SOT Meetings

The quarterly meetings for the year are detailed below. All meetings will be held at Western House, Uxbridge, London. Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting, but please contact the secretary in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.

Details of the Meeting Schedule are below.

Details of how to find the Venue are below.

Information on past meetings is available and gives an indication of the variety of subjects presented.

Meetings in 2021


Online Presentation

11th December 2021

Nick Edwards SSR Presentation

The presentation will be by Nick Edwards who will demonstrate use of the spherical slide rest.

Online Presentation

20th November 2021

Jon Sauer Presentation

The presentation will be by Jon Sauer who will talk about his work through the years.

Uxbridge Presentation

30th October 2021

John Moorhouse Presentation

The AGM presentation at Uxbridge will be by John Moorhouse who will talk about the Faberge workshop.

Online Presentation

18th September 2021

Bob Wade Presentation

The presentation will be by Bob Wade who will demonstrate use of the eccentric chuck.

Online Presentation

28th August 2021

David Lindow Presentation

The presentation will be by David Lindow who will demonstrate use of the MADE lathe.

Online Presentation

10th July 2021

Maggie Wright Presentation

The presentation will be by Maggie Wright and will focus on the history, design and construction of 'Tazza'. This is a timely presentation as the theme for the Master’s Ornamental Turning Competition, at Wizardry in Wood 2021, is 'a decorated Tazza in any style and of any size'. Maggie is a highly accomplished turner and the winner of many awards, including the Masters Award for Ornamental Turning at Wizardry in Wood 2018. Maggie will be joined by Stuart Dyas, author of the excellent book 'Classic Forms', published in 2008 and on the bookshelves of many members of the SOT. Stuart will be presenting some Tazza drawings from his latest (as yet unpublished) book.

Online Presentation

19th June 2021

Malcolm Thorpe Presentation

Malcolm Thorpe gave a presentation on ornamental turning using an eccentric cutting frame and eccentric chuck from single to double counting. Malcolm has shown some very attractive work at SOT Meetings, all of which has been produced mainly using equipment he has made.

Online Presentation

22nd May 2021

Jean Claude Charpignon Presentation

Jean Claude Charpignon gave a live demonstration on cutter making. He focussed primarily on cutters for fixed tool work but also touch on making ECF cutters, pearling drills etc.. Most members are aware of the fantastic pieces that Jean Claude produces, so an insight into how he makes his cutters is very welcome.

Online Presentation

17th April 2021

Tony Champion Presentation Tony Champion Presentation

Tony Champion gave an online presentation: "A Rose Engine By Any Other Name" on his DIY rose engine. After three Meetings featuring fabulous but expensive, antique equipment, this Meeting brought us all back down to earth by featuring equipment that can be built for a relatively low cost.

Tony's machine has quite a few interesting features and even those who have high specification rose engines will still find the presentation of interest. The machine utilises a simple woodturning lathe headstock and bed upon which is mounted a cross slide on linear bearings. Movement can be generated by rosettes, including for pumping, and also by using Spirograph-type gears. Even geo flowers can be produced!

Online Presentation

20th March 2021

David Lindow Presentation

David Lindow gave a detailed look at the recently established Plumier Foundation, which is an exciting new development in the ornamental turning world. It’s a non-profit institution dedicated to education in ornamental turning and cabinetmaking. Their magnificent collection of ornamental turning and cabinetmaking equipment is housed at the Plumier facility in Port Chester, NY. Take a look at their wonderful website www.plumier.org

This was a joint meeting for members of the Society of Ornamental Turners, Ornamental Turners International, and the Plumier Foundation.

Online Demonstration

20th February 2021

Josh Salesin Presentation

Joshua Salesin gave a presentation on producing variations of geo flowers, using a rose engine and geometric chuck. Joshua has been a member of the SOT for almost 18 years but, of course, living in California makes it just a bit tricky for him to get to our London Meetings. He produces very fine work as you can see from examples on his website www.joshuasalesin.com

Online Demonstration

23rd January 2021

Nick Edward Presentation Nick Edward Presentation

Nick Edwards demonstrated how to combine the curvilinear apparatus and the spiral apparatus.

Meeting Schedule

Quarterly meetings other than the AGM meetings will run to the following schedule:

TimeSchedule
10amDoors open
10.00-10.45amItems which have been pre-arranged to be sold in auction handed to Stewards
11.45amFormal business meeting
12.30pmBreak for lunch
1.30pmMain programme feature
2.30pmPrivate auction (members only)
3.30pmBreak for tea
4pm-5pmAuction continues

AGM meetings typically follow a different schedule as follows.

TimeSchedule
9.30amDoors open
9.30am-10.45amItems which have been pre-arranged to be sold in auction handed to Stewards
11.15amFormal Business Meeting
11.45amPresentation
12.45pmBreak for lunch
1.30pmPrivate auction (members only)
3.30pmBreak for tea and prize-giving
4.00pm-5.00pmAuction continues

Venue and Directions

Quarterly meetings and the AGM are held at Uxbridge Masonic Centre, Western House, 4A Hercies Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB10 9NA. Parking is available, but please avoid parking in the reserved spaces.

From M25/M40 Intersection

Take M40 towards London which becomes A40 Western Avenue after about 1.5 miles. After the Swakeleys roundabout (2 miles from M25) take the next slip road for A437. At mini-roundabout go straight over and immediately to traffic lights. There is no right turn at these lights so go straight through and do a U-turn. Go back through the lights and then immediately bear Left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards, follow the sign on the right saying “Western House” and park.

From London along the A40 Western Avenue

Take the slip road 2 miles after the Polish War Memorial Roundabout. Go through traffic lights at intersection with Long Lane and immediately bear left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards, follow the sign on the right saying “Western House” and park.

From Hillingdon Underground Station (Metropolitan and Piccadily Uxbridge lines)

Turn Right into Long Lane. After 200 yards turn Right at the Lights and immediately bear left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards follow the sign on the right saying “Western House”

Access

Western House is protected by a key-pad on the front door but will be manned by an SOT member to give access. If there is no member present, there will be a sign at the door giving alternative instructions. There is a lift and stairs to the first floor

Food and Drink

This venue is principally a conference centre and provides catering. There will be a meeting attendance charge of £6 per head which covers sandwiches at lunch-time and tea/coffee in the afternoon. Members are requested not to eat or drink their own refreshment on the premises.