Issue No. 1
Premier Cup entry
and the winner is…….
Another year passes so quickly and around came our A.G.M. As always it was good to see
that 22 members were able to attend the evening.
There was plenty to talk about and our Chair person (Dawn Hopley) went through a
presentation of 2019 and all the demonstrations. It is surprising when you look back, you
realise the variety and level of interest that we had. Thanks to Dawn for organising all the
events as well as being our acting Chair person.
On the financial situation, the Club is still in good shape. The average number of members
attending each meeting was up, compared to the previous year and so too was the number
of visitors. The Club had also received and accepted new applications for membership
and remains optimistic for this coming year.
The result of the competitions were : Premier Cup - Hugh Field and Challenge Cup - John
Fri 6 th - Chris Parker - Texturing and Colouring
This will be Chris’s first visit to our Club and he hails from Lancashire. I am sure he
will get a warm welcome from MSWA as he will be demonstrating Texturing and
Fri 3 rd - Dawn Hopley - Mini Router Techniques
Our very own Dawn Hopley will be demonstrating the techniques
of using a mini-router to do simple lettering and drawing
with a mini drill.
Forth Coming Competitions
Challenge Cup – An Advanced Spoon, Scoop
or Kitchen Utensil
This is for Challenge Cup and will follow on from our
demonstration from Mike Taylor, whereby Mike will be
demonstrating his skills of green wood carving and turning.
The wood carving includes making a spoon and other cooking
It will be interesting to see what you come up with.
Novice Cup – A Small Platter with Texturing and/or Colouring
Following on from our demonstration from Chris Parker, we will be running the Novice
Cup competition for a small platter with your creative ideas on texturing and colouring.
Below are a few examples to inspire you.
At Our Last Meeting
Green Wood Skills, Spoon Carving,
Gipsy Flowers and Pole Turning - Mike Taylor
Mike started his demonstration by talking about Gipsy Flowers.
Something that I am sure not many people have heard about.
It is a simple and very affective way of producing a “wooden
flower” from a small branch.
Mike started with a single pull cut,
being careful not to cut too deep and
short of the end of the branch. Then,
turning the branch and working the
same as before. After turning and
turning, building up the flower Mike
displayed the finished flower.
The more you make, the more can fill
the vase. The flowers can be coloured
or sprayed to give different effects.
Mike then went onto split a freshly
cut log to a size suitable to make a
carved spoon by using his trusty hand
axe, which he keeps very sharp and able to whittle the wood
into shape. Finally using a pull cut to shape the handle and a
very sharp carving tool to form the bowl of the spoon. As you
can see from the next photo to end up with a unique set of
Then onto pole turning. Mike is well practised at the art of
pole turning. He owns two woodland plots which he tends and
manages from which he makes his living. He makes flowers,
shrink pots, spoons and kitchen utensil and many more things
which he sells at craft fairs and games shows around the midlands
When the piece of wood has
reached an approximate roundish
look and feel it is transferred onto
the pole lathe and as Mike treadles away so the wood starts
to take form.
With pole turning, Mike sharpens his
tools was also slightly different way to
that for a power lathe., so using a wipe board he drew and explained
the angles of grind.
Thank you Mike, for a very interesting and informative demonstration.
Members Own Work
(by Vance Lupton)
From time to time, we are delighted to display the work of one of our members. It is not
only good to see what others are working on, but it also gives inspiration for ourselves.
Novice Cup - Any Item turned in 2019
This month’s entry and winner for the Novice Cup was:-
Chairman - Mike Taylor
Tel: 07860 501379
Secretary - Will Rose
Tel: 01543 490309
Vice Chair - Dawn Hopley
Tel: 07860 501379
Treasurer - Phil Williams
Tel: 07753 416955
Membership - Vance Lupton
Come & Join Us
We usually meeting on the first Friday
of the month between 7:00pm
and 10:00pm. Visit our website
www.mswa.co.uk and click on the
Meeting Calendar to confirm the
We Meet At:-
Etchinghill Village Hall
East Butts Road
How to Join
MSWA encourage new members to develop their skills of wood turning.
To obtain a Membership Application Form, visit our website and click on
the Contact Us in the menu bar and download an application form.
Mike Taylor likes working with Alder Wood. If you
would like to try this hardwood or have tuition on Pole
Lathe Turning then contact Mike on 07871 994959 and
Mid Staffs Woodturners Association meets on the first Friday
of every month between 7:00pm and 10:00 pm