Snainton Woodturning Club


Snainton Woodturning Club

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....

Site Manager

Steve Fearnley

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.

News

  • 15 November 2016 A write up of this month's demonstration by Randal Marr is now available. The last club demo at Snainton Woodworking Supplies. A sad day - I have enjoyed many excellent evenings here. Next month's party is at Snainton Village Hall, and so are all future demonstration nights. Hopefully we will be able to retain the quality, if not the workshop atmosphere.
  • 13 October 2016 A write-up of Paul Jones' visit, demonstrating skew chisel techniques, is now on the site.
  • 20 September 2016 A few photos from the exhibition at the weekend. As with last year, there was some superb work, and a great variety of items. £877 was collected from sales, with £175 going to club funds from the 20% levy.
  • DON'T FORGET The 2nd Club Exhibition and Sale is on Saturday and Sunday 17 - 18 September, at the Hill Institute in Thornton le Dale. 10 am - 4 pm. Some photos of last December's exhibition are on the site.
  • 6 Septemebr 2016 A report on Philip Greenwood's demonstration on 1 September. Ear ring holder.
  • 31 August 2016 A report on the AGM and subsequent Show and Tell session is now on the website. Also the calendar of events for the coming year has been updated, along with a few details about demonstrators.
  • 30 August 2016. Tony Taylor from Herts and Beds Woodturners sent me an article on making a vacuum chuck based on a vacuum cleaner rather than a compressor. He said I was welcome to share it with club members, so it is available on the site.
  • 13 July 2016 A write up and photos of the demonstration by Joey Richardson is now available.
  • 30 June 2016 A flyer about the Wizadry in Wood exhibition in London was sent to us. Available here.
  • 19 June 2016 Apologies for an even longer delay, but the report on another really good demonstration by Simon Hope on threadchasing is now on the website.
  • 14 May 2016 Apologies for the slight delay, but the report on Richard Findley's excellent demonstration of turning a table lamp is now on the site.
  • 24 April 2016 Following the successful club exhibition and sale last November, a date for a repeat performance has been set. John Whiteley has booked the Thornton Dale Hall for the weekend of 18-19 September. If anyone is prepared to help, and/or would like to submit items for display or sale, please let Gordon know.
  • 10 April 2016 A write up of Thursday's demonstration by Steve Fearnley is now available. Steve made a small trophy, and described how he adds inscriptions using pyrography, and how he uses a computer to generate these. Also a brief mention of how he photographs his work.
    Also a few notes on our chairman, Gordon Malan, have been added to the Profiles section. If any other members would like to describe themselves and their woodturning interests, please email Steve Fearnley who will happily put this on the site.
  • 4 March 2016 A write-up of last night's demonstration by Margaret Garrard is now available on the site. Margaret turned a small hollow form, and a sphere with holding block. An enjoyable evening watching a careful and precise craftswoman at work. Lots of spin-off ideas and tips.
  • 28 February 2016 I have added details of the final demonstrator to visit us in July this year. It will be Joey Richardson, who creates highly distinctive floral designs using carving, piercing, colouring, and more recently mixed media, adding cast glass, metal and photographs to her creations. She has visited us before, and there is a report of her May 2010 visit in the news archive.
  • 27 February 2016 We received some information about the Turners’ Company 2016 Competitions, which will take place in October and be held in conjunction with this year’s Wizardry in Wood exhibition. There are four Open Competitions and also competitions organised with the AWGB, Society of Ornamental Turners, Association of Polelathe Turners & Greenwood Workers and for members of the Turners’ Company. Further details either at an Eventbrite website, or on a pdf document available on this site.
  • 4 February 2016 An enjoyable and successful Hands On night was the order of the evening for this month's club night. Nine very different aspects of working in wood were presented by club members - really showing the wealth of talent present in our little club. Some photos and brief notes are available.
  • 4 February 2016 The missing calendar date for a demonstrator in April has been filled by Steve Fearnley, who will demonstrate and talk about trophy making, including how he pyrographs inscriptions and logos on the trophies.
  • 1 February 2016 More details on the forthcoming Hands on night, from Malcolm Dayson. Seven demonstrators: John Whiteley (hollowing), Dave Lowe (pyrography, colouring), Gordon Malan (chip carving), Albert Kitching (thread chasing, Sue Harker (basic coves & beads), Philip Greenwood (skew chisel), Peter Emmerson (flowers), John Nesom (Treadle powered table saw!!)
  • 8 January 2016 The latest demonstration was a little out of the ordinary, with Jim Wood showing how to build and use a pole lathe. Interesting for being different, but for the 7 new guests that came on the night, please don't think this is what all demonstrations are like - we usually look at more modern day techniques! Having said that, the next oe is different as well, being a Hands On Night, where you can either watch or have a go at a variety of tunring techniques on Snainton's lathes. Come suitably dressed if you intend to try something out.
  • 3 January 2016 With the Christmas break nearly over, I have finally found a little time to update the website with a report and some photographs from the club Christmas party and competition. With thanks to Gordon Malan for the material.
