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Burnham-on-sea          Woodturning Club

Meeting Reviews

October 2019 - Liz Kent

September 2019 - John Blake

August 2019 - Sandra Adams

July 2019 - Chris Foweraker

June 2019 - Paul Sweet

May 2019 - George Foweraker

April 2019 - Bryan Milham

March 2019 - Mark Sanger

February 2019 - George Foweraker

January 2019 - Paul Sweet

November 2018 - Jason Breach

October 2018 - Colwin Way

September 2018 - John Blake

August 2018 - Paul Sweet

July 2018 - Mark Sanger

June 2018 - John Lancaster

April 2018 - Liz Kent

March 2018 - Paul Hannaby

January 2018 - George Foweraker

November 2017 - Jason Breach

October 2017 - Tony George

September 2017 - Bryan Milham

September 2017 - AWGB

August 2017 - Mark Hancock

June 2017 - John Aitken

April 2017 - Chris Foweraker

March 2017 - Mark Sanger

February 2017 - George Foweraker

January 2017 - Paul Sweet

November 2016 - Jason Breach

October 2016 - Bryan Milham

September 2016 - Mark Sanger

August 2016 - Keith Fenton

July 2016 - George Foweraker

June 2016 - Chris Foweraker

June 2016 - Stuart Mortimer

April 2016 - Pete Moncrieff-Jury

March 2016 - Mark Sanger

February 2016 - Ray Blake

January 2016 - George Foweraker

December 2015 - Nick Agar

November 2015 - Paul Hannaby

October 2015 - George Foweraker

September 2015 - Mark Sanger

August 2015 - Jason Breach

July 2015 - Chris Foweraker

June 2015 - Nick Agar

August 2019 - Sandra Adams

This was Sandra Adams’s first visit to our club. She hails from the North Devon Woodturners Club and is on the Register of Professional Woodturners.

Her main demonstration for the evening was the making of flowers out of branchwood in this case ash. Some of her work and a previously made bunch of flowers is shown below …


Bulrush …

Mounting a slim piece of branchwood about 6” long, with previously drilled holes at both ends to eventually take pieces of thin dowel, the bark was removed using a spindle roughing gouge and then the ends slightly rounded over to imitate the shape of the bullrush.

Top Tip 1 - Sandra rarely uses a spindle gouge preferring to use small and large bowl gouges.

Then sand , don’t seal, but go straight to polishing, in this case using Fiddes polish. If not a tight fit glue a long piece of dowelling for the stalk and a short piece on the top.

Flower e.g. convolvulus type …

Using a larger (c. 4” diam) piece of branchwood …

Top Tip 2 - when parting off, using the side edge of the tool creates a sharper finish

Poppy seed head …

Using a medium sized log (c. 3” diam) …

The flowers are then assembled into a bunch along with a real head of corn and a strand of willow, soaked a then rolled around a rolling pin and dried. The result is a very attractive display which can be sold as is or fixed in an appropriate wooden vase …

Sandra then demonstrated the techniques she uses to create her dyed bowls. Using water based dyes rather like one would do wet washes in water colour painting

Top Tip 3 - keep wet so no harsh lines are created

Top Tip 4 - fully finish the outside of the bowl first so that the dyes do not run into the outside

Finally, using similar techniques to the above, Sandra made an onion shaped vase …

Thanks to Sandra for her demo using unusual and previously unseen subject matter. I shall look more closely now at the flower shapes in my garden to create a variety of flower shapes.

David Langan