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Burnham-on-sea          Woodturning Club

Meeting Reviews

November 2019 - Colwin Way

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

November 2019 - Colwin Way

We were delighted to welcome Colwin back to our club and he offered us a number of demo alternatives on which we voted as follows …


This was a greenwood turning project which had us on the edge of our seats as the thickness of the stem got increasingly narrow!


Top Tip 1 - once down to thinness don’t turn the lathe off as the torque generated as a result of start/stop will cause breakage.


Colwin explained that he uses a combination of wood and resin to make attractive pendants and lights etc. He showed examples of some blanks and the processes involved. However, to demonstrate the making of a pendant with an offset hole he used a laburnum blank of about 50mm diameter and 4mm thickness which had been sliced on a bandsaw.

Christmas Carousel

The final demonstration was the making of a Christmas Carousel. Colwin showed the making of one of each of the components - the complete piece would take of the order of 2 days!

The dimensions and construction guide were fully described in a 2-part article in the Nov & Dec Woodturning magazine issues 311/312.

Top Tip 1 - make all the constituent parts a tightish fit so that the carousel can be disassembled after Christmas for safe storage during the year

Top Tip 2 - run all appropriate pieces through a thickness planar

Top Tip 3 - to decorate the candle holders use a thread chaser tpo get an evenly spaced design

Top Tip 4 - when tidying thin pieces turn inwards from the edges to avoid breakout

Top Tip 5 - when drilling the centre column with the fine drill - drill slowly and constantly remove the swarf from the drill to minimise drift which would seriously affect the rotating ability of the shaft

Top Tip 6 - when drilling the 12 holes in the edge of the centre boss use a drill jig mounted in the toolrest post and the indexing facility on the lathe

The speed with which Colwin demonstrated the making of the parts was breathtaking!. I suspect that duplicating the parts to get a matching set was possibly not as quick and like all such tasks, accuracy in preparing the blanks is key.

Thanks to Colwin for a fascinating and very instructive evening from a superb demonstrator.

David Langan