Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Ringmer Steam Fair 28/9th July Nr. Lewis Sussex


Mike Gordon making stool legs for a commission for Hillary Plant with a few leftovers



Not sure what Andrew was making.


Bumped into Phil  who has a shop the Old English Tool shop at Monks Granary, Standard Quay Faversham harbour. He lost a gazebo in the overnight storm.

The Anchor pub –  home made scotch eggs are great and they also do their own speciality picked eggs – I liked the beetroot.


Mike and Andrew deep in discussion!

The horrendous weather did not improve sales or help visitor numbers. This was not the event for us and will be looking for an alternative for next year. However - thanks to the organizers who gave us the opportunity.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Wednesday 18th July at Fairlop Woodturners in Dagenham.

This was the first proper hands on meeting since our move. We now have six working lathes (one next door). The pillar drill and stand is the next bit of kit to complete.


We have four lathes down one side, with a Graduate on the other.

John Houghton was probably the first member to make something in the new workshop!

I think this was from magnolia.

Graham Pook a close second with this oak whistle.


The allotmenteers (we share their facilities) are a friendly bunch. I opened the security gates to let one out and this was his tip!

What a well-attended restart to our group. Many thanks go to John Brotherton our chairman who put so much work into the workshop build.

Our thanks also to the Worshipful Company of turners and the AWGB who contributed to our moving and workshop building expenses.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Eleveden Country Show IP24 3TD 7/8th July


Another Quintessentially British Events / Classic Festival and Events. 

Great to meet up with friends Dave and Sue (stick makers).

Dave believes in passing on his skills to a younger generation.  This young lady was impressive!


Dave had three trainees over the weekend – that the way to do it!

Kevin Philpott normally match fishing at the weekend was carving ducks – I love ducks and so would you if you saw them.

 Great craftsman and his wife makes bullrushes!

   Decoy ducks and Shorebirds –      kelvinphilpott1@hotmail.co.uk

Bob has it! No matter how difficult the circumstances he attracts punters. Willow weaving and not a basket in sight!

Mrs Philpott’s bull rushes to the right.

Bumped into Mike Lish who has a stump removal business in East Anglia he has wood to give away to a good cause - i.e. green woodworkers. If you are interested -  info@bltz-a-stump.co uk

Well, a very difficult weekend if you were a trader. Football (England) at 3.00pm so everyone left! Traders closed up early and enjoyed some great local discounted cider and a big screen (care of the event organisers).  Extreme heat kept the public away on Sunday but the organisers take this on the chin. It won’t put me off next year. Met some very interesting people and made some more useful contacts.