Thursday, 26 September 2019

18th September Fairlop Woodturners

Graham Pook our new chairman was demonstrating pen making partly as a tribute to our late chairman John Brotherton who made very good pens.

We used the container as a demonstration area which worked out very well.

Dianne Brotherton joined us for lunch.

Our next demonstration is next week 11.00 - 3.00pm with Tony Walton

 Monday 16th September Visit to Slough House Wood Binacre Essex

Nic Smith is now making felt!

Great to meet up with Katie, Will and Sue and Nic and Olvin Smith. A pity it was just a short visit.

Wonder of Wood Burwash Manor Cambs. 14/15th September

This was a brand new event organised by Tim Ratcliffe (champion hedge layer)


Bob Levy willow weaver, no matter how good or bad the show, the weather, he manages to do well.

Malcolm Ruffell basket maker.

David Owen with the Wimpole Lathers engaging young people in green woodworking and raising funds for good causes.

This first year was great, thanks to Tim and crew. Looking forward to next year!

Wednesday 25th September Livery lunch at Apothecaries Hall Blackfriars.

This was my first lunch as a liveryman. What a fabulous setting and great company.

Some of the Company silver was out as table decorations. along with some stunning pieces of ornamental turning. I try to engage with these pieces and admire the craftsmanship as would any maker.

I was fortunate to be seated next to Gillian Machorton, who was with her brother a woodturner. A very interesting Lady she lives in Norfolk not too far away from Harriot Sprigg.  She was facinated by her story and may well get in touch. with her. 

She was assisting me in trying to get a close up of the engraving.

What a very pleasant experience and one I could recommend.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Informal meeting with the new master at The Old Doctor Butlers head, Masons Avenue EC2V 5BT

This was a get together for new liverymen to find out more about the company (WCT).

Good company and fun. I had a short journey but many didn't. Thanks to them for making a much greater effort.

Monday, 9 September 2019

7&8th September Belmont Wood Fest & Country Fair 2019

I think this was my third time at this event. As usual we were opposite the static engine guys who were chugging all day long, unfortunately the fumes were coming our way!


Jon Burbage and Keith Leonard were attracting crowds almost. There was not a huge turnout from the public and a surprising amount of woodworkers amongst them.

One of the newer recruits from the Kent group another Carol I think.

Keith was minding his shop whilst Carol was holding bag decorating sessions.

A Kent made and decorated pennant by Leonard Industries.

Damien Goodburn was demonstrating and educating the punters.

We were joined in the woods by Jill Swan, Roundhouse Richie and Phil Kara. Richie took me out to a local pub the Timberbatts Inn in Bodsham. It is run by Kaos blacksmiths who we have met many times at events. The food is Cajun and very worth trying, beer great. Have a look on the web at the bar pictures. Only open Thursday to Sunday.