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Learning to turn

The Max Carey Trust opened it’s doors again to members of the Turners’ Company to teach them to turn or to improve their skills. See this video of their weekend.

Thank you to Ashridge Media for the film.

A wonderful weekend of turning took place at the Max Carey Trust in Portishead on 2-3 November, with 15 Company members and friends trying their hand, or honing their skills, under the watchful eye of Stuart Bradfield and his team of volunteers. After an initial health & safety briefing, we were quickly undertaking some of the basic skills, before taking on the challenges of a bowl or something more demanding. The more advanced undertook their own particular projects, seemingly with considerable success. Supper on both evenings took place at the ever-dependable Bottelino’s where we had the opportunity of getting to know each other, and our tutors, better.

On Sunday afternoon, with PM Peter Ellis in attendance, the Master presented Certificates in Turning to four candidates who had reached the requisite standard. In conversations over lunch, it was readily evident how much the Trust is valued by those who turn there, and the work of the tutors appreciated. It is also a most welcoming place for members of the Company to have exposure to the craft.

Our grateful thanks to Stuart, Peter, Jay, Mary and Steve for giving up their weekend so that we could enjoy the opportunity of some hands on turning, several for the first time. Although Stuart had rigged up a 56” TV in the tea room for those who might wish to watch the rugby World Cup Final, within minutes of the start it was clear that our turning endeavours would provide greater pleasure and the room quickly cleared!

Andrew Sindall

Members learning to turn…..

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