Monday 31 March 2014
The '10 Turners Turning' event at Axminster's Nuneaton store proved to be quite a crowd puller and those who visited the store over the two days were not disappointed. Keen turning enthusiasts came from various parts of the country for the event, some had even booked overnight accommodation so they could enjoy both days.
The Ready Steady Turn competition was also a big draw and saw each of the ten turners step up to the lathe, with 20 minutes on the clock to produce something of their own choice. This was the part of the event during which they could show off, put out some banter or be humiliated, all with the aim of entertaining the audience. Each of the turners created something very different, ranging from Gary Rance's pendants to Stuart King's chess piece design and Andrew Hall's decorated platter.
Favourite turner revealed
Over the two days the audience was asked to vote as to who was their favourite turner was, or who they felt turned the best piece of work under close scrutiny. Once the event had finished and the store closed, the votes were counted with first place as the 'Favourite Turner' going to Richard Findley, followed closely by Stuart Mortimer and then Phil Irons. Congratulations to Richard.
Other popular attractions included Axminster's own Trevor Yates pen turning, Ben Beddows showing the art of pyrography, Adrian Broadhead cutting intricate shapes and pieces with a scroll saw and Hollie Wise sharpening with Tormek.
For more scenes of '10 Turners Turning' visit Axminster Tool Centre
Images from top to bottom:
1. Andrew Hall
2. Colwin Way
3. Mark Baker
4. Phil Irons
5. Richard Findley
6. Stuart Mortimer
7. Work by Steve Heeley
(PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF AXMINSTER TOOLS & MACHINERY)
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