2002_09 Turnings

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					September 2002
WCWA, Pinelands Hobbies Club, Nursery Way, Pinelands http://www.angelfire.com/ct/wcwa/index.html AWSA home page: www.awsa.org.za

Our next formal meeting will be on Wednesday 18 September 2002, Pinelands Hobbies Club, 19:00 sharp, as usual.

We look forward to welcoming Andi Wolfe, a member of the Central Ohio Woodturners Club, back to share her impressions of the AAW Symposium and to show us some of her decorating techniques. REMEMBER! The 18th is deadline for delivering items for the Bellville exhibition.


It is with great sadness that we have had to say farewell to one of our most colourful fellow turners Willem (Willie) Johannes Van der Merwe. He was born on the 22nd of June 1936 and passed away suddenly after a short illness on the 30th of August 2002. To us in general, Willie was the wild olive turner, who at every meeting he attended with his wife Barbara, brought in very useful off-cuts of this much sought after timber. His typical brand of humour was reflected in his working methods. His sturdy and trusted lathe was home built. For a long time he scoffed at all the latest fancy chisels; he could fashion any item with homemade tools manufactured out of any kind of metal that could hold a cutting edge. With them, Willie turned anything from delicate earrings to exquisite walking sticks, as well as items of furniture. His biggest legacy will no doubt be the wild olive cross that adorns the wall at the back of pulpit in the N.G.Church in the Strand. It is only of late that his tool range started to incorporate the odd bit of modernisation.

The couple of us who attended his memorial service learned that besides being a wonderful loving family man and an avid turner, he could put his hand to, or repair anything. His family referred to him as Mr. Fixit. If conventional methods did not work, he would find a way round the problem – his mantra was the proverbial “’n boer maak altyd a plan”. He never kept his trade secrets to himself; he was always ready to impart his knowledge to whoever asked advice or assistance. Whether family or friend asked for help, he would drop everything he was doing and say “Let's do it now”. Willie liked adventure and excitement. After schooling he joined the police force for a while and then went in search of a better adrenaline infusion and became a crocodile hunter. He later sought a more steady form of employment and joined the mining fraternity. He worked at the Prieska Copper Mine and Lorraine Gold Mine, from where he retired early due to hearing problem. He then concentrated on his hobby and his most staunch fan and supporter was his wife Barbara. The two of them had a regular weekly stand at the Hermanus Craft market. To his wife Barbara and his family, the Committee and members of the Association extend their most heartfelt sympathy. For those of us who knew him well, we can only say that we are the richer for having known him.

Our “home” computer decided it had finally had enough, and has now given up on me – giving me rude messages about corrupt files, so it has been be replaced. This is my first newsletter using our new computer at home – latest versions of familiar software, thanks to the advice of our resident computer boff, Chris. Result is I’m encountering a couple of surprises and being puzzled by strange messages and icons that pop up as I go along – an interesting experience – but it promises to be fun learning all the new features – only wish I had more time to “play”….. While I was still hoping to finish off this offering at least two weeks ago, my best intentions went out the window, when the organisers of the Spring Flower and Garden Show at Kirstenbosch phoned me, inviting the Woodturners to demonstrate over the weekend, 14/15 September – the weekend that would have been mine to “play” with the new “toy” and finish the newsletter.

When I phoned Eric with the news, he merely said “go for it, it’s your baby”. Result was, no newsletter, but a hectic weekend of calling on people to participate and help. A VERY BIG thank you to all the guys who gave so generously of their time. We were fortunate indeed to have been allocated an excellent position. The weather that happened over the weekend was not like the weather forecast, and the Bergwind that blew on Saturday caused havoc, while the rain on Sunday morning dampened interest a little, though later in the day there was a lot of interest in what we were doing. The Woodturners were certainly fortunate to be well located. We were also fortunate to have Andi join us for a while during Sunday afternoon, when she had a turn on the lather (forgive the pun!) and worked on one of her pieces, which also provoked some interest from the public. The weekend was exhausting, but fun, so you must forgive the relative lateness of this newsletter. In the meanwhile, back at the office, I’ve been watching the bare oaks that surround the building in which I work, undergo their annual transition from rugged branches silhouetted against the skyline, to lush green vibrant abundant colour. My office is upstairs in a Cape Dutch style house, so my windows look out into the canopy of the oaks, which are home to numerous noisy squirrels and a variety of birds. As I was putting together the last newsletter, the smallest green buds were developing on the trees – now they are in leaf and a dazzling green. It always amazes me how perfect nature is, particularly the smoothness of transition from one season to the next – as Eric said – spring has sprung. I’ve heard the first Piet-myvrou, and the swallows have returned to our skies.

