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Derbyshire Dales Woodcraft Club welcomed Guy Ravine

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE Dales Woodcraft Club welcomed guest demonstrator Guy Ravine from Northampton to their August meeting.

Guy took up wood-turning in 1979 following in the footsteps of his father Gus who had been a professional turner since 1974.

By 1982 he was firmly established in his current workshop.

For the first part of his demonstration he made an auctioneer's gavel from African blackwood.

When he isn't teaching or demonstrating, Guy makes a lot of these for sale especially to a certain peer of the realm who conducts charity auctions. At the end of each auction, the only remaining item is the gavel which he then proceeds to sell. The best price so far for one gavel is £14,000!

He then turned an oblong dish from a piece of laburnum branch and then proceeded to show his audience how he uses alternative materials in his workshop.

A friend of his prepares blanks for turning part in wood and part in coloured acrylic; the result was a very attractive box for all those little odds and ends.

Working with metal on a wood-turning lathe would seem a contradiction in terms but Guy went on to show the club members how to use pewter in conjunction with wood.

He showed how he would make a box with metal band at the bottom/top junction and then turned a mould for the ring in a piece of scrap wood.

Pewter was melted in a heated container and then liquid poured into the prepared mould; when cool the ring was removed and fitted over the box rim.

The box was re-mounted and because the pewter metal is comparatively soft, it can be turned to shape with wood turning tools.

The September 6 meeting is a hands-on session so anyone who thinks they might like to try wood-turning should come along to Wyaston Village Hall at 10am.

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