Show and Tell from the June Meeting

Steve Dodd’s CNC Box

The June club meeting was well attended, despite the cold but sunny weather!

The highlight of the meeting was a presentation by Bob Aitken and Terry Hulm on the use of resins in their work. Unfortunately, I had to leave early, and missed a very slick and informative presentation – regretfully, we have no photos!

A diverse range of pieces were put up for ‘Show and Tell’. Steve Dodd and Alan Bishop shared the draw for vouchers.

Steve Clarke’s Cigar Box Guitar
Colin Lang’s Puzzle piece. Unfortunately, Colin dropped the puzzle, and couldn’t get it back together!
A Bandsawn Box by Darby Munro – made from a piece of the legendary ‘Mongrel Mango’.
A Plectrum Holder – built by Steve Dodd for his daughter to hold guitar picks. CNC machined.
A mallet – made by Colin Lang’s grandson.
Paper Napkin Holder – made by Steve Dodd while learning to use his CNC machine.

Recent work

Fence Post Vase by Bob Aitken

As we head towards the next Jacaranda Festival Exhibition (Saturday 29 October through Sunday 6 November), our members are hard at work. The Jacaranda display and sales is the Clarence Valley Woodworkers Association’s major event of the year. All members are encouraged to participate. Members can display and sell made items or choose to just display only.

Here are some new pieces by Bob Aitken and Roy Ellery

Club Meeting and Demonstration – April 30-2022

Apologies – this article was written back in April, but someone forgot to press the ‘publish’ button!

Roy Ellery gives away his secrets!

The CVWA General Meeting of 30-April, 2022 was followed by a demonstration by President Roy Ellery. Roy brought in the range of tools he uses to carve and texture his turned and sculpted pieces. Roy’s demo generated a lot of interest, with questions from the floor. Some of Roy’s tools have a reverse switch option, apparently, that feature can be used to correct mistakes…

Roy fielding a question from the floor

As usual, the meeting featured the traditional Show and Tell section, with numerous items and plenty of discussion.

Bob Northam – Money Box
Steve Dodd – Medal box
Roy Ellery – Turned, textured and painted bowl
Alan Bishop – Un-square box with glass bird
Jim Morison – Burl table
Bob Northam – Olive wood bowl
Jim Morison – Mystery log – best guesses included Crepe Myrtle and Mulberry
Alan Bishop – Dragon Fly box – Coastal Cypress and Mango
Roy Ellery – turned and sculpted form.

The meeting concluded with a sausage sizzle and good conversation – thanks to Colin Lang.

Clarence Valley Arts and Crafts Festival 2022

The Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association held its Clarence River Arts and Crafts Festival (22/23 January) after cancellations and delays. The woodworking section was well supported with a very strong and diverse range of entries.

The Clarence Valley Woodworkers dominated – both in quantity and quality of entries!

The work was judged by Bim Morton, a studio woodworker and educator of more than 30 years experience. Bim is also a co-founder of the Tree-O Gallery in Raleigh, just off the Bellingen Road. In addition to fine woodwork, Tree-O
Gallery features other arts and crafts, such as ceramics, painting and sculpture. Next time you find yourselves traveling to Coffs Harbour, take the time to visit!

Neil Cryer is rightfully pleased with his winning entry!

Neil Cryer won the prize for Best Overall with his tour de force piece ‘Butterfly Fantasy’. Everyone was drawn to this piece, and it was widely admired.

Pat Johnson’s ‘Flower Bowl’ as another wonderful piece, taking out First Prize for the Carved, Sculpted or Joined Section. Although partly turned, the real work was in the detailed carving around the rim and underneath. The piece was made from a stunning piece of curly Mango.

Steve Dodd’s wonderful ‘Musical Bench’ took second place in the Carved, Sculpted or Joined Section. The choice of timbers, the design of the piece and the execution were outstanding.

First Prize in the Turned Section went to Roy Ellery for this beautiful ‘Leafed Bowl’. It was no surprise that this piece sold very quickly. The judge had no problem selecting this piece, and he noted the form and the beautiful finish on the inside of the bowl.

Pat Johnson’s ‘Grinders’ in ebony and jacaranda took second place in the turned section.

Jacaranda Display

Clarence Valley Woodworkers display at the Link Arcade. (Steve Dodd photo)

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival is normally held during  late October and  early November. This year the festival has been  reduced in scope and postponed until December subject to the continuing Covid 19 health restrictions.

Following some discussions, there was consensus within the CVWA that we would not proceed with our (more or less) annual Jacaranda display – primarily due to uncertainty regarding restrictions and access..

The CVWA instead took the advantage of an empty shopfront in the Grafton Link arcade to have a ‘pop-up’ display of members work.

One of Bill Andrew’s model truck in the foreground. (Steve Dodd photo)

Steve Dodd, Roy Ellery and Colin Lang set up the display with more than 50 items of members work on show. The display highlighted the quality and diversity of members work – ranging from Steve’s wonderful music bench through Bill Andrew’s model semi-trailer, Bob Holder’s carvings and Roy Ellery’s turned bowls – plus more splendid work by other members.

