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The Australian Woodturning Exhibition 2018 (AWTEX)
In its 30th year the 2018 Australian Woodturning Exhibition displayed some of the best examples of Australian woodturning. Prizes were awarded over 16 categories and four skill levels.

 

Carving and Painting a Scarlet Macaw
by Frank Rowe
At 90 years of age Frank still enjoys carving birds. This time he has chosen the Macaw which is much bigger than our parrots.

USER REPORT -
Stubby Lathe

by Dave Thomas-Drake
Designed and manufactured in Australia for over 20 years, the Stubby lathe is unlike other lathes. The main differences are the sliding and rotatable bed and the universal auxiliary bed. The innovative design, compact size, reliability, sturdiness, lack of vibration and after sales support have earned the Stubby lathe a worldwide following.



 

Treasure Box with Secret Locking
by Richard Collins
In this issue Richard explains the construction and function of an inertia release lock which can be applied to most box designs with a sliding top. It is simple to open when you know how but it is sure to confound those who donít. In the next issue Richard explains the construction of a similar lock for boxes with hinged lids.

Club Drumbeat
Making good use of an abandoned resource, the Narooma District Woodcrafters Association (NSW) operates out of the old Bodalla Public School buildings. Northern Turners (SA) celebrated their 25th Anniversary and the Wooden Boat Association (VIC) welcomes those who wish to make their own boat, either by the traditional methods or by the faster modern methods.

 

Building a Violin
by Russell Downie
Complete instruction on how to make a violin would take up a book, but Russell claims that a knowledge of the basic construction as presented in this article will be enough to enable an experienced woodworker to make a working violin. Having completed over 20 stringed instruments, Russell believes more woodworkers should 'have a go'.

Negative Rake Scrapers
by Tracey Malady
Curious about the use of negative rake scrapers and replaceable cutters, Tracey researched the benefits and limitations of this type of cutting edge when used for woodturning.

   

A Bowl from Overlapping Segments
by Ron Stronach
Typically segmented work consists of segments joined end to end and assembled in layers. Ron has taken a different approach, with each segment overlapping the one before it. This entails some changes in the cutting and assembly of the blank, but more significantly it changes the look of the workpiece with both long and end grain visible in each finished segment.

Gallery
A past member of the South Australian Country Fire Service, David Flintoff has built wooden models of a 1930-40s Albion Fire Truck, Amoskeag 1872 Steam Propelled Fire Engine and a 1930s Buffalo NY Fire Truck.
 

Long Hardwood Shoehorns
by John Swinkels
Ever hankered for a long shoehorn when struggling to put on your shoes? John makes his own and they are very well received by everyone who gets one. Making them out of hardwood provides the necessary strength but also offers the flexibility to lengthen them or change the shape to suit any specific need.

Dowels vs Mortice & Tenon Joints
In this 51st instalment of our Beginners' Series, we look at dowels and mortice & tenon joints, their respective advantages and limitations and the reasons why both are still in common use.

 

Notes on Woodturning Part 44 - Turning Control Knobs
by John Ewart
Most electronic gear uses aluminium or plastic control knobs, but if you want wooden ones to match a veneered panel, itís not difficult to turn your own. With a little experimentation you can come up with designs that are not only functional but also very attractive.

Products   Helmeted Guinea Fowl Mugshots
by Carolyn McCully
The quick action of a digital camera enabled Carolyn to capture a sequence of photographs of a Helmet Guinea Fowl. By selecting four images she was able to burn this quartet of head shots.
  Marketwares #31
by A Bourke
Tony researches kitchen knife blocks before making a simple version of his own, which could be used as a basis for making knife blocks for sale.