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Scott chose to demonstrate turning fruit, which he did with humour and considerable skill. He used some laburnum for both the apple and the pear, describing in some detail the home-made jigs he uses. The jig for the pear was a cylindrical MDF add-on to the more usual fruit screw chuck which we generally make ourselves. His was plastic which he said meant it lasts a bit longer, the pear ‘extension’ slotting snuggly over the top but with an essential hole in the side to allow the accurate positioning of the hole in the top of the pear onto the screw. As someone who tends to use cloves for the non-stalk end, Scott’s use of a charred (pyrograph) pip left when turning was a worthwhile alternative. His preferred finish is a Polyx floor polish from Osmo which seems to seal and polish in one coat (for more details click here ). In addition, Scott showed us how he tackles thistle-shaped bottle stoppers, using a long, conical home-made screw-chuck with a 12mm diameter coach bolt providing the screw. This allows access to the stopper end with a spindle gouge as well as providing the hole for a dowel to support the plastic stopper. He also showed us a neat means of darkening the wood (he was using oak) by suspending the stopper over household ammonia in a sealed(!) jar. The darkening depends upon how long the jar is left (and ammonia is a gas it evaporate, completely when the stopper is removed. His method of making a bunch of grapes involved string, dye and PVA adhesive and was effective and straightforward if a little tedious to implement. He ended by turning a yew mushroom, emphasising the spindle gouge technique he uses to produce a smooth finish for the undercut gills. The evening was both enjoyable and instructive.


The next Club Night is on Friday 15th May and is the annual visit of Chris Pouncy from Robert Sorby. Chris brings a fair amount of material from Sorby for sale and also demonstrates some of the Sorby tools in an entertaining way. I know it is the evening before our Annual Show, but it will provide an opportunity for you all to bring in your entries for the show, as well seeing what novel kit Sorby has available!

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