Programme of Events for 2009
All Demonstrations take place in the Grain Loft, from 7pm until around 10pm, doors open from 6pm.
Write-ups of the demo evenings can be found in Club Night Reports.
All Hands-on sessions take place in the Grain Loft, from 6pm until 9’ish.
|8 January||Demonstration||Robin Wood with
his pole lathe
|Robin is an internationally respected wood worker specialising in use of local timbers and traditional techniques, but with a distinctive modern twist. Using a foot-powered lathe, Robin turns stylish, but functional bowls and plates. His extensive research into the history of the craft led to publication of the definitive book on the history of the wooden bowl. www.robin-wood.co.uk|
|22 January||Hands on|
|ASK Tools stock a wide range of tools and machinery dedicated
to the serious wood turner and wood worker. They have a wealth
of wood turning experience and can help beginners and advanced
woodturners with woodturning chisel and lathe selection, advice
on all aspects of woodturning from deep hollowing to pen making.
If you want Russell to bring you anything (portable!) please let him know well in advance. www.asktools.co.uk – email@example.com
|26 February||Hands on|
|12 March||Club AGM||AGM night - discussion about the Club's activities over the past year and selection of our charity to sponsor for the next 12 months.|
|26 March||Hands on|
|Bob Chapman||Bob is one of our “favourites” and back again by popular
request. He has been chosen to be one of the main attractions
at the 2009 AWGB Seminar – proof, if any were needed, of his
skill both as a woodturner and demonstrator – the two don’t
necessarily go together! Bob says – “When I meet other
woodturners for the first time they sometimes ask me what I
make. No matter how many times it happens, it always confounds
me. I want to say that I'll make 'anything you want, as long
as it’s round', after the style of Henry Ford's 'any colour
you like, so long as it’s black', but the question makes me
feel inadequate because I haven't got that 'single item' speciality
that seems to be expected of me.”
|23 April||Hands on|
|14 May||Demonstration||Ian Clarkson||Ian is another of our favourites - he works from his home
studio in picturesque Hebden Bridge in the southern Pennines,
producing hollow forms, bowls, platters and sculptural forms,
working almost entirely in British timbers. Finishes range from
light oiling of the natural wood to metal leaf, coloured stains
and blowtorching. Many of his pieces are domestic in size
but he also produces larger pieces suitable for reception areas,
boardrooms, offertory plates and conversation pieces.
|28 May||Hands on|
|Tom Allison &
|Tom Allison and Walt Claxton are two popular “old” members
of the club - Walt being our Chairman, who have been persuaded
to step up to the lathe and demonstrate some home grown talent.
Both extremely skilled, so we should be in for a good evening.
Please note that this was originally scheduled to be Tom & Geoff Chapman, but Geoff's a bit poorly, so Walt has stepped in for this evening's demo.
|25 June||Hands on|
|9 July||Demonstration||Andrew Hall||Andrew has taught woodworking and associated crafts to apprentices
for over twenty years, and now teaches privately in his workshop
at home. After reading an article in Woodturning magazine
about JoHannes Michelson, a turner in America, who made full
size hats that could be worn he was inspired to try it himself,
but his attempts took on a new dimension once he
had seen JoHannes demonstrate.
He is an entertaining and relaxed presenter and his hats are fantastic!
|16 July||Hands on|
|Joey Richardson||Joey feels very strongly that wood, as a medium for art, is greatly undervalued. She is enthusiastically working to promote wood art in the UK, with the support of the Worshipful Company of Turners. Utilising her skills of airbrushing colour, piercing and texturing she has actively sought to marry her art into her work. Her work is recognised in the USA as well as in the UK and she is in four private collections in America. www.joeyrichardson.com|
|27 August||Hands on|
|10 September||Demonstration||Sue Harker||Sue turned professional and started to demonstrate her “signature” open segment and involuted turning in 2006. Through popular demand she now produces and sells a range of open segment wheels. In January 2007 she was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners run by the Worshipful Company of Turners, London and in late March of 2007 was awarded a bursary by them. The Bursary has enabled her to set up her web site and finance the production of a DVD. www.sueharker.com|
|24 September||Hands on|
|Margaret Garrard||Margaret started woodturning as a hobby in 1995. By 2000 it developed into a business incorporating a wide range of wooden items and she has done all kinds of work, from lawn mower rollers to a tabernacle for Windsor College Chapel; table legs, bed knobs and broomsticks... bowls are somewhere in-between. From there her creative bent took over. Not content with wood turning, she developed piercing and complex designs, her inspiration drawn from the natural forms she observed on her long walks in the dales. This has earned her prizes in International competitions; her work can now be seen in The Daniel Collection, London. www.margaretgarrard.co.uk|
|22 October||Hands on|
|12 November||Demonstration||Clive Brooks of
|Clive and the Robert Sorby / Turner’s Retreat Team need no introduction. Friends of the Sheffield Woodturning Club, they are always welcome, and always have something new to show us. www.robert-sorby.co.uk|
|26 November||Hands on|
|10 December||Christmas party time||Please bring some food and drink!|
|Nikos Siragas||An artistic woodturner and carver, master craftsman Nikos
Siragas operates a gallery and workshop in the town of Rethymno,
on the beautiful Greek island of Crete. He uses local woods
- in particular olive, carob, eucalyptus, plane tree, and orange.
"There are other interesting woods that I use when I can get
hold of them," he says. "Pink siris, pistachio, mastic, and