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April 27th

Another interesting evening. This time almost everyone was making small natural edged bowls, including one of our youngest members.

April 10th – Nick Agar Day

I think this goes down as unforgettable day and it is a great shame that so many members missed it. Nick is a consumate demonstrator blending world renowned skill with a lively sense of humour.

Nick started off by turning a simple bowl / platter and then proceeded to show us several very effective ways to decorate it and develop our own unique styles.

Dave Brookes has done so well with his photography that I think we need to start an Articles page to do the day and his pictures justice.

March 23rd meeting

BHT JOHN AITKENAt our recent meeting on Wednesday we played host to John Boyne Aitken. Otherwise known as ‘The Bowler Hatted Turner’ He provided an excellent evening domo showing his take on a strung needle case and a coffee / salt scoop both of which needed special holding chucks to be made.

John is an excellent professional turner and a great demonstrator pitching his talk and demo at just the right level. We enjoyed it greatly.

New Club Competition

At our recent AGM Peter Hemsley ( The Toolpost.co.uk ) announced that he would offer two £50 vouchers as prizes for a new club competition ( i.e. one as a beginners prize and one for more experienced turners ) He suggested that the turning should be a new work ( not published or entered in any other competition ) and that if entries were delivered to ‘The Toolpost’ in advance he would award the prizes at our August meeting which is traditionally held at the shop.

To use Peters own words…. He likes good styling and the prizes are unlikely to be won just because a turning is nice and shiny. It has to ‘look good’

January Meeting

Back to business as usual after the Christmas festivities with a hands on, or workshop, evening with some of the lathes using beads and coves to make bud vases and other forms of spindle practice.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry Cribbens ( retiring secretary) and Alan Pouting (retiring committee member ) for their many years of service to the club. At the same time we welcome Andy King as the new secretary.

Club secretary. Andy King

Club secretary. Andy King

It was nice to see pieces being brought in for the ‘exhibition table’ We should do more of this and make it a bit of a showpiece. Perhaps even have a certificate or some such for the ‘Chairman’s choice ‘ …… What do you think ? Leave a comment

November 26 Meeting

Another of our popular ‘Hands On’ meetings, this time making little Christmas decorations and lots of shavings and dust that appear to have covered the camera lens :).

If we were ever wondering if the community shop was worthwhile the 8 new visitors to the club answered the question.

A Fantastic Week

Abibgdon Shop

Our week in the Abingdon community shop is over and I think it is safe to say that we are all stunned by the interest shown. It was a rare moment to see the shop without an admiring group of men, women and children  coming in to watch and ask about the club. It remains to be seen how many new members the club has attracted but by any standard this has to be claimed as a roaring success.

Abingdon Shop

We are going to be displaying / demo’ing / generally showing off in the community shop in the Abingdon precinct ( next to Lloyds chemist ) on Monday November 16th then Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November. Come and have a look and a chat.

October’s meeting

Wow, this was the busiest meeting I have seen so far. Big and small bowls being made on two of the lathes and this months project of a block and gavel being pursued on the other three. Lots of visitors seeing what was going on and having a go. Great fun.

Hands On

At our recent ‘Hands On’ evening Peter Helmsley from the Didcot based Toolpost.co.uk


was demonstrating his take on an off centre turned candlestick to several of the other newer and more experienced turners.


Our next meeting is on

Wednesday October 26th

7.30pm - approx 10.00pm

in the village hall at Harwell.

This is a 'Hands On - Workshop' evening

Practice / learn / demo any turning you wish or concentrate on this months special project of a tealight holder.

Bring your own tools & smock etc if you have them.

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A selection from the Club gallery

  • Club demo at Didcot Town Fayre 2015

A selection from the members galleries

  • Small box in English Figured Walnut.

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