The display ran for a month, from October 6 through November 3 and was well received, with club fielding many inquiries from the public.

Another view of the display. (Steve Dodd photo)

Roy Ellery’s Surfboards

Roy Ellery’s latest surfboard

Earlier this year, before lock-downs, the ‘My Clarence’ exhibition was held at the Coldstream Gallery, Ulmarra. Roy entered a beautiful surfboard depicting Iluka and surrounds. Roy’s surfboard went on to win the ‘People’s Choice’ award, and of course it sold quickly! (see a brief video of Roy presenting his surfboard here)

Roy has subsequently made another surfboard (see photos) and those who have seen it think this one is even better!

Roy described his process:

I start by acquiring a second hand surf board from the recycle centre. I then remove the top half of the fibre glass and sand until I have a flat surface. I then layer the top half with 3 ply timber giving myself a flat surface to work on, then using different timbers, start to display a theme. This one is my interpretation of Iluka with a sunset over the Clarence looking through coastal grasses. A walk through the rainforest onto the beach with the rockwall, ocean and river. The timbers are Jacaranda, Mango, Camphor Laurel, Cedar and Huon Pine. Carving and air brushing give the details.

Detail of Roy’s work
The beach, complete with surfboards and footprints in the sand!

Bob Aitken on the Cover of Australian Woodworker Magazine!

Australian Woodworker, Issue 217, June 2021

If you are in town and running errands instead of getting out to the shed, drop into your newsagents and get the latest issue of Australian Woodworker magazine. The magazine features an article by CVWA member and Jacaranda festival stalwart Bob Aitken on his adventures in making clocks with poured resin decorations.

Congratulations to Bob!

Ode to Joy — Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes

I first learned about Beethoven through Peanuts and Huntley/Brinkley. I was awake in the night last night, and thought of this wonderful video – I first saw it 6 years ago, and posted it then at Christmastime. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but that doesn’t matter. We could all use a little joy […]

Ode to Joy — Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes

Shared by US Woodworker Peter Follansbee…

Here’s to a little joy in our lives!

Long Service Awards

Ron Moore (right) receives his Long Service Award from Colin Lang.

During this year’s AGM, Long Service Awards were presented to two members for distinguished long service.

Ron Moore joined the club (then the Northern Rivers Woodworkers Association) in 2005 after moving to Grafton from Bowral in the Southern Highlands. In 2012, he stood for President of the Club and was duly elected. He said at the time that he decided to stand because he had gained a lot from the Club, and it was time to pay something back. He was President for 3 years – 2012 through 2015. He was responsible for leading the Club to a sound financial footing. He instigated the CVWA involvement in the Bunnings BBQ program, which greatly increased the Club’s revenue. Further, the Bunnings BBQ served to increase the Club’s exposure to the public, to increase membership, and also to provide an extra social outing for Club members.

Ron’s woodwork covers the broad spectrum of skills, from earrings to tables, both new work and restorations. However, he is best known for his box making – both band-sawn and lidded boxes. His work is distinguished by his original and innovative designs, attention to detail and for superb finishing. Ron’s work has been exhibited and sold though galleries around Australia.

Ron has always found time to help others and to share his knowledge. He has lead many skill building workshops for Club members, and has always been generous with his time and knowledge.

Ron was also instrumental in establishing the Club’s first dedicated workshop at Hoof St, Grafton, and served as Shed Manager and coordinator.

Roy Ellery (Left) is presented with his long service award by Lyn and Tony Roberts.

Roy Ellery also joined the Club in 2005, and has achieved the milestone of 15 years service with the Club. Roy settled in Iluka after leaving Victoria. Roy is the current CVWA President, having served as President in 2015-16, and from 2017 to 2020.

Roy is renowned as a turner and carver. His work has been published in National and major US woodworking publications. He is best known for his thin walled vessels in Jacaranda, many of them finely pierced and coloured of textured. His carved ‘Log Books’ are something special and an article featuring his work was published in Fine Woodworking magazine. He has also received numerous awards for his work, within the Club and in open competitions.

Like Ron, Roy is also very generous with his time and knowledge. Roy is always more than happy to explain how a piece was made and to pass on his skills.

Roy’s output is prolific and wide ranging. He has been a major contribution to the Jacaranda Festival, as an exhibitor, a demonstrator and a volunteer.

The CVWA are extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of both Ron and Roy as members – we are all better for their contributions.

A Proper Australian Dolls House

Bob Aitken passed this on to me:-

CVWA member Dick White has been spending some time in the shed during COVID restrictions.  He recently finished a doll’s house for one of his granddaughters – see photos. Now working on a truck for his grandson.  Well done Dick – a ripper of a doll’s house by CVWA member Dick White.

This is a proper Australian Dolls House. Does it have a redback?