collaborations, so if you have any ideas how this concept can be extended – please share them with the committee. Thank you to all readers who have given me so much encouragement and positive feedback on the newsletter. It is also very pleasing to have had several responses to articles in previous newsletters. Please continue to keep your inputs coming in – I do appreciate the help. Finally, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Barbara and her family on the death of Willie. He was a great character, and I shall always cherish fond memories of him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. So long,


Hurrah! Spring is in the air. I have confirmed this by going a bit up north to view the flowers in the St. Helena bay and Cape Columbine area. In the Columbine Nature Reserve at a little cove and silky white beach called Titties Bay (my guidebook does not give any reason for the naming of this spot) I saw the most plentiful, beautiful and colourful display of flowers that I have seen for a long time – a mosaic carpet of white, yellow, orange purple. Enough of flowers back to turning. Spring heralds days and evenings of warmth so let’s make the best if it. The other night I overheard a conversation that went something like…: In good weather two types of turners have opposing viewpoints – The impatient one thinks: more time to turn more pieces (in his haste he will also be preparing for winter and start stock piling his designer firewood.). The patient one thinks: more daylight and warmth to add a little more to the finish.


The view into the oak canopy, from my office window The club was really abuzz during the collaboration evening in August – a great evening for learning and sharing experience – with novices and experienced turners all having a turn… the result was three totally different products from identical pieces of wood. It was fascinating to see how the three groups came up with such different results – a tribute to human ingenuity. We are only limited by our own imaginations, when it comes to creativity. The enthusiasm that was generated during the activity of this evening will surely lead to more

The three different collaboration pieces It was a late night but the collaboration workshop was, according to reports, a great success and I have received numerous requests to repeat this type of evening. For myself, I endorse the idea Thanks to the organiser of the event; Wearne, who gave each team four identical pieces of wood for their project, kindly supplied by Graeme, and the team leaders, John de Gruchy, Gert Ferreira and Tom Allan. It was fun to see what ideas were sparked off in each team.

Set-up will be on Monday 30th September, and opening night will be on Wednesday 2nd October – so diarise that date. The exhibition runs till 2nd November, and pieces can be collected on 4th November from the Gallery. There will be a nominal cost per item entered, to cover expense.

The opening day is drawing near and the closing date for entries for exhibition is the 18th September. Anyone who has not yet indicated his intention to take part, is asked to please do so urgently by contacting Graeme or myself as soon as possible. The task of organising such an event is not easy and your cooperation will be appreciated. Graeme will give you all final details on the formal meeting night, 18th September.

An evening not to be missed!!!! Once again we have the pleasure of Andi Wolfe's company for the evening. For those of you who do not know her, Andi hails from the U.S.A.. She is a brilliant woodturner and artiste, who will be sharing her knowledge with us and give us what promises to be a very exiting demonstration and a slide show on American woodturning. Besides that, a real surprise in store for the association and I would like to see an excellent turnout for this event

On 13th August the exhibition opened in Durbanville’s Rust en Vrede Gallery, where four of our Club members showed off some of their work. It made me feel proud of the club when I saw the standard of their work in an art exhibition. To see Thys’ oak platter with the two strips on one side, a real art piece. Jon Hide came all the way across Town to exhibit four pieces, a Norfolk Island Pine bowl, a square myrtle hollow form, an absolute work of art, and a silky oak pedestal bowl. To my eye, beautiful works of art. Gert Ferreira submitted 4 turned bowls that must be seen to be appreciated. Bert Parker had a textured maple bowl, a maple and rosewood bowl, and of course a beautiful segmented bowl. It was a pleasure to see the interest shown on opening night. I think our club has come a long way in the five years that I have been a member. Very soon the Bellville exhibition comes up, where we will once again see some of the best turnings to be found, on show. I wonder if the time is not right to spread our wings a little and have an exhibition either in the Southern Suburbs, or the V&A Waterfront, or some such venue. Judging by what is on display at Durbanville, we can hold our own in any art company. Let’s see who can arrange the next venue! PS for next year I am working on a joint exhibition with the Potters’ Association. If this comes off, this promises be something special.

