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Platter Design – Gordon Pembridge

Gordon Ramsey Pembridge Demonstration

11 March 2015
Report by Richard Johnstone

What can one write about after a talk from Gordon. It was interesting, informative and inspiring.  There were the usual comical interactions between Terry and Gordon, but these all helped to add colour to the evening.

Gordon discussed with us the concepts of Lift, Flow, Form and Function. During the discussion he pointed out that these were all concepts which we struggled to define. Sometimes they are mutually exclusive.

He also discussed with us the “rule of thirds” and the 1 to 1.16 ratio and had photos to illustrate his points.


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Elliptical shapes are pleasing to the eye and give good form.

Designing a turning using a series of ellipses will give a good design.

Two elliptical curves intersecting at right angles give the turning good flow.

Form vs function is always a problem. The form can be perfect, but it still needs to have feet in order to be functional. Small feet cause less disruption to the form of the turning. Gordon illustrated his point by discussing “Terry’s udders called feet” and showing more pictures.

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I would need to write a book in order to do justice to this talk. (I will leave that to Gordon) It is suffice to say that it was another great evening of entertainment and information.

Thanks Gordon and also to Bruce for “twisting his arm”.

To see Gordon’s work (rather than the poor photo here) check out his web site http://gordonpembridge.com/

Show & Tell – 4 March 2015

Standing Support - Dave Armstrong
Standing Support – Dave Armstrong
Foot Roller - Straight off Chisel - Phread Thurston
Foot Roller – Straight off Chisel – Phread Thurston
Pods - Graeme Mackay
Pods – Graeme Mackay
Turrets - Graeme Mackay
Turrets – Graeme Mackay
Reburnt creation - Graeme Mackay
Reburnt creation – Graeme Mackay
Ball - Graeme Mackay
Ball – Graeme Mackay
Platter 1 - Terry Scoot
Platter 1 – Terry Scoot
Platter 1 bottom - Terry Scott
Platter 1 bottom – Terry Scott
Platter 2 - Terry Scott
Platter 2 – Terry Scott
Work in Progress - Gary McDonald
Work in Progress – Gary McDonald

Turning Cubes on the Lathe – Colin Wise

Date: 18 Feb 2015
Report by Pat Clay

Start off by turning a cylinder. Ensure that the sides are parallel. For
this exercise the cylinder was turned to 92mm diameter. Using
Pythagoras, the side of the edge of the cube can be calculated, in this
case 65mm.
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Make the end of the cube dead square.

Using the parting tool, mark the length of the cube (65mm) from the
flat edge.

Using the index mark 4 lines down the length of the cylinder. Care must be taken to compensate for the backlash in the index. These lines will be the centre of each face. Mark the middle of each line.

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Cut off the cylinder and mount between centres on two of the index
lines. The sides nearest the tail-stock and chuck can then be faced,
again ensuring that they remain straight. Mount the work between
centres on the remaining two index lines and face the remaining
edges.
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More complex is cutting equal holes in each side of the cube. This is
known as a turners cube.
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Resin Edged Inlaid Bowls – Joe Hosking

Date:18 Feb 2015
Report by Pat Clay

Joe showed us how to inlay the edge of a bowl with resin, on a
horizontal or vertical edge.

The starting point is a roughed out bowl. The dimensions should be
broadly correct, but the bowl will be turned again to even any
inconsistencies in the resin.

Where a repeating pattern or inlay is to be used, the rim must be
divided into an appropriate number of parts. There are a number of
ways to achieve this, one simple one is to wrap a string around the
edge and cut it into halves until the correct size is arrived at. Draw the design of the cutout on paper, which will allow complex shapes such as waves to be formed.20140218-JHosking-2

The trough where the resin sits is cut with a router, rather than on the lathe, as this allows for curved etc patterns. To do this, make a pattern based on the size of the segments. A few nails on the outside of the pattern will help position the pattern consistently. The router is used with a centre guide to follow the pattern. The depth of cut must be sufficient to allow final shaping and cleaning on the lathe.

Vertical edges need a similar router guide, but curved to sit on the bowl edge, and taped to hold it in place. If your lathe has an index, hold the bowl in the lathe to route the edges.

After routing the trough, apply sanding sealer and prepare the inlays.  Joe used fern tips spray painted gold to very good effect. These are glued in place in the trough, and will probably need to be held in place with tape while the glue sets.20140218-JHosking-3

For a vertical edge on a bowl, after the glue has set, close the trough
with wide (50mm) masking tape or packing tape, leaving a small
opening at the top to pour the resin in. Work carefully to ensure no
holes where the resin will leak out. Running a bead of hot melt glue
around the edge will provide an additional level of safety, but it is
important to make sure the lathe bed is protected from the inevitable leaks.20140218-JHosking-4

Pour the resin from one side only to ensure no air bubbles. Joe
normally uses Epiglass 9000.

 

Carving the RIm of a Platter – Mike Davies

Report by: Lindsay Amies
Club Night Demo: February 11th 2015

Our first club entertainment evening for 2015, also known as a demo, was presented by Master Carver Mike Davies and we weren’t disappointed.

Assisted by a power point presentation, Mike introduced Record Power, a Sheffield company with over 100 years experience. Lathes, M2 grade high speed chisels, an impressive dust extraction system and a wet stone sharpening system that really worked all got the once over.

We heard a little about Mike’s interesting background before he introduced the Six Techniques, the foundation skills for successful carving.

Mike went through the six techniques, one by one, explaining and demonstrating clearly the essential techniques for holding a chisel and making various cuts. It looked so easy. A sales pitch which wasn’t lost on members present was his one day course ($157) and a set of carving chisels thrown in for good measure, or that might have been vice versa, it didn’t matter, it was still a good deal.

Demo of a cut
Demo of a cut

The theme for term one is decorating platters and Mike came up with three straight forward designs that even the uninitiated could try. A point of interest was his comment that the carving working level needed to be at elbow height, to save your back.

A quick demo on lettering, a series of two cuts, just scratched the surface of the subject, pun intended.

Mike wound up the evening with a quick demonstration of the WG250 and the effectiveness of this sharpening system!

This was a quick moving demo sustained by a high level of interest from the benches. Expect a lot of interest in Mike’s One Day Introductory Course.

Well done Mike and thanks. A really good evening.

An example of what could be achieved after doing a course with Mike
An example of what could be achieved after doing a course with Mike

Club Meetings – Term 1 2015

Theme: Platters
DateDemonstrationDemonstrator
February 11thCarved RimMike Davies
February 18thInlays round vertical exterior rimJoe Hosking
Turn a cube challenge Colin Wise
February 25thCNC DemoPiet Van Rensburg
March 4thFeet on Platter Bruce Wood
March 11thShape and FormGordon Pembridge
March 18thTextured Rim PlatterTerry Scott
March 25thPlatter Stand , Term AwardsDick Veitch
April 1stLast Night of Term reduced Programme due to opening Easter Show. Bruce will demo hollowed babies rattle

Club Meetings – Term 4 2014

Theme: Embellishment
DateDemonstrationDemonstrator
October 15thKidz First ToysTom Pearson
October 22ndPyrographyTerry Scott
October 29thKidz First BowlsLindsay Amies
November 5thAir BrushingGordon Pembridge
November 12thSandblastingDick Veitch
November 19thCrackle PaintMichele Pointon
November 26thTie DyingAlison Smith
December 3rdGold LeafTerry Scott
December 10thTBC
December 17thLast night of term programme TBC
Table Prize, term project, Life members award for excellence in woodturning, Bring a plate