Our next meeting will be on Wednesday the 5th of April and it will be our AGM
as well as being the open April competition night - bring something along to show on the table
As ever new members or prospective members are very welcome to come along and meet us at no cost :-)
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We have had a request from a lady who's mum will be 70 in May. She has always wanted to have a little go at wood turning so the lady would like to know if any of our members would be willing to give her a taster day and show her how to make something simple. She's in Northampton and is offering real folding money.
If anyone's interested drop me a line soon and I'll put you in touch.
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Welcome to the home page of West Northants Woodturners, a Northamptonshire woodturning club offering demonstrations, tuition and support to wood turners from Northampton, Weedon and the surrounding areas.
Mick Hanbury - Colour has been a bit of a theme in recent demos and Mick Hanbury continued with more colours and patterns. I have to admit to being a bit of what he described as a "purist" - I do like to see the wood rather than a load of paint - but Mick's enthusiasm, skill and creativity had me keen enough to buy some of his paints to play with!
A very interesting, informative and inspiring demo with some lovely pieces by someone who clearly loves both his turning and sharing his enthusiasm with other turners.
The dates for this year's Woodworks at Daventry have had to be changed due to the hall being double-booked on the Saturday. It will now be held on Thursday the 11th and Friday the 12th of May 2017. Lets hope that doesn't have too detrimental an effect on visitor numbers and give the show all the support we can. Start saving your pennies now to spend on nice new toys and wood!
We received the following message from Tudor Rose:
In 2017 the AWGB are celebrating their 30th Anniversary. To commemorate this we are holding a competition to be judged at Woodworks@Daventry on Friday 12th May. As regular attendees at woodworks you are invited to take part. What we are asking for is a model steam traction engine primarily of turned items and an overall length of 14" (350mm) to 16" (400mm). Free Plans can be found for a traction engine on the internet. This would be an ideal project for your members to undertake and we hope you will take part.
We will also invite other affiliated clubs of the AWGB in the midland region to take part in this competition. We will invite the chairman of the AWGB to judge this competition.
My Regards, Peter Carless, Secretary Tudor Rose Woodturners
Peter has sent me a rather comprehensive set of drawings which might help someone to make their traction engine very true to life. Let me know if you would like them and I will forward the pdf file or else print them out for you. Ian
Tom Knight provided us with an entertaining and informative evening showing us how to make his version of traditional Hogscraper Candlesticks. In a break with tradition his version is made of oak instead of metal. He demonstrated his simple but effective router jig for cutting the all-important slot up the side (picture below) and we watched as he went through the whole process of making and assembling all five parts. It was a novel and well executed piece made out of scraps of wood so pretty cheap to have a go at. Many thanks to Tom for an interesting evening which I think everyone enjoyed.
Annual General Meeting
Our next meeting, on the 5th of April, will be our Annual General Meeting.
As ever we need to elect a committee to keep the club going as well as going through the formalities of making sure the accounts are all in order etc. Some people have stood for election but there is always space for more so do give some thought to the idea of joining the committee and helping to run the club. It's not an arduous task as long as there are enough people sharing it out!
There will be an auction of tools and bits and pieces so dig out some bits that you don't use any more to sell and bring a few quid to buy some new stuff that you might find useful. I'll try to bring along a few turning blanks and some bits of wood and, being the first Wednesday of the month there will be all the fun of the competition. This is the first one of the new year so bring something along for the competition table. The covetted prize of Woodturner of the Year will be awarded after the AGM. Place your bets now ladies and gentlemen!
All in all a night worth making the effort to come along to.