By the time of you receive this newsletter, this event will be over. Though just to keep you in the picture, we were approached at very short notice last week to exhibit and demonstrate at the show over the weekend 14th and 15th September. Gigi thanks for getting the wheels in motion and to all those who responded to calls for help.

This event takes place from the 27 to 29 September and volunteers are still needed for demo's and PRO. We have been loaned 4 lathes by distributors (Nova, Toolmate, Rockwell and Record). We have the space to put them up, now let's man them and give it stick!! Last year was a success lets make it even greater this year. Cheers for now, Happy turning till the 18th. Cheers,
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FROM THE COMMITTEE The WCWA Exhibition at the Arts Association of Bellville.
Important dates to remember for this event are: The deadline for delivery of pieces is 18th September. Participants will be required to provide Graeme with a recent photograph and a very brief biography focussing on their history as turners. All items must be priced, taking into consideration that the gallery charges VAT and takes a 20% commission. In addition there will be an entry fee of R20 per item to cover costs of staging the exhibition.

Keep turning,

Ed Brymer

As promised last month, some more detail on the seminar in Durban. Dennis and I decided to take the N1, slightly further, but definitely an easier road when it comes to potholes and other road hazards (mostly mobile and unpredictable). Our trip up was uneventful. Leaving a little later on


Monday morning than originally planned (first had to return the tux to the suit hire company, after the matric dance on Saturday) delayed us enough to avoid being stuck behind all the big trucks that would have had an early start. There was still snow on the Matroosberg in the Hex Valley which we had to photograph, and with two drivers, travelling is really easy, despite some roadworks toward the end of the day as we neared Colesburg. The roadworks gave us plenty of opportunity to get out and stretch our legs every couple of kilometres at the end of the day, when we needed it. We spent the night in a charming guest house opposite the police station – so felt very safe. The building is a historical monument, decorated with numerous artefacts in keeping with the age of the house. The floorboards creek loudly – so no sneaking around! We spent two nights with Dennis’ Mom in Pietermaritzburg before proceeding to Durban on the eve of the long weekend for registration on Thursday afternoon. Registration was followed by a trip to one of the local eateries, where old friendships were renewed and newcomers were welcomed – the tone was set for a stimulating and entertaining weekend. Friday was the public holiday, so things were reasonably quiet about town, but Glenwood High School was a hive of activity of turners arriving, finding their the venues for the demonstration and discussion groups, while the wives took a trip to the Umgeni River Bird Park. We were fortunate to be in time to see the show put on by staff of the bird park – a truly amazing event. It is unbelievable to see how birds like owls and blue cranes can be trained. However, it was sad to see the empty cages from where the parakeets had been stolen a week earlier.

The day was rounded off with a stimulating and entertaining Instant Gallery Critique. An excellent innovation was having two non-turners – Sue Greenberg of the Bayside Gallery in Durban, and Brendan Bell from the Tatham Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, giving their input from an artistic perspective, while Izak Cronje dealt with the more technical detail of the crit. A very stimulating evening, with some food for thought on artistic design, to take home and mull over.

“Now how do we tell them what we think it looks like… “ An interesting outcome of the last seminar was the challenge to use the painting The Twittering Machine by Paul Klee as inspiration to turn an artistic piece. There certainly were some interesting and provocative results to this challenge. Saturday’s sessions included turning found wood, and elliptical turning, while Mike Kaplan, Butch Smuts and John Mills discussed marketing. This was followed by two plenary sessions on woodrot and spalting, and wood identification. There was much discussion afterwards, and I believe many turners have more respect and are taking greater precautions when working with spalted timber – this is evidently not a healthy pastime. After lunch turners were treated to watching a wet thin wall vessel being turned, or a corner to corner box, or watching Peter Nicolle on the technique of gilding. As certain members were rugby enthusiasts, there was a break in the afternoon programme for the game to be viewed (when the TV eventually cooperated), while the wives visited the Durban Botanic Garden, which is definitely worth a visit. There are some awesome huge trees – wood which we normally only see in clinical blocks at the local timber merchant – which would certainly warrant another visit to become better acquainted. After the AGM, Saturday evening was also the formal dinner at Point Yacht Club – a fun event, where much of the fruit if the vine was enjoyed. By Sunday, minds were buzzing with all the knowledge and new ideas that come from sharing experience and learning from other turners. The final sessions before the Auction and closing covered discussion groups on decorating and finishing, sharpening, and form concept. Izak conducted the auction with his usual style,

