Last Updated: 11 February 2018
February 8th - Andy Coates
March 8th - Tom Kittle
April 12th - Simon Hope
May 17th - Mick Hanbury
June 14th - Colin Smith
July 12th - Mark Baker
August 9th - TBA
September 13th Paul Howard
October 11th Richard Findley
November 8th - Darren Breeze
Saturday, May 12th
Mutford Village Hall
North of England Woodworking and
Power Tool Show
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show
Newark Showground Nottingham NG24 2NY
Weird and Wonderful Wood
10.30am - 5pm
Haughley Park, Wetherden, Nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3JY
On January 20th the club hosted a second training day sponsored by the AWGB and tutored by Paul Howard. The objective was to turn a lidded box with burr inlay and ring, whilst maintaining good tool control and in a safe manner. The six trainees, four from within the club one from Cambridgeshire and one from Lincolnshire, had all received a detailed drawing in advance but there was still considerable trepidation when they saw the piece they were to make. Before getting started and with the first coffee of the day in hand, Paul went through the Health and Safety side of things ensuring everyone had the correct attire for the job.
Accuracy was very important and everyone managed to keep the "oh dear" cuts to a minimum. The trainees were supported and encouraged by club committee members who were on hand to help where required.
The beech blank was turned from square to cylindrical and spigots formed at each end, enabling the top to be parted off and the bottom hollowed out. Most of the trainees had not used carbide tipped tools before and were very impressed by how easy and quickly material could be removed, I suspect that Simon Hope will be receiving orders shortly.
The day was split into three sections with Paul demonstrating what was required and waiting for all trainees to complete that stage before progressing to the next.
It was clear from the expressions and friendly banter that the course was a renowned success with all trainees completing the task and with comments like "I wished I lived nearer I would be here every month", "I never believed I could do this" and "I've learned so much and will try to put it into practice".
The club thanks Paul for his patience and professional performance which was excellent throughout the day. The sponsorship by the AWGB made the course financially viable without their help it wouldn't have happened.
In the days following the course we have received a number of emails expressing appreciation for an enjoyable day.
Trainees from left to right: Chris Parkin, Robin Evans, Paul Howard (Instructor),
Alan Duff, Ray Skipper, Nick Chudasama, Bob Shepherd