The purpose of this website is to provide you with some basic information about the club – when and where we meet, what meetings are like, details about membership and other club activities. It’s not meant to be a gallery of resources about woodturning, simply an introduction to the club.​
​The Club has been running for over 20 years and has always been affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).

Our Roots have always been set in the heart of the Midlands known as the “Black Country”. The Black Country is a defined area steeped in industrial history. For a flavour of its early days follow the link, you may find it interesting:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Country

The club home is located at Dudley College, this is a super venue with easy disability access, and plenty of free parking, “Club Nights” are usually held on the third Thursday of the month. 6pm to 9pm. (see events page for full details).

Since the start of the 2020 pandemic the club has had to rethink and re define how it pilots the future, we now embrace technology as best we can, mixed with good old hands on learning. We were able to remain open throughout the Pandemic period by hosting across the Zoom platform, However we are very happy to state that since October 2021 we are back open at Dudley College.

We host a variety of meeting types informal online monthly “Chinwags” via Zoom plus monthly club night events, made up of Hands on, Club turner or professional demos.

All are welcome, from those thinking of taking up this fabulous hobby to those already giving it a go you will meet and enjoy the company of a friendly bunch of folk, sharing your venture to learn more about this historic craft.

If you are interested contact us via the web site or simply come along and see what goes on. Details of the costs involved are shown on the  Mission Tag “Joining the Club”. as well as Organisation & Documents where you will find  our policies on Safeguarding & Health & Safety matters.

July Club Demo

Unfortunately, Wolfgang had gone down with sickness and wasn’t able to give the evening’s demonstration, the club a get well soon to Wolfgang.

So with this in mind we have had a very quick change of venue and woodturner, many thanks went out to Steve Hackett for standing in, at very short notice and carrying out the demonstration.

The evening’s project being a Caddy Spoon inspired by a project in Phil Iron’s book, Two-in-One Woodturning.

Rob is looking after the cameras and the sound system as normal, Ian was in attendance as well. learning how to use the equipment.

Wood used – Iroko, Wood size – 55mm x 55mm x 120mm

Tools used – Spindle gouge – Callipers – Parting Tool – Bowl gouge – Sphere Jig with 8mm cutter – Ground down holesaw – round rasp file

The blank was pre-turned to a round shape.

Steve started the lathe at 1100 rpm and began to remove the waste from the handle area after he had marked out the area for the ball to be turned.

The turning continued until Steve had a shape that resembled a rough ball shape with approximately 45° sides.

He then fitted his Sphere cutter to the lathe, the cutter was lined up with the centre of the ball area and the height adjusted to be at the centreline for cutting, this was then cut to a round by swinging the cutter back and forth, advancing the cutter about half a turn at a time.

With the ball now being finished, Steve also showed the holesaw method and how it could be used to form the ball shape. This method uses an old holesaw with the teeth ground away leaving a burr on the cutting edge

It was at this point sanding of the ball area took place (120 – 240 – 320 and 400 grit), keeping health and safety in mind at all times and using the appropriate PPE.

The handle area was now turned down to shape and size. Steve made sure the opposite end to the ball was left the same diameter as the ball. Ready for mounting into a bandsaw cutting jig, at the same time the handle was slimmed down for ease of using. At this point, the ball and handle were sanded.

A sliding bandsaw cutting jig was made to lay the caddy spoon into and then small blocks were used to position and secure the blank in the jig by the use of CA glue.

A centerline was marked onto the caddy and then used the jig on the bandsaw to cut along the length of the caddy, at this point, we now have two caddy blanks.

Steve then turned a jam cup chuck to mount the caddy into,

with an area cut out for the handle to sit as it will revolve outside of the cup chuck.

This will mean that the caddy is turning with an out-of-balance area, it was suggested by Chris to put the tool rest across the work it will tend to minimize a fly out of the chuck. The caddy was turned at 1200rpm to start with and then increased to 1600rpm while using a shear cut along the length of the caddy.

The bowl of the caddy was turned out initially with the tailstock in place for support.

Sanding took place, with the various grits being used. With the caddy out of the cup chuck,

a sanding disc pad was installed into a Jacobs chuck attached to the headstock to finish off the sanding and shaping of the caddy handle.