The general theme for this year’s seminar was to draw inspiration from the every-day items around you – not merely to derive inspiration from books and magazines. There was an appeal to bring a more “Afrocentric” feel to turnings. By all accounts the decision of which session to attend was no easy matter, with demonstrations ranging from miniature turning, to thread cutting, to gilding, finishing and decorative effects and mastering the skew. In addition to the demonstration sessions, there were several plenary and discussion sessions covering topics of tool making, and deep hollow forms.


persuading the audience to part with their money to raise a healthy sum towards charity. After lunch on Sunday, tuners departed to their various destinations, with promises of keeping in touch, and the anticipation of returning next year. Our trip home was slightly more “exciting”, as I had offered to help a colleague by bringing back her sister’s car from Durban, as her trusty set of wheels was suffering from the malaise of old age, and her sister had recently bought a new car. What I didn’t know when I volunteered to bring the car down, was that this was also no spring chicken. After experiencing some anxious moments on the N3 during the very worst traffic of our entire trip, the rest of our return was relatively uneventful, apart from using a liter of oil per tank of petrol, and the battery conking out, resulting in us having to jump-start the “Yellow Peril” as we “fondly” called the old car at every stop. The cold morning of Colesburg obviously was more than she could handle. Travelling in convoy certainly is not as pleasant as travelling in comfort and companionship together, but with today’s roads, this is no real hardship. So, guys, start saving today for next year’s seminar – travelling together makes the trip so much easier, and sharing costs makes it bearable. The trip is very do-able in two days each way, and the accommodation should not cost an arm and a leg – there are many affordable establishments in the proximity of the school.

were oval and the rest down to the bottom was still round. I say still round, because the pieces were turned wet and with such finesse that the movement was so well controlled. Grant also added some other very simple decoration that enhanced the whole aesthetic appearance of the pieces. Well-done Grant!!

The two pieces on the left were selected by Sue Greenberg That brings me to the wood of the month: OAK, or rather the Quercus species. The Oaks were nominated trees of the year in 1990 ¹). There are no less than 450 known varieties and hybrids, some evergreen others deciduous and are widely spread especially in the northern hemisphere. The oaks in South Africa have been imported if I may say so. The tree is mentioned in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible and mainly in regard to their strength. The tree in which the hair of Absalom, rebellious son of King David, got caught is said to have been an oak, possibly Q calliprinos. Though, Professor Michael Zohary states that the latter was not an oak but a Terebinth, Pistacia atlantica Desf. ²). Be it as it may, the oak is a historical tree from Biblical times to Byzantine through the Industrial Revolution to today. The English oak or common oak, Quercus robur, is regarded as the first exotic tree to be planted in South Africa some 346 years ago and mainly what is now the Western Cape. The original idea was to meet the demand for wood at the Cape. Later on trees were planted to provide shade and line streets as ornamental trees. Many towns and parks in our area still pride themselves in maintaining this heritage. Some of these trees have even been declared as National Monuments and planting of oak trees has spread to the Northern Provinces of South Africa. The wood is mainly used for wine vats, high quality furniture and in the building trade. The Q robur is the most common and well known in this country. Unfortunately it is very susceptible to rot and oak mildew and although the wood is quite attractive and has special properties like exceptional elasticity it fell from favour. It cracks on drying and many apiece saved for future reference was referred to the woodpile. As ornamental tree it is replaced by Q palustris, while Q acutissima is planted for wood supplies.


Izak Cronje Durban 2002 has come and gone. But, what a lovely experience it was. The “banana boys” did a sterling job. It was a long trek by car from Cape Town and back, but worth every kilometer. The instant gallery was outstanding. I envied the confidence of some of the beginners who were prepared to stick out their necks for criticism to enable them to do better next time. We learn through sharing. John Mills had arranged to have the critique done by two outsiders who are in charge of art galleries; Sue Greenberg from the Bayside Gallery, Durban and Brendan Bell from the Tatham Gallery, Pietermarizburg. I was honoured to assist these two as technical advisor. Friday the 9th was Women’s Day. In view of this celebration I asked Sue to pick, what was in her opinion, the nicest and most outstanding piece or pieces. Without hesitation she went and picked two pieces of Grant Marshall. These pieces were turned from oak and were approximately 350-380mm tall and about 100-120mm diameter (Grant, maybe you can let us have he exact sizes?). The finish was rough on the outside (wire brushing?) and then finally lime washed. A stunning effect indeed. A most interesting phenomena was observed: the top two-thirds to three-quarters of the pieces


