Our club meets on the first Thursday evening of every month, at Snainton Woodworking Supplies, Barker's Lane, Snainton (near Scarborough in North Yorkshire).
We invite a range of top demonstrators, as well as running the occasional hands-on night, a Christmas party, and our annual general meeting. More....
The site is in development, being created and managed by Steve Fearnley, a club member since 2010. By the nature of its subject, it is very much a work in progress. Hopefully it will provide some interest to members and visitors alike. Contributions are very welcome.
Malcolm Dayson's photos whilst on holiday in Australia
Our club secretary Malcolm emailed a couple of photos of a shrub he spotted on his travels. These are banksia nuts growing in their native environment.
Notice of this year's Wizardry in Wood exhibition
The Worshipful Company of Turners of London will be holding their Wizardry in Wood exhibition in October. There are open competitions to go with the exhibition - more details are available on a pdf document.
George Lailey's lathe in The Museum of English Rural Life
This is the pole lathe that George Lailey (1869-1958) used until his death in 1958. He is said to be the last professional bowl turner to use a pole lathe for his work. Mentioned by Jim Wood in his demonstration in January. The museum is run by The University of Reading.
War memorial by Steve Fearnley
The war memorial I showed members back at the August AGM has now been installed. A small ceremony was held at Malton School on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday.
It was unveiled by Shaun Brosnan, a former Malton Grammar School student who is currently secretary of the local British Legion. More ...
Spindle steady by Dave Lowe
Dave's workshop at Snainton is a treasure trove of ideas. He showed me this steady that he had made recently, used for giving some support to longer spindle work to limit the vibration in the centre of the work.
The steady ring is made from MDF, with three hardwood struts fixed on by simple wingnut bolts. The wheels are from a roller blade picked up for a couple of pounds, and give perfect bearing running as well as cushioning.
Lighthouse by Albert Kitching
Another creation by Albert Kitching, brought in for viewing at the Wednesday evening session. All who know Albert's work will not be surprised to know that the lid and light sections are both screw threaded, one of Albert's trademarks. The light does of course work, though others looking on commented that they expected it to flash and rotate as well!
Large bowl by Rob Thompson
One of Rob Thompson's latest creations. I think it was a local show winner. A beautiful piece of elm burr, this one is about two feet in diameter. Ever searching for perfection, Rob commented that he just wished that the burr colouring had been lighter towards the rim.
Yo yo by Peter Emmerson
Club member Peter Emmerson brought along a yo-yo he had created. As with the spinning top, it was demonstrated to be in working order by Gordon trying to re-live his youth. The yo-yo was made from two different timbers. I cannot remember what Peter told me they were.
Humming top by Peter Emmerson
Club member Peter Emmerson brought along a humming top he had created. A similar top was in the woodturning magazine this month. The top has a small square hole which creates the hum. It was demonstrated to work.
Coffee pot by Peter Emmerson
Club member Peter Emmerson had a go at a coffee pot following the demonstration by Peter Osborn in May. He brought it along to the show and tell at the Annual General Meeting in August, and let other club members have a look at his creation. Peter has only been turning intermittently for a couple of years, but enjoyed the challenge of this form.
Thanks Peter - hopefully more members will share their work with others at club meetings.
Wheelwright's lathe in Hackett's Barn collection, Alford
Hackett's Barn is a museum stacked with items from bygone days either made or used in Alford, Lincolnshire. Amidst the clutter is an old man-driven wheelwright's lathe. Its bed must be 8 foot long, with a cogged track for the tailstock to roll on.
Square trenchers at Gainsborough Old Hall
On a recent visit to Gainsborough Old Hall, I spotted wooden trenchers laid out as if for a medieval feast. Notice the small circle in the corner for salt. I have been told before that this is the origin of the phrase "a square meal", but research suggests this is not the case, with the earliest recorded use of this phrase being the mid 1800s, and probably of American derivation. I found an interesting article about wooden plates from Robin Wood, who tells me there is a more up to date version in his recent book.
Gordon Malan sent a brief report of a full day demonstration by Irish turner Joe Laird at the Jorvik club. He is pictured here with a Celtic bowl. A couple more photographs are in the demonstrators' gallery.
Driffield Show exhibits
Gordon Malan sent in a handful of photographs and a brief description of the woodturning section of Driffield Show 2015. This picture is of Carol Knott's pierced bowl, which took second prize. More photos are in the main gallery.
Malton Show Winner
Gordon Malan's walnut winged bowl, which was awarded Best in Handicrafts section at Malton Show. Brian Wirgglesworth took 2nd and 3rd prize with a gavel and block and a carved spherical turning - in the main gallery.