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Jimmy Clewes Demonstration
Weekend Workshop 3 & 4 May 2014

Northern Turners is a member of Woodgroup SA
A very successful weekend was spent by Northern Turners and members from other woodworking clubs enjoying the repartee, technical expertise and design offered by Jimmy Clewes who came to Australia as a result of co-operation between clubs in several States. Tim Skilton was the force behind getting Jimmy to come and with Greg Jackson's help we were able to see him producing a number of elegant pieces.

Among these were an Asian style square lidded box with wings (red gum), a box with inlaid lid with a gilded ring around the inlay (blackheart sassafras with walnut inlay), a platter (ash), a natural edge vase (yellow-wood), a lidded box (Australian cedar with Huon pine lid), as well as a quirky goblet which would hold a very small tot of your favourite tipple on an extremely delicate stem. One of the features of this demonstrator was the fine finish on his pieces, with suggestions such as use of shellac under oil finishes.

It was clear from Jimmy's presentation that he has taught a great deal, and has given thought to almost every aspect of turning, especially the different tool grinds, angles of presentation, and the different cuts possible. He emphasised that it didn't matter which tools or approaches you used, if you produced a good result, that was the important thing. After all, the purchasers are not wood-turners!

With the usual good lunches provided by the caterers, a successful raffle of the prizes donated by Carba-Tec and Leda, and auction of the pieces at the end of the workshop, everyone had a great time and went away with new ideas. Hopefully we will see the results at the next Show and Tell.

And some advance notice:   Due to a fortunate situation, the renowned Irish turner, Liam O'Neil, will be in Australia in February 2015 and we expect to have him conduct a weekend demonstration.  More details will be available quite soon.  Check out some of his large goblets on his website.  I expect they will really be a challenge on Tim's usual demonstration lathe.