There is quite a number of the Quercus spp. that seems to grow well here. The wood is very similar and may sometimes only vary in colour ranging from straw to light brown, dark brown to pinkish red. The working properties are almost the same and if treated with respect I am sure that lovely turned items could be had. The Americans for instance turn a lot from their Red oak – Q rubra - and White oak – Q alba - while in England nobody sneezes at a piece from their oaks. Of course oak burrs are always at a premium. In Ireland they don’t cut oaks down, they dig them up – Bog oak from the peat bogs, black as ebony, but a challenge to turn. The trees found in South Africa are: Q acutissima – Bristle or Chinese oak (Saagtand- of stekeleik) Q ilex – Holly or holm oak (Steen- of holmeik). The specimen in front of Rondebosch station is one of the most beautiful I have seen. Q leucotrichophora (incana) – Hoary or hairy oak (Harige eik) Q nigra – Water oak (Watereik) The leaves of the above four oaks are very similar in form and size and are generally pointed with a variation as to finely toothed edges, dark or lighter green and hair underneath. Q canariensis – Algerian or Canary oak (Algerynse eik) Q cerris – Turkey or mossy-cup oak (Turkse of moseik) The leaves of these two are similar to that of the English oak, that is well-defined toothed edges and much bigger than the first group. Q suber – Cork oak (Kurkeik) Although it grows well here and has been for many years, it has not been commercially or economically utilized for its purpose. The cork from the bark of this tree matures at about 150 years and has been imported mainly for the wine industry from the Mediterranean areas and Portugal. There are beautiful specimens of these trees in and around our city so watch out next time you pass through Newlands, Rondebosch or Claremont. Q palustris – Pin oak (Moeras- of naaldeik) Deciduous and could be compared to the maples of Vermont in autumn. This much then about Grant and his oak vessels that impressed us in Durban. I hope we can soon share our experiences with this wonderful wood. So next time you see a piece of oak, touch it, feel it and try it on your lathe. Maybe there is an “angel in the block of marble waiting to be set free” by you. As Michelangelo would say. Sunday afternoon after the Durban Congress Beyers and I went to visit the local Botanical Gardens. Now, if you have been to Durbs and have not visited the gardens, then I can only say to you: “Woe to you. Beware the Ides of March”. This visit enabled me to identify a tree I have been looking at for more than 7 years and still where I saw it the first time – diagonally opposite Rondebosch Boys Prep. School and adjacent to Rondebosch Park. The family has started calling it “Izak’s tree”.

Incidentally, the wood we used at the collaboration evening was not just any old piece of pine. It was a piece of poplar from the Eastern Cape. It turns better than any yellow wood and takes a very good finish. More of this and ”Izak’s tree” next time. Cheers for now!!! P. S. Apropos my article on red woods, Elliot Murray presented me with three pieces of wood: Red milk wood – Mimusops obovata – I am trying it today (13 September 2002). Red currant rhus – Rhus cirendensis – Bostaaibos. Sealed for further use. No cracks showing yet. White seringa – Kirkia acuminata – Witsering. Only a wood turner presents gifts like this to another wood turner. Thank you once again Elliot. References: ¹) Boom van die Jaar 1990: Quercus – spesies. C F Erasmus en P C Combrink Pamflet 424. ²) Plants of the Bible. Michael Zohary. Professor of Botany, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Once again Izak has increased our knowledge and entertained us with another of his informative articles in his series “Woods I had a turn with”. (August's Turnings) Not only are Izak's articles filled with relevant information, but they are amusing and very well written in excellent English. Why is it that some of the best English in our country is spoken and written by Afrikaners? I believe it is because they LEARN the language and they LEARN the grammar; they don't just pick it up the way we Engelse ous do. Has anyone wondered why so many different varieties of wood have a red or reddish hue, to a varying degree? Apart from the best-known of all, Cuban mahogany, there are the other types of mahogany, kiaat, iroko, jarrah, together with many other eucalypts, California redwood and so forth. Is it a particular chemical common to all these different varieties, or does each red or reddish wood have its own chemical giving it its colour? I recently built a short section of railing with iroko posts and kiaat rails and, having been treated with Woodguard Timber Preservative, from a metre away the two types of wood are indistinguishable. Those of you who receive Turnings by e-mail can see what I mean from the attached picture.


