Simon’s Blog April Clubnight

Dear Bodgers, Associates, Friends and All Others who were unable to attend for whatever reason.

Our April club night fell on Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) so it was no surprise that numbers were lower than usual. Unfortunately Covid, ill health, holidays and other committments all reduced attendance still further. Nevertheless, about 18 happy souls still made it for the evening. Not too bad really!

Peter Brinsden was away in Malta enjoying a much overdue R&R carer’s break,  I offered to do the necessary during his absence.


Ecofest is to take place in “The Meadows” on Saturday 16th July from 12 noon until 6pm ending just before the Carnival Procession. It was decided that we would like to attend on a smaller scale BUT only if the event organisers can find space for us within their Big Top tent. (We decided it required too much time/effort to put up our own marquee for only half a day) I have already emailed the event organisers with this proposal, and await their reply. Club members are needed to help set up and supply items to display and sell.

David Trewin, has mentioned that Jeremy and Nicky

(07983 636888) at Uphill Farm, Walled Garden, Yelverton have loads of Ash and Yew suitable for turning, ring for directions, any questions and pricing. They are also hoping to find someone with the necessary skill to carve (conventionally or with chainsaw) an Owl from the above timber, sounds like a bit of a Hoot,🦉to me!!

No need to get into a flap over it though, ha ha!!

David Trewin is also hosting a visit to his own workshop on Saturday 14th May in the afternoon. The £5 per head ticket price includes tea/coffee and cake🍰 and a workshop demonstration by David.

There are only 3 places left so first to reply to me get the places.  If the event is hopelessly oversubscribed David has suggested a 2nd sitting could be arranged.

Bring a folding chair if this happens.

Contact me for directions or use this what 3 words locating tool, (limbs.squabbles.trainer) which will take you to the venue.

Jacqui Hunt (Treasurer, details above) advises me that there are still many membership fees which have not yet been paid. We can now easily take payment by cash, card or internet and the £25 per annum membership fee remains unchanged once again this year.

Nick Hunt, (Webmaster) has confirmed that members MUST register on the website in order to gain full access to all of the benefits on offer to members.

The Bells, The Bells🔔🔔!! Milton Abbot church have invited TT&CC to attend their “Special Bell Tower Completion Event”. This on the Jubilee Weekend Saturday 4th June at 2.30 pm, tea/cake 🍰 available afterwards. I have already accepted with a maximum of 10 to attend. Priority will be given to those who have supported the church’s fund raising efforts. Details and car sharing arrangements at next club night.

The Usual Things.

We had and still have a ton of wood stored in the cupboard, buy some next time, in aid of club funds.

Perhaps because of the low turnout only 3 members entered the competition.

Joint winners were Mike King and myself with Howard Davies as runner up.

More next time please, this is for a bon-bon dish, max 6″dia, as per Mark’s demo see below.

I brought along some of my own items for the sale table, but alas made no sales☹️!

Mike ran the raffle and thanks to generous donations and ticket sales made £18 for the club funds, this was further supplemented by Kate and Liz during our half time tea/coffee refreshment break. Well done to all supporters.

Mark once again took to the lathe, this time looking exactly like he does on the front cover of our new flyer handout!

Many hints, tips and product advice was forthcoming during his entertaining tutorial on bowl turning which was also on the big screen TV. 

Many Thanks Mark👍.

Richard Bury astonished many of us by not only bringing in one of his large handmade rowing boat oars but also that he planted and harvested the wood they were made from.

Hilaria (his Citroen van/car thing) has come up quite white after a thoroughly good wash, I thought it was silver!!

Forthcoming Attraction, 

Demonstration by me🤕, don’t sit too close!

How to make spheres (balls) using only the most basic tools and a “Cereal” box? 

See photo below of kitchen towel holder with 2 of my practice spheres at the base on show on the I made this table.

Very Best Wishes to All.

Simon Boghurst

Vice Chair, TT&CC.