Monday, 28 April 2014

Demo night 28th April

We've had a talk and demo on longbow making and their history and use tonight from the very knowledgeable bowyer Callum Youngson. He brought along a number of completed bows and a stave to demonstrate technique on, plus his tools etc.
Next meeting is hands on, on the 12th May.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Beginner's book recommendation

A few people have asked me recently where I learned what I have about turning, and while I'm by no means a particularly experienced turner, this book was recommended to me when I first started out and I don't hesitate to further pass on that recommendation.

Cover of Woodturning - A Foundation Course by Keith Rowley
The book is Woodturning - A Foundation Course by Keith Rowley. I found a copy in my local library network in Wigan then bought my own a few weeks later. It starts from absolute basics and moves on to some fairly advanced techniques.

The book is available from (among other places)

Submit your book recommendations to and I'll include them here.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Lively hands-on night, 14th April 2014

The newly instituted AV corner showing wood craft videos
Bill Makin showing a new member the basics of turning while
club Chairman Fred Worthington tutors another.
Lots going on tonight. Four lathes at one end, instructional videos at the other, Brian selling pen turning equipment and consumables, Russell selling Abranet abrasives on behalf of the club, more wood for sale in the centre, tea and coffee ready for later while people peruse the monthly table of members' work. The pictures don't really do the activity level on the night justice here. 

Wood and pen supplies for sale

We had three new members/visitors having a go at turning on the four lathes for the first time and probably about 50 members present total, which is the most I've seen since I joined.