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.
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.
Here is a catch-up newsletter for the end of last year.
|Inlays round vertical exterior rim
|Turn a cube challenge
|Piet Van Rensburg
|Feet on Platter
|Shape and Form
|Textured Rim Platter
|Platter Stand , Term Awards
|Last Night of Term reduced Programme due to opening Easter Show.
|Bruce will demo hollowed babies rattle
South Auckland Woodturners Guild Annual Sale – Papakura, Auckland
Once again we are selling a wide variety of wooden crafts at our annual sale.
Among the treasures you are able to buy are bowls, platters, spinning tops, toys and countless other items that our members have been turning during the year.
The pop-up shop is located between the Co-operative Bank and the Post Shop on Great South Rd, Papakura. (The shop that was Paper Plus)
The nearest public parking is in the area between O’Shannessey Street and the Great South Road just a little to the north of this shop, or on the roof of Farmers
Open until 24th December 2014
9:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday
10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday
|Kidz First Toys
|Kidz First Bowls
|Last night of term programme TBC
Table Prize, term project, Life members award for excellence in woodturning, Bring a plate
We have three new sheets (Dick must be looking for things to do, now the symposium is over)
A Seed Pod as demoed at the symposium by Robbie Graham
A Pen end sander Bruce Wood designed, we have seen this used in all Bruce’s demonstrations at the club.
A Centre Height Marker for the lathe, a Robbie Graham version.
Another wonderful piece has been added to the auction