Simons’ Blog Feb 22

Dear All,

Herewith my summary of the above event for those unable to attend for whatever reason.

Peter Brinsden started the meeting with the sad news of Roger Gubbin’s untimely death.

David Trewin who had been good friends with Roger for many years passed on a few anecdotes about some of Roger’s little known personality traits including a ‘soft side’ which he kept well hidden from most.  A minute’s silence was held in his memory.

Peter made several announcements including our intention to decline the invitation to attend the Robey Trust Steam Fair in June for a variety of different reasons.

However, we will attend the RAF Harrowbeer 2 day event in August and need the full support of all members to not only help erect and dismantle the marquee but also to fill it with loads of our lovely handmade wooden items to display and sell.  This has the threefold effect of making money not only for members but also for the club, plus it’s an excellent P.R. and recruitment exercise for TT&CC.

Those attending were fewer in number than usual, a head count revealed under 20 in attendance.

WHY is this? 

What’s wrong?

How can we make club nights more attractive?  

Your remedial ideas please!

Those who did attend were rewarded with a successful evening which included the following attractions.

Raffle table, once again hosted by Mike King, proceeds in aid of our Covid depleted club funds.

Sale table had a ton of various wood species blanks available at silly cheap prices in aid of club funds for turning, some of this had come from The Garden House in Buckland Monachoram, Peter brought in a supply of Holly log rounds whilst further supplies came from various sources including some I “found abandoned” near the local council offices!

Luckily they fitted quite well into the Clio’s boot😃.

The competition table was very well supported with 9 or 10 high quality entries of different/unique designs, sizes and materials.  With such outstandingly good entries it was extremely difficult to choose which one received the tiddlywinks. Nevertheless, 

1st place Howard Davies.

2nd place Mark Hancock.

3rd place Mike King.

Well Done to all those who took part, more next time please which is for a Free Form Spindle, come on show us what you can do! (especially following Mark’s demo).

The, I Made This table had a variety of different items on show some of which were available for sale. Howard Davies displayed 2 of his extraordinarily time consuming bowls made up from literally hundreds of small, different wood varieties glued together into geometric patterns, prior to turning. Outstanding!

Mark provided the evenings main event with an entertaining and educational demonstration on spindle turning including beads, coves, curves and valleys etc whilst producing his own and therefore unique tool handle. N.B. we have sturdy copper pipe in the cupboard which makes good tool ferrules.

The half time break included the raffle draw and competition results but alas no refreshments as the water supply to the “Den” had been interrupted by some supply fault. Water board workers were out with their listening rods at the lower end of the car park when I left soon after 9.30pm.

Mark concluded his spindle turning presentation with a demonstration on how to make an attractive finial to enhance various projects visual appearance. The big screen  CCTV was much appreciated by those watching and gave a better view of Mark’s turning techniques.

Many helpful hands soon had everything cleared away and swept clean as the successful meeting drew to a close. 

Next month’s club night happens to be on Bank Holiday Monday, but don’t let that prevent you from attending, we’ll be there as usual.

Mike King has made yet more items for the Milton Abbot church bell tower restoration fund project and I understand their target of £97,000 has now been achieved.  Due in large part to Mike’s efforts around £1,000 has been raised via sales of our wares and donations. Well done all who took part in this worthwhile project.

Lastly if you’re struggling to find anything good to watch on telly, try YouTube and search under archive Giant Redwood movies.  I found a black and white one produced in the early 1900s where lumberjacks were felling these monsters with axes and saws, chainsaws had not yet been invented!!

Of course, we would now consider their activities as a crime, some of these trees are over 2000 years old with one particular variety in the Sierra Nevada reaching up to 4,000 years of age and reaching a height in excess of 300 feet  and a diameter of up to 30 feet thick at the base!!

Well worth watching.

Best Wishes to All