Pole Lathe Turning

 The Tottington Woodlanders summer show season  for 2012 has started.  So far we have visited two shows and both have been very successful, although totally different in character.
On Sunday 13th. May we attended the Vintage Agricultural Vehicle and Woodland Crafts Show at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre.  At that point we we were in the middle of the famous “2012 torrential drought”.  The weather had been variable the weeks before;  that is to say the amount of rain on each of the preceeding days had varied.  Thankfully the rain stopped on the day of the event, and we even saw some sunshine.
   We were located outside the fairmile Cafe, which was a good pitch because it was on the main thoroughfare.  Sales were reasonable and we attracted a steady crowd throughout the day.  Rather than using the pole lathe purely for making sale items we also demonstrated green wood skills and allowed members to have a go.  This attracted a few new members; particualarly juniors.
Again the weather was kind to us when we attended the Henfield Gardens and Arts on Saturday 16th. June.  A large number of volunteers enabled us to set up two pole lathes.  So not only could we use one for demonstrations and hands-on experience we had another producing product.  We were located on the lawns of Redoaks Care Home so enjoyed plenty of space.  The day started slowly but by early afternoon the crowd was impressive and kept us busy.
Thanks go to all of the volunteers who made these shows possible.  If you would like to help at future events or want to make items to donate to the sales table please contact us.
Our next planned event is Fulking Fair on 29th. July 2012.