In The Round May 2007
May Meeting Inside This Issue
Last Month’s Meeting 2
Date: 17 May 2007
Details of this Month’s Meeting 2
Venue Nico’s Workshop
Next Month’s Meeting 2
Time 18:30 for 19:00
PEWG 2007 Program 3
Guild Notices 3
Birthdays - Greetings
From the Editor 3
Richard Knipe 22-May
The 2007 Committee Members 3
John Dowie 28-May
Possible New Competition Rules 4
Erik Jorgensen 19-Jun
Jez Rowe 19-Jun Items of Interest 4
TipTop Competition 4
Guild Info & Demo Show 5
Work by Nikos Stragas of Crete 5
Your Space to fill 5
Our Sponsors 6
From the Chairman’s Desk
Well the first meeting has come and gone and so many things went wrong that we can only look forward to an improvement in the
What did turn out well was the use of the TV and camera for Duncan’s demonstration and the showing of a video on offset turning a
goblet. Also I sent out the newsletter by email and it must have been blocked by the ISP since no one received it. Brian subsequently
resent it after the meeting and that went through without any problems, so we are learning.
If anyone cannot receive the newsletter because he has a problem with his email please let us know and we will put you on snail mail
with the others who don’t have email
For the next meeting where we are teaming up to make a milking stool, please bring your own turning tools and a cordless screwdriver
and drill bits and glue to help us finish the projects. Also bring a design of the decoration you want to put on it. We will supply the
We hope that attendance will improve as you will all receive this news letter in good time and a reminder by email as well
Drew von Bratt
Competition Dates Articles to be handed in on
Face Plate Turning Thursday evening 21 June
Spindle Turning Thursday evening 16 August
Lidded Box & Inside-out Turning Thursday evening 15 November
LAST MONTH’S MEETING HELD ON
19 APRIL 2007
Duncan Stewart, a local artist who had spent time training in
France, gave us a presentation on enhancing wood turning. He
started by sketching the importance of wood in our lives over the
ages and how wood is embedded in our daily lives. Celtic Milking Stool
We should always be on the lookout for ideas and be conscious of A low three-legged stool with a half round seat, used to sit on
nature and the world around. This will inspire us in our work. while milking a cow.
Whenever he walks along the beach, he is always collecting the
flotsam and jetsam that are thrown up by the sea and taking it
home. He will look at the items from many angles trying to see
what he can make of it.
He showed us an example of wooden plank about 1.2m long by 20
cm wide which he had collected. While at a friends house he was
attracted to three vases that were on display. This inspired him to
paint three vases on the plank. The result can be seen standing on A replica of a Celtic milking stool based on the "Lund" Viking
the lathe in the photograph of Duncan taken during his milking stool which dates from the 11th century.
He also displayed a piece of plywood on which he had used acrylic
craft paint. He indicated that he would finish it off with a coat of
clear varnish. The plywood can be seen in the foreground of the
Making a milking stool
the hard way.
Making a Milking
THIS MONTH’S MEETING Stool by John Boakes
17 MAY Dalesman Publishing
The May meeting will take the form of teams of 3 or 4 members 2001
turning the parts of a milking stool. The teams will be provided
with the wood and be required to turn the top and three legs and
then assemble the stool. The finished stools will be donated to
Nico Swart has kindly agreed that we may use his lathes but
members are required to bring their own chisels, drill bits NEXT MONTH’S MEETING TO BE HELD ON
cordless drill, screws for holding the wood to the faceplate, 21 JUNE 2007
measuring instruments and protective gear. André Schonken will be demonstrating how to turn lace bobbins
You may want to decorate your stool with symbols such as and Colleen Morey will also be present and demonstrate how she
African or Celtic or a combination thereof or some other uses lace bobbins to make lace. Colleen is one of a group of local
symbols. Here are two web sites you may want to look at. ladies who meet on a Saturday morning and keep lace making
African symbols may be found at the following website. alive in Port Elizabeth. It will be fascinating to see how lace is
http://www.calltoactionquilt.org/africansymbols.html made and the role the lace bobbins play. Colleen will bring a few
Celtic symbols may be found at the following website. examples of lace bobbins.
http://www.celticlady.com/celt-syms/basic.html This proved to be very popular evening two years ago. Wives are
specially invited to attend and enjoy the evening with the members
of the Guild.
PEWG 2007 PROGRAM GUILD NOTICES
Date Day Activities 2007 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscriptions were due as from 1 March 2007 and should have
17 May Thursday evening Team Turning of a Milking been paid by 1 April 2007.
Stool Town Members - R220.00
26 May Saturday morning Guild Info & Demo Show Country Members - R132.00.
09:00 - 12:00 at Strand Hardware
21 Jun Thursday evening Lace Bobbin Turning Members are reminded that they should bring along their
refreshments as the fridge is no longer stocked.
5 Jul Thursday afternoon Strand Hardware Road Show
19 Jul Thursday evening Turning Threads THE GUILD’S VIDEOS
The Guild had a number of videos which members could take out
21 Jul Saturday morning Basic Turning Workshop on loan. However, we have lost track of the whereabouts of these
videos and therefore ask members to please check if they still
16 Aug Thursday evening Barley Twist & Inside-out have them in their possession. If so, please return them to any
Turning member of the committee. It would be great to have them
20 Sep Thursday evening Two Members Turning a available for new members to use. Your co-operation will be
Bowl gratefully appreciated.
