Issue 83 Summer 2015

 

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WOODWORD The official magazine of Trent Valley Woodturners ISSUE 83 SUMMER 2015 2015, The Year of Change:  A new home  New tools  A New video system  A new look magazine FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW At last we have moved our activities to the new clubhouse. The change was not quite a dramatic as the change from this beautiful old wooden lathe, with its huge flywheel/drive pulley to this modern three phase with inverter motor, electronic speed control lathe with everything the modern turner would want. A very big thank you to all the people who made the transition possible. Trent Valley Woodturners, adjacent to: Kegworth Village Hall, Nottingham Road, Kegworth, DE74 2EH WHAT A LOT YOU CAN DO WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE LOTTERY Inside this issue: Thanks to a grant from the big lottery fund, we now have a new video system so that everyone can see what the demonstrator is doing, even those sitting at the back of the room. Even in a low definition picture like this it is possible to see what is on the screen. The Opening David Hanlon Emma Cole Ken Allen 6 9 11 14

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CONTENTS PAGE No 3 Dates for your diary 2015 (Wednesday Club nights) Dates for your diary 2015 (Saturday and Thursday ‘hands on’) 4 Monthly programme 5 Trent Valley Trading 6 The Official Opening 8 Forthcoming Shows and Events & Hidden Talents 9 David Hanlon— the April demonstration 11 Emma Cole—the May Demonstration 12 The French Connection 13 The Tool Box 14 Ken Allen—the June demonstration 17 From the joke cupboard SPONSORS 5 13 18 19 20 21 Charnwood The Studio Jewellery Shop The Tool Post Chestnut Products The Tool Shop Turners’ Retreat 2

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2015 WEDNESDAY CLUB NIGHT Jan 14th Mar 11th May 13th July 8th Sep 9th Nov 11th Feb 11th April 8th June 10th Aug 12th Oct 14th Dec 10th Note: Thursday See Club Website for more details ‘Hands on’ Saturday th 17 January 14th February 14th March 11th April 16th May 13th June 11th July 15th August 12th September 17th October 14th November 12th December ‘Hands on’ Thursday th 29 January 26th February 26th March 30th April 28th May 25th June 30th July 27th August 24th September 29th October 26th November (31st) December See calendar at the end of the magazine for an overview Charnwood have woodturning and woodworking show on Saturday 15th August from 10.00 until 4.00 with lots of demonstrations and a free BBQ. See their website for more details. The Tool Post will have open days on the 7th and 8th of November with demonstrations by Gerry Marlow and Jason Breach. 3 Sponsor Dates

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Monthly Programme 2015 Date January 14th February 11th March 11th April 8th May 13th June 10th July 8th August 12th September 9th October 14th November 11th December 10th Demonstrator Paul Jones Maggie Cooper AGM + Members Night David Hanlon Emma Cook Ken Allen Guy Ravine Paul Bellamy Alan Truman Mick Hanbury ‘LAST CHANCE’ night SOCIAL Note: Thursday 4

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TRENT VALLEY TRADING There is a substantial quantity of woodturning accessories available for purchase at discounted prices from the shop. It is planned that, after the move, a new, updated list showing quantities and prices of equipment will be published in the next edition of this magazine. Also available is a range of clothing with the club logo. Useless information The charcoal briquette was invented by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison as a way of using up the scrap wood left over from building cars. There are forty nine different foods mentioned in the Bible. The average raindrop falls at about 7 m.p.h. 5

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OPENING CEREMONY 16th May 2015 Founder member Reg Read (left) cuts the ribbon at the opening. On April 13th the club finally packed up its bags from the old wooden shed behind the Community Centre on the Dragwell and relocated to the wonderful new workshop adjacent to Kegworth Village Hall. After a few hectic weeks trying to find a home for all of the twenty plus years collection of lathes and tools the workshop was finally ready for the Opening Ceremony on Saturday 16th of May. It was pleasing to see so many members and friends attend this informal gathering to celebrate the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the clubs history. The club has been very fortunate in having the support of The Big Lottery Fund, East Midlands Airport, Ratcliffe Power Station, Leicestershire County Council, Wreake Valley Craftsmen, Kegworth Parish Council, Kegworth Village Hall, and all its members and friends who contributed to the successful completion of the new workshop. Founder members Reg Read (left) and Hugh Philip (Right) Peter Allen, Shirley & Reg Slack Barbara Rundle Aptil 2015 6

