Martin Saban-Smith

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November 2021 Challenge: Calabashes

Recently, Woodturning360 members enjoyed a remote demonstration by Emiliano Achaval from the islands of Hawaii. The demo was warmly received and Emiliano’s passion for calabashes rubbed off on our membership. The challenge after the demo was for members to turn their own calabashes from what they learned from Emiliano. The slideshow below are the results …

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Turn-Along With Les

In Zoom, on a date to be decided, Les is looking for WT360 members who have internet access in their workshops and sheds to join him for a free trial event. The idea is that everyone in the meeting turns what Les does, copying the techniques to create their own version of the project. It …

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‘Candle’ Challenge Submissions

Well done and thank you to all the WT360 members who submitted work for the April 2021 challenge of ‘Candle’. Here’s the slideshow of their work.

Information and Tips on Demonstrations and Meetings

Here is some information we hope you will find useful about our club meetings and demonstrations, where to find recordings in the Facebook group, some limitations we face as a club as well as tips on overcoming connection issues at your end. Join the Facebook Group First and foremost, to access recordings of our demonstrations …

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October ’20 Challenges: Pumpkins and Wands

It only seemed right to have a slightly spooky challenge for our members in our first October together . . .

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September ’20 Challenges: Getting Round with a Bowl and ‘Mixed-Up’

This month, WT360 members were challenged with Getting Round with a Bowl and ‘Mixed-Up’ Challenges. There is a fine selection of work here from our members – Read on to see the slideshow.

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August Challenges: Texture and A Flatter Platter

This month, members were challenged with experimenting with texture and turning a flatter platter – that’s all the information there were given! Have a look at the slideshow to see how they did!

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July Challenges: Honey Dippers and a Taste of Asia

For the July challenges, WT360 members were tasked with their first cryptic piece and an easy piece – Honey Dippers and ‘A Taste of Asia’.

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Japanese Tea Bowl and Honey Dipper

Here’s my offering for the July club challenges. The Japanese Tea Bowl is 4×2.5″beech wood with a black gesso base with Jo Sonja Irridescent Paints over the top, finished with a few coats of Hampshire Sheen Clear Gloss Lacquer. The inside was coloured with Intrinsic Sky Blue and Pear Green dyes. This was finished with …

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June Challenges: Spinning Tops and YoYos

Members of the brand new Woodturning360 Club had an easy start to their members challenges with Spinning Tops and YoYo’s. Here’s the slideshow of their work

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Turning Clothing and Attire

What to wear when you’re turning? There are various things that are good to wear, and things that should be avoided. This article is an extension of the PPE as what you wear can have affect on woodturning safety. Comfort You may well be standing in front of the lathe for many hours at a …

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A Question of Insurance

Urgh! Insurance. Like it or loath it, it can save you a lot of money in an unfortunate incident. Here are some things worth thinking about, particularly if you are considering selling your work, demonstrating or teaching.

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Lathes: A Guided Tour

Everyone loves new toys, and buying a lathe can be a significant investment. Let’s take a simple look at lathes without getting too lost in the technical stuff.

Site Translations

With Woodturning360, membership is available to every woodturner around the world if they want to join. To help them, we’ve just added a quick and easy way to translate the site to non-English speaking members.

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Anatomy of a Gouge

Gouges are fabulous tools to use in all their shapes and sizes. This article introduces each of the ‘bits’ of gouges in general and their common names.

6 Set Tool Box

A perfect introduction to woodturning tools is a box set of six tools like those illustrated in this article. This box contains Spindle Roughing Gouge, Bowl Gouge, Spindle Gouge, Skew Chisel, Round Nose Scraper and a Parting Tool.

Personal Protection Equipment

Personal Protection Equipment is a must for a safe working environment. Here are some guidelines on what are considered to be essential items for your protection and that of others in your workshop.

Safety in Your Workshop

No matter how confident or experienced you are as a turner, safety in your workshop should always be front and centre in your mind – Not just for you, but for anyone in the workshop with you. Also remember, that the safety of your workshop is your responsibility.

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