I am not on the point of answering my own question, but wonder if our wood guru, Izaak could provide the answer. If he doesn't have the answer at his fingertips, perhaps he knows where to find the answer. Keep up the good work, Izak.

entirely necessary because the shank of the set screw fits just about perfectly into the flute of the 16mm gouge, thus securing the gouge correctly, and the nut spans the flute of the 10mm gouge, once again, securing the gouge correctly.

Harold Mills

As the old saying goes, “There is more than one way of skinning a cat.” I have neither the skills nor the facilities for copying Dennis’ steel gouge sharpening jig, so I have made one out of wood. A hard, durable wood is essential, so the chosen material was American white oak. The dimensions of the wooden jig are essentially the same as the steel one, but of course there are salient differences.

Fig. 2

Fig 3 Fig. 1 Fig 1 shows the tool holder with a 16mm gouge in place. This figure should be compared with Figs 3, 4 and 5 of Dennis’s article in August’s turnings. You will note that there are two graduated plates, mounted symmetrically on the pivot shaft of the wooden tool holder, compared with the single plate, mounted eccentrically on the steel model. Because wood is a much weaker material than steel, it is not feasible to have one row of holes for adjusting the angle of grind, so the wooden plates have two rows of holes, each hole being 100 of arc from its neighbour in its row, the centre of the arc being the centre of the hole about which the plates rotate on the pivot shaft. The holes of the second row are displaced by 50 from the holes in the first row, thus providing adjustment increments of 5 0, as in the steel model. The bridge, which grips the gouge, has a short tongue which fits between the graduated plates. The connection between the bridge and the plates is effected by means of cold glue. Two holes, one of 19mm and one of 10mm, at 38 centres so that the holes just overlap, were drilled through the bridge for accommodating the gouge. The two holes were then carved into one, teardrop-shaped hole with a carpenter’s gouge (as opposed to a turner’s gouge). The transverse hole, visible in Fig 1, was drilled to provide access to the nut on the end of the set screw. The female thread for the set screw is provided by a nut which was set and glued into the top of the bridge. I found that the washers which Dennis braised to the nut are not Fig 2 shows the tool holder in use for a fingernail grind and Fig 3 shows a gouge being ground square without the tool holder. Both of these figures should be compared with Fig 2 of Dennis’s article. Instead of a metal tube, there is a wooden slot and the support arm is secured in the vertical plane by two little, flat bridges, one fore and one aft, of which only the front one is visible. The support arm fits snugly under the bridges, so the vertical set screws, visible in Dennis’s Fig 2, are not necessary. The support arm is therefore secured in the correct position by means of two horizontal set screws. (I have found that only one would have done the trick). Because there is sufficient thickness of wood, it was possible to use coach screws for these two set screws, which cut their own thread in the wood. The gauge to ensure the correction projection of the gouge, see Fig 6 of Dennis’s article, is provided by the distance of the ends of the slot which houses the support arm from the edge of the wooden plate on which the whole bench grinder assembly is mounted. I am happy to report that I obtain excellent results with my sharpening jig and Norton blue wheels, one 60 and one 80 grit.

Harold Mills

The following email from Jack Munting in Pretoria also offers some feedback to our last newsletter:

20th November 2002 November Showcase and Year-end Braai. 14th December 2002 Hobbies Club Open Day in association with SA Woodworker 15th January 2003 Johan Labuschagne will demonstrate “small holes in big bowls”. Exact date to be confirmed – could be following month 19th February 2003 Bert Parker will show us how to do off-centre turning. Exact date to be confirmed – could be a month earlier or later 18 April 2003 Annual General Meeting Monthly programme for meetings: 1st Wednesday is an informal affair where members are welcome to use the Association’s equipment, receive guidance from experienced members and generally discuss matters turning. (Also the committee meeting) 2nd Wednesday is specifically targeted at assisting beginners. 3rd Wednesday is the regular formal meeting, comprising discussion of Association matters, as well as demonstrations, videos and in June and November, the biannual showcases. 4th / 5th Wednesday same as 1st Wednesday.