  • 30 November 2015 The club exhibition in Thornton le Dale took place over the weekend. A successful event despite the bad weather - some photos and brief details.
  • 5 November 2015 Another excellent club demonstration by Sue Harker - a segmented Christmas ornament.
  • 14 October 2015 There is a two-page feature article about our woodturning club in the Ryedale Gazette and Herald this week, with pictures of Dave, Sue and myself taken on a photo shoot at Snainton a couple of weeks ago, and some turned items. There are a couple of slight inaccuracies, the most significant being that the Open Day at Snainton on 24 October is not a club event as the article incorrectly says, but a Snainton Woodworking Supplies event.
    For non-members reading this, there will not be any woodturning demonstrations at the Saturday Open Day - the demos are of machinery and tools by Record Power and others, although there will be some carving demonstrated by Peter Berry. For a woodturning demo you need to come to Sue Harker's event on 5 November 2015, 7.30 pm.
  • 6 October 2015 A very entertaining demonstration by Les Thorne last week. Write-up now available.
  • 29 September 2015 A couple of events added to the Calendar - Snainton Open Day on 24 October, and the Harrogate Show on 20 - 22 November. Also two pictures opposite - Dave Lowe's work steady, and Albert Kitching's Lighthouse.
    Malton Gazette and Herald did a photo session about the Club on Wednesday (23 September) with the intention of running a double page feature article about us in the next couple of weeks. I will let people know if and when it appears.
  • 14 September 2015 A report on the September demonstration by Danny Woof is in the events section. Apologies for the delay in posting a write up, but I have been away on holiday for a week. Some photos of demonstration pieces he brought along are in the gallery.
    The list of demonstrators for the 2015-2106 season has been added to the Calendar page, along with a few details on the demonstrators who will be visiting.
    The minutes of the August AGM are available.
  • 14 August 2015 Some updates on last week's AGM are provided by Gordon Malan. Two significant changes were announced - firstly any club member is welcome to attend on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm , when Rob Thompson hosts a hands on night, with help available from professionals and experienced turners. Previously this has been restricted to those who had bought a lathe from Snainton, but Rob has generously relaxed this condition. Secondly non-members are invited to attend demonstrations free for two events, as a come and try it initiative. More details about these and other issues from the meeting.
  • 29 July 2015 Three reports by Gordon Malan on local events have been posted in the Messages section, with photos on the gallery page: the Joe Laird demonstation at the Jorvik club, Driffield Show and Malton Show.
  • 17 JUly 2015 Malcolm Dayson sent an agenda for the August AGM, and minutes of the last AGM.
  • 4 July 2015 Gordon Malan sent me a write up of an AWGB training day held on Saturday 4 July. The subject was off centre candlesticks, and the course leader was Sue Harker.
    More on the AWGB (The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain)
  • 2 July 2015 Ian Clarkson demonstrated techniques for bowl turning, and the club competition was a goblet.
    John Whiteley spoke before the meeting. It looks like we are having a club exhibition and sale at Thornton Dale village hall on Saturday and Sunday 28-29 November 2015. Expressions of support for the weekend were invited.
  • 20 June 2015 Dave Lowe did a Saturday demonstration back in May. I did not attend, but Gordon Malan sent me a few photos of Dave's examples of colouring and texturing techniques.
  • 19 June 2015 Back from another few days away, this time up in the Durham Dales near Barnard Castle. Photos and brief notes from Mick Hanbury's demonstration are at last on the site, as are a few photos of the competition entries - an off-centre piece.
  • 14 June 2015 Apologies once again for the delay in reporting on the last club demonstration (Mick Hanbury). I have been away for a few days. I will be completing a report with the usual photos in the next couple of days.
    At the evening, John Whiteley proposed a club sale/exhibition to be held at Thornton Dale Village Hall. More details are available here.
  • Malcolm Dayson emailed to pass on details of a demonstration by Joe Laird at Jorvik Club, Earswick, Saturday 25 July.
  • Our next demonstrator (2 July) is Ian Clarkson.
  • 29 May 2015 Philip Greenwood let me know that the next club competition is an off-centre piece.
  • 24 May 2015 Apologies to all for the lack of a report on the last club meeting, but I was away on holiday so did not attend. Thankfully Gordon Malan sent me some photos and a brief summary, so a report on the demonstration by Peter Osborn, and on the competition are now available.
  • 2 April 2015 Gerry Marlow was demonstrating at club night this month. The competition this month was a natural edge item, and some photos are available as usual on the site.
    Woodcraft at Snainton Opening
    During the tea-break Dave Lowe opened up his new workshop and studio to members: tucked away at the end of the wood store, Dave has set out an impressive woodturning haven. It is always fascinating to look at other people's workshops - a few photos are on Dave's profile page. Perhaps members should take some photos of their own workshops and send them in for sharing on the website? I think I would have to tidy mine up a little before attempting this.
    Next time you are in the shop, why not go and have a nosy around Woodcraft - say hello to Dave, and gain some inspiration from the workshop and the gallery.
    Club Membership Survey