When finished the caddy had a coat of hard wax oil applied.

We had our normal banter from the attendees, whilst having a joke about what was happening.

All questions were asked and answered as we progressed through the evening.

I would like to thank Steve for standing in at the last minute on behalf of the club, and for his effort, also for taking over his workshop again for our entertainment on the night.

On our next demo night, we will have a professional turner taking the helm to guide us through the demonstration.

See you next time.

Martin Sabin-Smith – June Demo

The evening’s demonstrator was Martin Sabin-Smith from “Hampshire Sheen & The Woodturning Shop.”

Who will demonstrate a bowl with a textured and colored band to include Hot wax technique and a demonstration of Hampshire Sheen products.

Martin welcome everybody and started the demo, with prerecorded videos on how Zoom meetings run and how to use it, which was followed by additional information about health and safety and the requirements of PPE to be used within the workshop for the various aspects of woodturning.

Wood blanks for the project was Maple sized to 10 inches by 3 inches. Martin started off by producing the outside of the bowl to a set curve, following the rule of 3rds and the golden ratio, producing a shape that is pleasing to the eye.

At the same time as producing the outside of the bowl, Martin was describing the three-point contact for the tools, During this process, Martin suggested that we should always try using each cut as a final cut to get a good finish without tear-out of the wood, in this way we are always practicing a final cut. A tenon was produced on the base of the bowl ready for mounting into Axminster gripper jaws,

When satisfied with the shape Martin decided where the band would be placed, at this point he used an Arbotech carver which had a standard cutter disc attached, this was applied to the bowl at around the seven o’clock position, with the lathe running at 400rpm. The cutter produced a texture all around the bowl, it did take a couple of cuts to get the required texture

ready for coloring.

At this stage, a parting tool was used to put a line on either side of the band. A sanding sealer was applied over the band at this stage. This area was now sprayed with a black spray and allowed to dry prior to adding a gold embellishing wax over the raised texture, with a light touch, using a paper towel so that it only covered the top of the raised texture.

Martin then took questions from a number of participants and answered accordingly.

The area above and below the band was now cleaned up with cuts to remove the overspray leave an unpainted area ready for sanding, then for sanding sealer to be applied, and when dry a lacquer was used from the Hampshire Sheen range of products.

The bowl was now reversed and held in the gripper jaws, at this stage the center was hollowed out at the same time as describing how to manipulate the gouge and keeping the bevel rubbing when removing the waste wood. Martin gave good explanations all the way through the demonstration.

Sanding started from 180 grit using a drill & pad and then through to 240 grit, then to 400 grit, and sometimes 600 grit. Martin then applied the sanding sealer, when dry Hampshire Sheen finishing wax was applied, a very small amount was used and then buffed up by applying light pressure with the finger pads and continue to shine, a number of coats were applied.

The final application of wax was heated by a hot air gun to melt the wax to give a shine and then it was and buffed up as before with the pads of the fingers to give a high shine.

At the end of the demonstration, a number of people asked for Martin to be a demonstrator in the future, due to it being very well presented and enjoyable as it progressed in addition to being over the three-hour mark for the evening entertainment.

At the end of the night, Martin gave a discount code for his products which I would hope some people took up. In our opinion, the demonstration was to a very high standard and worth every penny that we paid for his expertise.


The Wood Turning Shop

Presentation at Mary Stevens Hospice 28th May 2021

Today we are at Mary Stevens Hospice to present the Wig stands that were turned by the club members for the people who are undergoing treatment for illnesses who also need additional help with other areas of their treatment and wellbeing.

Those present for the handover were Roger Cheshire, Stephen Hackett, and Barrie Fisher, committee members of the Black Country Woodturners Club.  James Totney, the community, and events fundraiser from Mary Stevens Hospice accepted the Wig stands from us on behalf of the hospice. James stated that it was a pleasure to accept them and was impressed with the craftsmanship being displayed.

At the handover we undertook a photoshoot of the Wig stands and people present, James also had Beth come along for the event. 

He also stated that he is looking forward to the visit by the club for the summer fair being held in September.  In addition, he confirmed we would be able to have an area for the items that we can turn for the charity to sell, so they can gain additional funds for the Mary Stevens Hospice.