hope to see you again.

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Annual Club Competition

December 2015, Colchester Woodturners

Colchester Woodturners annual competition for an inlaid platter had alot of fantastic entries this year, thanks to the members that participated. The competition winner decided that next years annual competition will be:: a turned box, maximum diameter 4", maximum height 6" including any finial.

All club members have until June to complete the additional club competition with the wood provided by the club to design a turned wand, no excuses! If you are a new member and require a piece of wood for the competition please speak to Roy Clarke.

 

Good luck!

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Charity Christmas Stall

6th December 2015, Colchester High Street

Colchester Woodturners annual Christmas stall broke all previous records at the Colchester Christmas Fair this year. The stall took a fantastic total of £1650.00 for St Helena Hospice, thankyou to everyone involved.

Every penny goes to the charity. No deductions of any sort are made and the operators of the fair, do not no charge for the stall and provide free electricity.
The standard of work donated is exceptional and the public of all ages are very happy to show their appreciation of the items made by buying lots of them.

 

Check our Gallery page for more photographs.

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Andy Coates Day Event

24th October 2015, Colchester Woodturners Club

We had the excellent Andy Coates come and demostrate at our club for an all day event on the 24th of October.

 

Andy produced 4 different items over the day, showing different ways and features that can be incorporated in to woodturning. It was great to see how fairly standard woodturned objects could be completely transformed with different ideas and products on the market.

Club member Alan Essam has kindly put together an overview of techniques shown on the day by woodturner Andy Coates. Click here to download.