    Chairman Philip Greenwood put out a short notice to all members, which he asked me to repeat here. Numbers attending this particular demonstration were actually pretty good, but other evenings through the year have been on the low side, and Philip is looking for explanations, and for ideas of how to increase turnout, and how to move the club forward and maintain its viability. Are there changes you would like to see? An earlier start and finish time? Different types of demo? Or if you have comments on anything regarding attendance and events, or if you have any suggestions for attracting new members, please contact Phil by email at Philip@greenwoodcrafts.co.uk or by phone 01751 417089.
  • 25 March 2015 Pete Osborn contacted me to let us know that he has recently set up a website. He is demonstrating a coffee pot for us in May. You can see examples of his coffee pots and his other work on his website, together with more information about him, at http://peteosborn.wix.com/peteosborn
  • 6 March 2015 Some notes and photographs from last night's demonstration by Paul Jones. Also a photo-frame bowl by Albert Kitching
  • 19 February 2015 Some photographs by Gordon Malan of John Whiteley's demonstration, and the Hollow Form competition, have been added.
  • 18 February 2015 At the Snainton woodturning evening tonight Vince Lees told me that Mark Raby has died this week, aged 58. I know very little extra detail, but I am sure we all send our sympathies to his family.
  • 5 February 2015 In the latest series of guess who is doing the demo tonight, many thanks go to John Whiteley for moving forward his demo from July, to cover the advertised Dave Lowe, who did his demo in November to cover for Mark Raby's absence. A report on John's spiral turning, and on the hollow form competition entries is now on the site.
  • 10 January 2015 A few photographs and comments from last Thursday's Hands On Night are now on the site, as are the results of the latest club competition.
    Changes to the committee were announced. Philip Greenwood is taking over as chairman. Bob Ingram is taking over as Treasurer. Thanks were given to Graham Harker and Steve Etherington for their work in these posts over the last couple of years.
  • 5 January 2015 A few hints and comments on pyrography are available on a sheet, in connection with the Hands on Night this week. Some examples are available at http://www.oldfern.co.uk/wood/pyro.html
  • 20 December 2014 Time has finally permitted the uploading of pictures from the Christmas competition. Many of the subtitles added are guesswork, so any corrections or additions would be very welcome.
  • 4 December 2014 I attended the club Christmas party last night but had to leave early. However I did take photos of all the exhibitis, and these will appear on the site eventually. For now, just the winners of the three categories on a very brief page about the Christmas competition.
  • 10 November 2014 I think I have fixed the bug for IE9. Please let me know if you have a problem.
  • 9 November 2014 Apologies - the drop down menus and the zoom in for photos does not appear to be working correctly on Internet Explorer. It works on Firefox and Safari. Struggling to find out why.
  • 6 November 2014 Mark Raby unfortunately could not attend again (already postponed from September), due to family illness. Thankfully Dave Lowe was able to step in and do the demonstration he had scheduled for February. He turned a balanced bowl and an unbalanced bowl. More details. The second club night competition, a bud vase, was won by Keith Hart.
  • 11 October 2014 Gordon Malan sent details of a woodturning demonstration by Greek turner, Nikos Siragas, at Hemlington, near Middlesbrough, on Sunday 9 November 2014, 10-4 pm. Tickets £5. More details
  • 2 October 2014 Margaret Garrard demonstration - grass pot and salt spoon - write-up available. Also the first club night competition - 'A bowl'. 1st Gordon Malan. 2nd Keith Hart. 3rd John Whiteley
  • 28 September 2014 Domain name registered as www.snaintonwoodturningclub.org.uk , and site uploaded to the internet.
  • 19 September 2014 Website structure completed.
  • 4 September 2014 Mark Raby should have been demonstrating colouring and finishing techniques. And enrolment night for the new year. In the event, Mark Raby didn't appear, double booked at Yandles show. Philip Greenwood stood in. I was on holiday, so I am not sure what Philip did.
  • 3 August 2014 Snainton Woodworking Supplies hosted a demonstration day with Mark Baker, 10.00 - 4.00 pm

Gallery additions

Malcolm Dayson's photos whilst on holiday in Australia

Banksia nuts Banksia nuts

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

Wizardry in Wood

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

Lailey lathe

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

War memorial

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

Lathe steady

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

Turned wooden lighthouse

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

Elm burr bowl

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

Yo yo

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

Humming top

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

Coffee pot

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

Wheelwright's lathe

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

Square trenchers

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.

Joe Laird

Celtic Bowl Joe Laird

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

Photo frame bowl

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

Walnut winged bowl

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.

Photo frame bowl idea.

Photo frame bowl

Albert Kitching brought along his picture frame bowl to the last demonstration night. It is turned with a separate bead, which holds a piece of glass (cut to a circle by Calvert's in Malton), which in turn holds a photo.