Tuesday, 25 June 2019

June Newsletter supplement

Kidzone is on again this year at James Hargest Senior College in Layard Street from 10th to 15th July.

Volunteers are still required for our woodwork room.   This is a worthwhile event and a fund raiser for the Guild.

So please put your name down to volunteer - it does appear as though the same old faces are turning up and with less volunteers these members are doing more time than they should have to.

So help your fellow members out and volunteer to help and remember this is the major fund raiser for the Guild.

Let Simon know when you can assist.

There are spaces available for volunteers on the following days:

Wednesday 10th July
Friday the 11th July
Sunday the 14th July
Monday the 15th July

The box toys and false floors for the boxes have all been manufactured and packaged up ready for delivery to the wood work room at the college.

My thanks to all the members who volunteered their time , a great effort  to get these cut and packaged.

REMINDERS to all members


The General Meeting is being held on Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm at the Clubrooms.

Refer to last newsletter for definition of patron and I look forward to your discussion on the subject.

We have changed our Club day from Monday night to Saturday, this is because of the cold dark nights we are now getting and with the Saturday we should encourage those members that work all week to come along and make some wood shavings for themselves.

I would encourage all members to come along and make whatever they want to.

The Guild has great facilities, good space, good machinery and even good comradeship and banter
to keep us on our toes.


Things are looking good, thanks to all those that have been so busy sorting and storing the wood.  The sooner this task is completed and those involved can get back to doing something for themselves the better.

I do believe that in the future those type of tasks should be done as a working bee type of operation rather than having a few spending all their time working on these tasks.

It seems some of our equipment has gone on holiday during my absence so if you know where the jigs are for setting the knives on the big thicknesser please ask them to come home.

If you think you may not be able to identify them, they look a bit like long bolts with funny bits of metal at each end. They used to live with the spare thicknesser knives but went walkabout when the knives went to the new tool store.

It must be holiday time for some of the spare light bulbs that were in the cupboard near the old chiller room and it seems they have taken the cupboard with then so if you see them please ask them to come home.

The cost to return or replace these items is in excess of $200 and shows that thigs should be returned as soon as possible. 

Otherwise all is looking good and looking forward to seeing more members doing their own thing. 

ps.     it's holiday time for me too but sorry no lightbulbs here or jigs.  Cheers to all..   Peter A.

Friday, 14 June 2019


Newsletter - Southern Woodworkers Guild - June Edition


All is progressing well with making the toys for this year’s Kidzone Festival, a working bee was held on the Saturday the 8th June at our clubrooms where the plywood was cut and drilled and we managed to get most of the false floors for the boxes cut out and packaged up.

The timber is to be delivered on Wednesday the 11th June.  This means we need another working bee on Saturday the 15th June.  We have 3 different pieces to cut out so I would like to see 3 saws in operation.  With 3 saws running we can take the timber straight to the packing stage.

I hope to see some of you at the Clubrooms starting from 9.00am and running till about 3.00pm.

Mid-winter Dinner

I am pleased to report that the mid-winter dinner is on again this year.

Place                  Our Clubrooms at 5 Mary Street

When                Sunday 28th July 2019

Time                  12.00 pm with lunch starting at 12.30pm

All members and partners welcome.

Cost per person -   this has not been discussed yet but a cost will be outlined at the July meeting.

REMINDER to all members

There were a few grumps at the last meeting about members not being able to find chucks for the lathes.

Each lathe has their own chucks but some of course are inter changeable with other lathes.

The message is very simple - if you take any piece of equipment or a tool to use on a project you are responsible for returning it to where you found it.  We have a tool room where a lot of our tools live so that is the place to start.  Lathes have their own equipment with each lathe so return items to that lathe.

We may look at colour coding these items so that they are easier to return.

Thank you all for your assistance with this issue as no one wants to go looking for items that should be with tools.

Each member is responsible for this.

And another reminder to clean up after yourselves, this is a basic safety issue – if you make a mess, please tidy up before you leave the building.


