Simon’s Blog October Club Night

Dear TT&CC members, friends and other contacts who for whatever reason were unable to attend on the night.

This “Hands On” evening turned (pun intended😃) out to be the best club night we’ve enjoyed for a very long time.

Peter Brinsden (Chair) opened the meeting with a further plea for new committee members to step up to the plate.

If you enjoy the club and want it to continue you MUST put your hand up, don’t assume someone else will do it for you or continue doing it because they won’t and can’t. This is the moment when you ask yourself, What can I do for the club? And not, What can the club do for me?

The AGM is on the 3rd Monday in February 2023, put a reminder note in your brain, diary, phone, computer or whatever now, and make sure you attend.

Peter complimented Nick Hunt for keeping our website updated and refreshed and encouraged everyone to look at it regularly and contribute their own articles, photos or other items of interest to wood working enthusiasts. Go here,

Peter further announced next month’s competition is for a Christmas decoration (of your own choosing) and hoped these and any others would be given or lent to be displayed on our tree 🎄 in the parish church this year. Any donations for the tree MUST be given to Liz during November’s club night.

Jacqui Hunt (Treasurer) was busy signing people in and taking their £1 subscription fee.  A head count later revealed 25 people in attendance, this included several faces not seen for some time and it also showed several ‘regulars’ to be AWOL.

(Nothing too serious I hope)

The Raffle Table was once again successfully managed by Mike King and with plenty of donations made a very useful £40 towards club funds. Thanks to Mike and all contributors and participants.

The Sale Table was a bit light but some wood sales added to the club’s funds. We have loads more wood in the cupboard to sell in aid of club funds, please buy some next time. Thanks to Elaine for looking after the sales table.

The Competition was for a bud vase and it was very well patronised for a change with a wonderful variety of interesting designs and choices of wood/materials.

1st,Dave Vernon. (By one point)

2nd, Mike King.

3rd, Mark Hancock.

With a bit of luck there should be a photo below.

Bud Vases

The I Made This Table also had a variety of items in different timbers on display and available for critical examination and appraisal.

Hopefully a photo will appear as if by magic somewhere below.

I Made This

Mark and other helpers had got 3 club lathes out and ready for volunteers to use. Mark firstly demonstrated how to make a Christmas 🌲 bauble. Then club members were invited to have a go at duplicating the decoration.  New face, (from Men in Sheds) Sean was up for a try mentored by David Trewin.

Joe Pitt was busy on another lathe whilst Richard Bury was using the Big A*** club lathe both under the watchful eye and tutelage of Mark. Whilst I interfered and generally got in the way as usual, I even managed to get a catch on Joe’s work causing his masterpiece to become airborne ✈️oops!!

Many helping hands got things tidied up, put away and swept clean  in short order and all was done and dusted by around 9.30pm. 

We all felt the evening was the best one we’d had for ages, even those who didn’t take an active part enjoyed chatting amongst themselves over their tea and biscuits.(Thanks to Kate and Liz, our very own refreshment executives).

Milton Abbot church held a Craft Fair on Saturday 15th, contributers included Howard (segmented work) and his wife Mari (crocheted figures) Liz more crocheted items, and myself with a selection of Treen and recycled bottle wares. Other stalls were selling Christmas cards, soft furnishings, odds and ends, local honey plus tea/coffee and cake.  Attendance was not encouraged by the poor weather, nevertheless quite a few familiar faces showed up to add their support. The church made some money, the stallholders made some sales and we all thought it was worthwhile and a bit of fun.

Trago”s pensioner day is Thursday 27th when further discounts are offered to senior citizens. (Old F**ts😃)

During the last month or so I have received several private commissions for turned wooden bowls and feedback has been complimentary.

Plus a commission for recycled glassware, results are sometimes smashing!!

A request to make a pawn to replace one missing from a chess set.  

I enjoyed making a “knock out bar” for a fellow turner and this encouraged me to make one for myself to replace the 6″ nail I have been using!!

Banana hanger made from lump of Yew and an old bucket handle that I “saved”.

Best Wishes to everyone.

Simon Boghurst.

TT&CC Vice Chair.