Programme of Events for 2010

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.

Date Event Presenter Comments
14 January Hands on    
28 January Demonstration Margaret Garrard Hot on the heels of her superb demo for us just three months ago, we have invited Margaret back to entertain and challenge us again. This time she will demonstrate piercing and painting techniques. Margaret is so innovative and well-prepared that it is a pleasure to watch her work, and members leave her demo inspired to try something different.
11 February Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Colin Fishwick Colin is a teacher and demonstrator of traditional and contemporary woodturning, who used to be a teach in both Secondary and Adult Education. During a session when Jimmy Clewes was teaching his son, his own interest in woodturning was kindled and he quickly sought knowledge and skills wherever they could be found. Recommended by a member, we look forward to an interesting evening.
25 February Hands on    
11 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.
25 March Hands on
8 April Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Sarah Thirlwell Sarah uses recycled and reclaimed materials such as yogurt pots, vending cups and reclaimed acrylic and plywood to produce a range of vessels, jewellery and functional interior products for domestic and commercial interiors.
This is completely different from anything the club have seen before so it should be an interesting night.
22 April Hands on   A ‘one-off’ special for tonight - Mark Raby will be joining us to show off his finishing techniques. What Mark doesn’t know about finishing, as they say, “Isn’t worth knowing” - if you’ve ever wondered, oil, wax, sanding sealer; spray it, brush it, use a cloth, he’s got all the answers - Don’t miss it!
13 May Demonstration Bob Chapman Bob was one of the main demonstrators at last year’s AWGB seminar and SWC is happy to invite him back time and time again. He always comes up with something new and this time it will probably be a spinning top box and a salt pot (small hollow form).
27 May Hands on    
10 June Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Ian Clarkson Ian is a Tree Surgeon by trade and last year he gave us a quick lesson in the safe use of the chainsaw. He is happy to repeat this (weather permitting) and to cut up wood brought along by members (as long as there’s not too much!! Add to this his fine woodturning skills and a good evening should be had by all.
24 June Hands on    
8 July Demonstration Simon Hope Simon is a young, and hugely talented turner, who not only creates innovative work, but also produces exactly the sort of tools woodturners want. This is Simon’s first visit to our club and we’re looking forward to it.
10 July Full Day Demo Gary Rance Gary has been a woodturner all his working life. At the age of 16 he started a three year apprenticeship with a small woodturning company and after 18 months was put on piece work, turning mainly peppermills and kitchen ware. As a result of this he is considered to be one of the fastest and most accurate turners in the UK and is one of only a few whose income is derived solely from woodturning. He has demonstrated all over the world, including twice at the AWGB International Seminar and has taken courses at Craft Supplies’ in France. Given Gary’s years of experience, the range of things he makes and the speed at which he turns this should prove to be a very special day.
22 July Hands on
12 August Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Tracy Owen Tracy needs no introduction. He has won many awards in National shows over the last twelve years and also writes articles for Woodturning magazine. Having established himself as one of the few woodturning professionals to derive his sole livelihood from woodturning, Tracy specialises in green wood turning of bowls and hollow forms to produce unique one off pieces. He also likes to add texture to his work which is achieved with sandblasting, carving, chain sawing, colouring and the use of the Robert Sorby texturing tool - which he invented.
26 August Hands on    
9 September Demonstration Bob Neill Change to the Planned Programme
Unfortunately, due to health problems, Dave Muckle will not be able to give his planned demonstration. However, Bob Neill, the pyrographer, has stepped into the breach for us. Bob will be known to many of our members for his demonstrations at Craft Supplies and also as a regular exhibitor at woodworking shows. Bob has been involved in arts crafts all his life and became part of the pyrographic revival in the late 1970s. He plans to do a hands-on evening with around 16 machines and some blanks of birch ply available for us to work on and suggests that some members could bring along some small bowls or platters to work on. This should be an interesting evening and quite different from our usual demonstrations.
23 September Hands on    
14 October Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Andrew Hall Andrew Hall, an old favourite of the club, is returning to give another of his very interesting demonstrations. He is most famous for making wooden hats, which he demonstrated to us a couple of years ago then, in 2009 he gave an equally interesting demonstration of turning a whisky flask. So it will be interesting to see what he comes up with this time.
28 October Hands on
11 November Demonstration Alan Truman Alan has been woodturning for approximately 25 years, the last 12 of them professionally. He is a member of the Register of Professional Turners and the AWGB and demonstrates at various wood clubs in the middle of the UK as well as doing gallery work and teaching woodturning in his own workshop. This will be Alan’s first visit to our club and he says he will probably turn an octagonal dish followed by a heart shaped dish. It’s so hard to find new demonstrators who haven’t been to our club before so this should be an interesting evening.
25 November Hands on    
9 December Demonstration Tony Wilson Tony is well known to club members for his ready wit and excellent demonstrations, which will often teach you new or better techniques for turning everyday items. As well as being a very popular demonstrator, Tony teaches woodturning and holds regular turning clinics in his own workshop. It’s a couple of years since he visited our club, so this will be a welcome return.