18 Oct Thursday evening Turning Pens and Bangles
20 Oct Saturday morning Advanced Turning
Workshop FROM THE EDITOR
I trust that the Newsletter is fulfilling your wood turning needs
15 Nov Thursday evening Using a Skew and Off- and that the information is of interest to you.
Centre Turning As you will see, the Committee has prepared a program for 2007
Dec Still to be announced Christmas Party which covers a variety of subjects. Please let the Committee
Bring & Braai know if there is anything else you would like to see in the
program. Your comments will be considered helpful.
17 Jan Thursday evening Miniature Turning & Show As the editor I would love to have your assistance in preparing
Us your Turning Jigs items for inclusion in the Newsletter. It would be of great help if
you would be prepared to write a report on a Guild meeting of
21 Feb Thursday evening AGM about 200 words or 15 lines. If each member made one
20 Mar Thursday evening Turning a Sugar Scoop contribution per year, that would be fantastic and more than our
Newsletter could handle.
Subject to confirmation If you have any further suggestions, please contact me.
Brian.Wells@telkomsa.net 041 379 1307
MEMBERS OF THE 2007 COMMITTEE
Position Name Telephone No. E-mail Address
Chair Drew von Bratt (H) 041 365 2328 email@example.com
Vice Chair Ed Emmett (H) 041 365 2437 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Mike Kritzinger (H) 041 466 1477 No e-mail
Treasurer Rowan Swinnerton (H) 041 466 6821 email@example.com
Newsletter Editor Brian Wells (H) 041 379 1307 Brian.Wells@telkomsa.net
Additional Member Nico Groenewald (H) 041 583 2771 firstname.lastname@example.org
POSSIBLE NEW COMPETITION RULES Notes
The Committee has discussed our present Competition rules in the 1. All pieces entered into categories A to N must clearly
light of comments it has received. We would like members to study demonstrate the use of hand turning skills with the lathe
and consider the rules given below and give us their comments in playing a major role in the making process, contain at least
order for the us to gauge the opinion of members before any firm 80% wood, or wood products, and be turned free hand on
proposal is made to change the rules. Please send your comments a woodturning lathe. Functional materials to complete the
in writing to any member of the Committee. exhibit are acceptable, i.e., clock mechanisms, pepper
mills, electrical switch, tapestries etc.
Categories and Definitions
2. Each member will be limited to two pieces in any one
A. Item with a natural edge
category. They may enter in as many categories as they
B. Bowls up to 200mm, the opening must be greater than 50%
of max dia and the overall height must be less than max dia.
3. An exhibitor who wins a first place in any category as a
C. Bowl over 200mm as above.
novice will in future competitions be eligible only in the
D. Platter A plate exceeding 300mm diameter with its height not
more than 1/10th the max dia.
4. Eligible exhibits are those exhibits that have not been
E. Miniature item/set must fit inside 50mm cube.
entered into any other competition at any time, and that
F. Spindle turned item, the majority of components must be
have been made since the last Guild competition.
turned with the grain running parallel with the axis of the
5. Embellishments (painting carving etc) to finish the exhibit
lathe and its length must be greater than its maximum dia.
must be completed by the entrant
G. Novelty Item.
6. Members who have in the past won first prize in any
H. Matched/Identical pair must be identical in design, size &
competition at any location, or who produce work
specifically for sale to the public are to enter their work in
I. Turned item including other materials.
the open section.
J. Vase Height must be more than the max dia.
K. Lidded container.
M. Laminated/built up.
N. Hollow form must be hollowed through an opening, which is ITEMS OF INTEREST
less than 1/5th of the max dia. If a piece has been joined, the STRAND HARDWARE’S WOODWORKERS ROAD
largest join will be considered to be the opening through SHOW -5 July 2007
which the piece has been hollowed. Strand Hardware is holding a Road Show at their premises
303 Govan Mbeki Ave, Port Elizabeth.on 5 July 2007 from
O. Artistic or Sculptural. 12:00 to 18:00. It will be an opportunity to see the finest wood
P. Ornamental Material not confined to wood. working equipment on tour with new models from the makers
of JET, the well known range of Trend Routing equipment
Q. Turned item including a mechanical device, pens, etc. and also Frameco picture framing equipment. Felix Müller
R. Miscellaneous Items that do not fit any other single category from Austria and our local talent Andre Esterhuyse will be
there and you will be able to chat to them about your
(will not be judged if the piece meets the criteria of another woodworking and how to obtain outstanding results.
category). Pieces with a mixture of other category criteria, The Road Show will also be visiting Boksburg, Randburg,
Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town.
will be accepted as miscellaneous, as will pieces turned using
other than free hand turning, (includes the previous category
TIP TOP COMPETITION
Q, models including turned parts)
Starting next month, an ongoing competition for turning a
S. Turned item using other materials. This category is for pieces successful Tip Top. A bowl blank, donated by Nico Swart,
turned using less than 80% wood. will go to anyone who ever gets it right. Details next
GUILD INFORMATION AND DEMONSTRATION SHOW
Strand Hardware has invited the Guild to join them for their Hardware Show on Saturday 26 May from 09:00 to 12:00.
The Show will take place at their premises in 303 Govin Mbeki Avenue, North End.
At the Show we will be able to inform visitors about the Guild’s activities and also demonstrate wood turning.
All members are invited to come along and assist us in attracting new members.
If you are willing and available to do so, please inform one of the Committee members ASAP of your intention to assist.
Work by NIKOS SIRAGAS
Artistic Woodturner and
In Rethymno, Crete, Greece
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