Blewshed News

January 31, 2020

We welcomed expert Didcot and District Woodturners Club members Mick Curran and Trevor Cox, to December’s club meeting and enjoyed a spellbinding show of master craftsmen demonstrating and explaining their art.

Beneath a shower of wood shavings, Mick produced a wonderful variety of beautiful items, that included attractive Christmas tree decorations. Several members of the audience were inspired to have a go themselves so the Shed woodturning lathe is going to be busy. Trevor gave us some invaluable woodturning tips and showed members how to sharpen their tools properly.

Following on from our community project to carve and replace missing oak bosses for the church ceiling, the Project Resound team noted that a circular boss that used to guide one of the bell ropes was also missing. Mike Wrottesley has turned a new one which will be fitted above from the bell-ringing chamber now the Project Resound scaffolding has been taken down.

Mike Magnay has now completed the two new wooden cold frames for Blewbury school’s gardening club, and these are now installed and being used.

Shed meetings are in the old scout hut on the second Wednesday of each month, and non-members are welcome too. In addition, the Shed is open each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon from 1.30-4.30pm and all are welcome. This is a perfect opportunity to use the facilities and to bring up any potential community projects. The next Shed meeting is 7.30pm, Wednesday 11thth March when we will focus on ‘Workshop Safety’. Mike Magnay will lead the session and all are welcome to contribute.

NB. There is no club meeting in February as most of the committee are away, but the Shed will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays as usual. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a member! We look forward to seeing you.

Mike Magnay, club chairman