I was recently e-mailed a copy of your newsletter which I enjoyed reading. I was particularly interested in Dennis' article on the gouge sharpening jig which was very similar to one I had made some time ago having gotten the idea from a turning catalogue. I used to sharpen my bowl gouges free-hand but found I was grinding the metal away rather fast and with the price of good gouges considered it worthwhile to have the jig made in order to save on steel! Dereck Westley's enquiry about mineral oil: I would interpret that to mean any oil made from the stuff we get from underground like sewing machine oil, or even low viscosity motor oil as opposed to oils obtained from vegetable matter like sunflowers, walnuts, grapes etc.

The most recent list of members is appended at the end of this newsletter.

NB Remember to bring your own chisels and other accessories for the “working” Wednesdays.

The committee members for 2002 / 2003 are: Eric Thornton Graeme Hill Bert Parker Alan Jackson Gert Ferreira Wearne draper Gigi Laidler Chairman Secretary Treasurer Library PR Workshop Newsletter 531 1559(h) 794 1639(h) 914 0927 (h) 702 3698 (h) 559 1409(h) 797 3247(h) 797 7755(h)

Please could you let the committee have input about what you, the members, wish to have demonstrated or learn more about at our regular “formal” meetings. Ideas for the “other” Wednesdays are also welcome. 18th September 2002 Andi Wolfe will give us a slide presentation on the American Association of Woodturners Seminar and a demonstration on some of her decorating techniques. Members to deliver pieces for Bellville exhibition. 27 – 29 September 2002 Hobby-X, Bellville Velodrome. 2 October – 2 November 2002 Bellville Association of Arts Exhibition 16th October 2002 Peter Nicolle will demonstrate gilding techniques (this demonstration was given at the recent AWSA Seminar in Durban) November 2002 International Turner, Reg Sherwin will be visiting Cape Town and will be doing a demonstration at the Club. Details of the visit will be publicised in due course as they are confirmed.

Email contacts for committee members are: Eric Thornton notnorth@mweb.co.za Graeme Hill mwgahrbh@mweb.co.za Bert Parker nimbus@yebo.co.za Gert Ferreira gskc@mweb.co.za Alan Jackson alanj@global.co.za Wearne draper bwdraper@lantic.net Gigi Laidler laidler@nbict.nbi.ac.za Please could all members who have access to email (and MS Office) let us know, in order for us to send you the electronic version of the newsletter, which allows you to see it and print it out (if you have a colour printer) in glorious Technicolor.


Annual Subs for 2002/2003 are: Ordinary member: WCWA R90.00 Hobbies Club 40.00 Total R130.00 Family member: (Same surname – living under same roof) WCWA R50.00 Hobbies Club R35.00 Total R85.00 Country member: (No Hobbies Club fee) WCWA R90.00 Guest Fee: A guest fee of R10 per visit will apply to members who have failed to renew their membership, and guests attending more than two club meetings. Note: AWSA membership (R45) should be paid together with WCWA subs. The National Body prefers to have clubs pay for their members as a group payment, rather than individuals paying directly to the AWSA. Bert Parker will remit all AWSA memberships to the National Body.

Contact Steve Bull: (021) 855 2569 (H) or (021) 852 8278 (W). WANTED TO BUY: A 3/8” (10mm) bowl gouge. ¼” or 5/16” hand drill. Contact Derek Westley. Ph: (021 762 4574. RYOBI RA 2500 RADIAL ARM SAW With two blades: one original 254mm blade, and one tungsten blade. Good Condition R3 500. Contact Dennis Laidler: (021) 797 7755 weekends and after 19:30 weekdays. HYDROWAX As enough members have placed orders, a drum of Hydrowax has been purchased by the club and will be available from Eric. R35 per 5l, for members providing their own containers. A R5 deposit will be levied for members who do not supply their own container. TWINFLEX Peter Nicolle has provided the club with 2½m-lengths of twinflex, ideal for table lamps. Minimum R2 donation per piece to the Club. THE SA WOODWORKER A special price of R140 for a one-year subscription to SA Woodworker has been negotiated for club members. Copies of the magazine purchased at this concession price can only be collected at the club, and will not be posted. Please contact Eric for your subscription form and for further details. From January this year, the subscription rate will be calculated for the annual rate from January to December, and adjusted pro rata if paid for any other period. SECOND-HAND TABLE Please remember to bring along old tools to the “formal” meeting”. This offers the newer members an opportunity of acquiring affordable tools, while you have some extra cash for that next bowl gouge you are hankering after, that somehow did not appear in your Christmas stocking. WCWA CLUB T-SHIRTS Smart royal blue golf shirts, bearing the club name are available to members. R45 for sizes small to large, and R50 for XXL. Contact Graeme Hill SUPERGLUE Glue available from Bert Parker. MASKS The committee has a supply of masks available from Bert Parker. TURNING JACKETS Nico Bantjies is producing workshop jackets, blue with the club logo. R35 for apron and R55 for the full jacket. Tel: (021) 913 0296