The AGM was held on the 5th June.  The officers nominated and elected were:-

President                        Simon Tonkin
Vice President                Neil King
Past President               Barry McLaughlin
Secretary/Treasurer      Peter Robbie

Committee                     Bev Wilson
                                        Jordan Wilson
                                        Aiden Cockroft
                                        David Caughey

Workshop Manager      Ivan Carran
Editor                             Simon Tonkin (for interim period)

Committee members (stepping down):-

                                        Ivan Carran
                                        Mike Peters
                                        Kevin Gerrard

My thanks to the previous year’s Committee for their excellent work in running the Guild and also to the current Committee members and Office Bearers for what will be another busy year for the Guild.

Change of days for the use of the Clubrooms
It has been decided at the last General Meeting that with the cold weather arriving that we will change the Monday night to a Saturday.

The new hours for every Saturday will be 9 .00am to 3.00pm.

This change should entice those working members to be able to come along and make their own projects rather than slinking out to their cold workshops in the cold dark hours.

Finally, with the weather turning very winterish, the Guild Clubrooms offer a very warm place to be with good dry space and good company.  Let us all enjoy what we have!

General stuff
A question has been raised by Ross Nicol over whether the Southland Woodworkers should have a patron?

The meaning of what a patron does was discussed at the June meeting and the President was asked to research what a patron could or would do.

The definition of patron:-

Þ    A person who sponsors or aids artists or charities
Þ    A protector or benefactor
Google search has some more information:-

Þ    The word patron comes from the Latin part meaning father
Þ    A patron supports someone or something
Þ    A patron supports the business by being a loyal customer
Þ    A patron of the arts helps support starving artists financially and not with food donations
Þ    The primary role of a patron is to lend credibility and support
Þ    They don’t play a formal role in the organization but are usually listed on letterheads appeal brochures and publicity material to help raise awareness and support.
Þ    Patrons are generally non-members , they tend to be someone that lends their name to the organization as a way of supporting you usually because they are well known and able to get media coverage for your organization and or bring in donations

Given this information, the question will be discussed at the July meeting as to whether the Guild membership want to pursue a person to act as patron to the Guild.

So please give the matter some thought and come along to the July meeting to discuss the issues.

Simon Tonkin

Monday, 3 June 2019

PR and demo by Chris Pouncy

Must have been a full house at the clubrooms and no wonder because this was a one time opportunity to attend a free demo by a well known chap from the UK who is also the PR person for Robert Sorby tools.

Full marks for the setup with video and large screen with a dedicated video-grapher who occasionally took a nap and forgot all about what was going on around him.

Never mind, I believe that it's a tiring job looking all the time at a smallish video camera display and gets a bit boring at times.

Chris is a proficient wood turner I think and a good salesman too, well that's why he came down to Invercargill for I guess to promote a certain brand of tools and how good they are.
He kicked off the show with a lengthy sharpening demo using this gizmo sharpening system called Pro Edge with is indeed a fine tool to have so you never have to worry about blunt tools anymore if own one that is.
This unit includes a number of add ons for sharpening a variety of tools plus a few more optionally available ones also.
The price of this setup was a rather whopping amount of dollars worth so most us need to start saving now to be able to buy it next year.

So here's hoping that the club will be able to do some fundraising or some sponsor might throw some money at us and we will be able to get this little Rolls Royce sharpener for the club rooms.

Anyway Chris showed how it's all done and after this chapter he continued with the freshly sharpened tools to tackle some beech blank showing some standard techniques of hollowing, undercutting and so on.
Then he carried on with the spiralling tools and the correct ways to use these not only on bowls but also with between centers turning to create a great effect.

Another new tool he demonstrated was a kind of safety skew chisel with a very glossy bevel and this looked like a flat scraper with a glossy bevel.
Useful tool indeed if one is a little apprehensive to use a ' real ' skew because you are likely too have no dig- ins with this newish ' skew ' .

And then there was a raft of tools on display from the Robert Sorby brand which could be analysed by the members and if you had pockets deep enough they could be purchased.
Beats me that I could not find any bowl gouges with replaceable tips but just the standard full steel ones only.
However I was quite happy to buy this little hollowing tool for which I have a good use.

Nice to see Bill Owen there also and manning his sales corner..
There was quite a demand for these items also I believe.

All in all I believe that most of us did have an enjoyable time on this cold Sunday afternoon also thanks to Chris and his pleasant style to entertain us all job well done indeed.

Peter A.