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Hidden Talents Pause for a moment when you approach the entrance to the new clubhouse; look up a little and what do you see? Yes, a beautiful stone plaque depicting the club logo, carved by our own Vic Taft. Vic told me that he was given entry to a stone carving course, as a birthday present. He has certainly made good use of his skills and added something unique to our new home. Come on in but keep your eyes open and you will find another superb carving, this one from the hand (or should that be chisel?) of Lynne Stubbins. Do we have two potential demonstrators hiding in out midst? What other hidden talents are there in our club. Thank you Lynne and Vic. FORTHCOMING SHOWS AND EVENTS 2015 NEWARK 27th/28th March REMPSTONE STEAM RALLY BEACON HILL SUTTON BONINGTON ELVASTON CASTLE 11th /12th July August Bank Holiday Monday First Sunday in September (6th) Mid Sept ADVERTISING SPONSORS The advertising revenue received from our Sponsors is used to cover expenditure associated with maintaining the Club’s Website. All members are encouraged to check out all of our sponsors and to make themselves known when placing any orders. 8

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The Baz and Jean Report Baz checked in last month to say that he, Jean and the two cats had settled in well, as they should having owned the house for 15 years. The current task is the conversion of part of the building to form a dining room with a bedroom above. The building is about 300 years old, stone build and here you can see the team hard at work inserting new oak beams. It’s not all work though. Baz has just met someone local who is starting a wood turning club! He says all the prospective members are about his age and he is sure that they will get something going. We expect more news from Baz and Jean for the next issue. 12

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The Tool Box Do you have a favourite tool, one that is always close to hand? Is it something from the past that is no longer available and unknown to most people? Why not share your secret and tell your fellow members about it? One of mine is the humble Woden Push Pin; anyone remember that! This one must be about 50 years old. It still works and is much better than an electric tacker for delicate work. I don’t think that it cost more than £1 but there is a second hand one on ebay at the moment for £13.50. I’m not selling! 13

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Club meeting on Wednesday 10th June 2015 Demonstration by Ken Allen Despite being delayed by heavy traffic and an accident on the A50, Ken was remarkably unflustered as he came in to the new clubhouse to start his demonstration. Chatting, while getting the lathe set up to his liking, he talked about artefacts’ recovered from the Mary Rose and showed us a beautiful reproduction of an oak, lidded tankard, typical of those that would have been used by sailors. He pointed out that the staves were of varying sizes, showing that it had been made from odd scraps of wood. Whilst a vessel of this type would have been adequate for the seamen, the officers would have demanded something finer and more sophisticated. They would have imbibed from turned wooded vessels, lined with pitch and known as mazers. If anyone is interested in learning more about these, here is a link to an interesting article by Robin Wood: www.robin-wood.co.uk/pdf/mazer_history.pdf Ken selected a piece of cherry, which he estimated had an 18% moisture content, mounted it between centres and roughed it down to about 2½ “ diameter. He said that the height of the tool rest was not too important as long as one could rest the heel of the bevel on the work and was at a comfortable height to raise the handle of the gouge. He turned a spigot on one end, using a ¼“ parting tool, mounted the work in a chuck and removed the tailstock. While doing this he pointed out the need to be relaxed while turning. Tension in the arms and shoulders would prevent good shaping. Setting the lathe to about 2,000 r.p.m. Ken started hollowing with a 1/4“ spindle gouge. When turning end grain, he prefers to work from the rim to the centre. He makes sure that he has the bevel rubbing and engages the edge very gentle to avoid any snatching. He makes the cut just above the centre line and rolls the gouge over at the end of the cut to take out the pip. He would normally sand at this point and make sure that he had taken off the sharp edge of the rim. 14

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