We have been running a couple of commercial adverts in our newsletter. If you wish to advertise, or know of a company or person who wishes to advertise, please contact Bert Parker. Rates for an advert placed in the newsletter monthly, are R350 per annum. Items for “the Market Place” are a free service, however the editor would appreciate feedback when items have been sold. AEG PORTABLE HAND PLANER TO SELL Width 182mm, with 2 sets of blades. R50 x2 = R100 Plus spare belt. Total selling price R400 Contact Ken Jones, Tel: (021) 788 5458. RECORD LATHE TO BUY Steve Bull wishes to buy a used Record CL3 lathe for cash. Once this has been accomplished, he wishes to sell is CL1 for R5 000, neg.


An observation overheard when one turner was describing to another about parting a bowl off the lathe “and then you cut the biblical cord…” to me personally, when Dennis asks for assistance with parting a large vessel – I always feel like I’m catching a baby it’s just as awesome a responsibility. Cheers, and safe turnings till we meet again,

Name William Hobbs Alan Jackson Dawie Jacobs Ken Jones Nick Joubert Sven Karth Johan Labuschagne Estelle Labuschagne Dennis Laidler Gigi Laidler Malcolm Leech Percy Leech Peter L'Estrange Howard Lund Stevan Manojlovic Brian McCay Harold Mills Ahmed Mitha Peter Morris Heinrich Muller David Nathan Peter Nicolle Eoin O'Connell C M W Orpen Bert Parker Franco Perotti Ken Pilkington Gisela Roth Clive Shea Peter Southworth Ron Steel Dave Stephenson Jimmy Stevenson Eric Thornton Ken Turner Willem Johannes van der Merwe Lydia van der Westhuizen Tony van Niekerk Bekker van Niekerk Johan van Zyl Johan van Zyl Ben Vorster Derek Westley Ossie White Trevor Whitson Brian Winn Andi Wolfe


List of WCWA Members, September 2002
Name Tom Allan Dr David Anderton Trevor Bailey Darryl Bailey Nico Bantjes Clive Barrett Geoffrey Barton Peter Bauman Rienzi G. Beckett Mike Bester Midford Bester Gordon Bowers Edgar Brymer Steve Bull Thys Carstens Clive Carter Izak Cronje Beyers Cronje John de Gruchy Anita de Jager Mike de Maine Jim Douglas Wearne Draper Ruben du Plessis Ernest du Plessis Francois du Toit Gawie Eksteeen Martin Farmer Don Ferguson Gert Ferreira Lenette George Brian & Lenette George Trevor Hawtrey Jeremy Hermansen Jon Hide Graeme Hill Phone Code 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 049 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 Phone 712 7160 794 1434 559 3310 531 3709 913 0296 975 2365 797 8916 671 0557 531 3566 976 3606 532 3717 761 8549 976 5134 855 2569 976 0801 794 4002 685 1857 892 5707 685 5863 559 5544 489 1426 705 1280 797 3247 447 1356 913 2478 851 3413 883 2884 930 9999 559 1409 696 2570 696 2570 558 1488 712 6090 671 8711 794 1639

Phone Code 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 044 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021 021


702 3698 887 5887 788 5458 558 3248 671 2846 913 2850 913 2850 797 7755 797 7755 701 2723 701 2723 701 1468 712 7917 790 5655 914 0206 794 6242 856 3665 73 6884 761 6586 674 4864 785 1196 712 3892 914 0927 976 3355 856 0201 438 8466 558 2404 531 6498 789 2804 356 9002 910 0444 531 1559 689 9251 853 8064 553 1308 919 6239 873 2217 855 4790 976 5888 913 1474 762 4574 797 2736 761 4330 913 3728

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