Special anniversary marked in style with club demonstration

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance demonstrates. Pictures: Courtesy of the Waveney and District...

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance demonstrates. Pictures: Courtesy of the Waveney and District Woodturners - Credit: Archant

A special celebratory event has been hailed a success.

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance turned fun items including a Tippy Top. Pictu

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance turned fun items including a Tippy Top. Pictures: Courtesy of the Waveney and District Woodturners - Credit: Archant

A full-day demonstration by one of the most highly regarded international turners in the UK attracted a fine turnout.

The Waveney and District Woodturners held an 'extremely successful day' at their Mutford headquarters on Saturday, September 30, as Gary Rance showcased his skills.

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance demonstrated spindle turning. Pictures: Courte

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance demonstrated spindle turning. Pictures: Courtesy of the Waveney and District Woodturners - Credit: Archant

This Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) sponsored 30th anniversary event drew 40 enthusiastic people, comprising a mixture of club members, potential new members and interested members of the public, six of whom are now new club members.

The Waveney Woodturners' event at Mutford Village Hall was aided by an AWGB birthday bash grant. A club spokesman said: 'Gary Rance, the quickest turner ever seen at the club, was invited to demonstrate and gave an enthralling, informative and, at times, humorous display, holding everyone's attention from the start.

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance gets four tens in a Strictly Come Turning-styl

Waveney Woodturners special demonstration. Gary Rance gets four tens in a Strictly Come Turning-style committee vote. Pictures: Courtesy of the Waveney and District Woodturners - Credit: Archant


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'Although there were breaks for a delicious light lunch and a couple of tea breaks, Gary still managed to complete seven individual pieces, starting with the informative use of a skew chisel, highlighting the bevel angle and the correct approach to maximise safety and tool control.'

After lunch numerous fun items were turned that would be great for children. The club spokesman added: 'These comprised a humming top, the design of which dates back to the 1880s, and a tippy top that suddenly flips onto its head and continues to spin. Even on small items like these Gary remained positive and held everyone's interest.'

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A display of members' works were then showcased, and these were assessed by Mr Rance, with his comments appreciated by all – particularly as he praised the quality of the work.

The spokesman added: 'The day was rounded off by having a committee vote – Strictly Come Turning style – as to whether or not the day was a success and whether we should invite Gary back... and guess what? He got four 10s, including a ten from Len.

'The event was made the success it undoubtedly was by the committee and helpers arriving early to set up and subsequently clearing up – a big round of applause was given to the tea ladies, Margaret and Jennie, for keeping everyone refreshed.'

For further information about the club visit www.waveneywoodturners.co.uk or call 01502 565865.

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