January Challenge
We started a new year of challenges at the Woodfest with ‘A mushroom or toadstool’ for the Turners and ‘An off-centre item’ for the Advanced Turners. I have to say the array of mushrooms and toadstools of all shapes, sizes and colours was more than impressive. Enough to grace any woodland floor!
Below left are the winning entries in the Turners section. First was Nigel Goodricke, joint second, Bill Clyne and Graham Patient and third John Pitt. Very well done to all who entered.
The other brilliant entries are in the right  . **Can you spot the odd one out?

Shropshire Association of Woodturners

Event Reports for 2019

January:  Woodfest
Last year we had problems with snow for several months off and on but the Woodfest in January was a day when members could get to us without problems and we had an excellent turn-out to the event with members and some visitors enjoying the afternoon.
John and I had bought on behalf of the club quite a lot of tools and blanks over the last few months and they were certainly popular! Everything was set out by the committee along with other stocks of wood we have in the storeroom at Bicton.
Sales of wood, tools and Abranet came to just over £400 and as the stuff we bought last year came to £280, we have already made a profit for the club with some things left to sell at the next Club Night.
In the pictures are Teresa trying to decide on the ‘must have’ blanks and also John doing some spindle work on one of the club lathes.
I hope lots of the wood and blanks we sold will be coming back to the club as challenge items in the near future.Carol

Choosing Blanks
John-Lathe
Challenge - Jan19-T
Mushrooms

Mark for remounting then remove the bottom and mount the lid. Square off the end then cut the recess almost to fit the base but not quite. Hollow then shape the outside of main part of the lid, leaving enough waste to finish the finial later. Finish the inside then remove the lid and remount the base. Adjust the tenon for a tight fit. Put the lid on the base and support with tailstock. Remove some of the bulky waste, clean up the joint and overall box shape, then create the finial (swopping to a smaller spindle gouge). At this point, Steve went for an acorn finial - which he then decided was too heavy/ not right so he turned down to a slenderer and aesthetically pleasing tear drop. We can all do that!
 
Then the arty bit. Steve cut black lines to disguise the join, and used them to define areas of texture - some created with a Sorby wheel, others with a Dremel cutting tool. Then finish the finial - sand it and part off.
For the colouring Steve airbrushed dark colours on the non-textured areas, then black onto textured, finishing with yellow all over. Dry thoroughly then sand black to remove high points, and cut back coloured areas with wire wool. Brush clean then cover all with acrylic sanding sealer. Dry, then a top coat of acrylic lacquer. Finally reverse the base onto a jam chuck, remove the spigot and finish the base. The end result was impressive.
 

Heely

February:  Steve Heeley Demo
It was good to welcome regular favourite demonstrator Steve back again. Recent illness and enforced absence have clearly taken a toll, but his dry sense of humour and enviable skill were evident as usual. This time it was a coloured textured lacquered box - the examples Steve brought were all gallery show pieces.
Again, Steve's demonstration is difficult to put down on paper - the detailed advice, tips and demonstrated techniques are so many, to record them all would produce a comprehensive woodturning handbook. At one point he demonstrated three different tools and techniques for making the same cut. Steve is far from prescriptive. He positively encourages choices, personal decisions and creative options. His familiar mantra, "if you don't like it, don't do it.".
He followed the standard routine for boxes: rough out to a cylinder, put a spigot on both ends and part where you want the lid and bottom to join. Shape then hollow out the bottom. Don't finish the outside, but do the inside. As ever Steve emphasised care and precision when finishing and cutting the lip to take the lid. Skew chisel was his favoured tool for that - roughing gouge for outside shaping.