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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
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

Woodcraft for Sale

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

Club Meetings – Term 4 2014

Theme: Embellishment
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