Woodturner to show off skills

Visit by Irishman part of NZ tour

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Wood work .. Irish woodturner Glenn Lucas will visit Timaru next Wednesday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Rachael Comer
A highly skilled woodturner is to visit Timaru.
Irishman Glenn Lucas will hold two demonstration sessions on Wednesday, March 29, showing off a range of woodturning skills.
Mr Lucas will be hosted by the Timaru Woodturners Club.
Club president Adriaan Slooten said it would be the first time Mr Lucas had visited Timaru, and members were excited about the prospect of seeing his turning skills.
“We are absolutely looking forward to it,” he said.
“It was organised by our national body and he is doing a tour of New Zealand.”
Mr Slooten said as the Timaru club had such a strong following, members from the Oamaru and Ashburton woodturners clubs would attend the sessions.
“We have about 60 members and are growing. To have the members from other clubs coming to us is great.”
Mr Slooten said it was always good to watch other woodturners at work.
“You don’t always pick up everything while they’re working, but you do pick up little bits you can use.”
Entry to the demonstrations is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 45 people.
Mr Lucas is known for his proficiency at the lathe and ability to impart his knowledge to others. He produces classic bowls turned from native Irish wood and runs an extensive teaching programme in Ireland. He has also produced several DVDs.
In the Wednesday afternoon session from 1pm-4pm, Mr Lucas will demonstrate square edge bowl turning – a progression from natural edge turning.
In the evening session, from 7.30pm to 9pm, he will demonstrate a thin wall bowl based on an 11th century Viking bowl discovered recently in Dublin, Ireland.

  • The Timaru Woodturners Club rooms are at the Phar Lap Raceway (entrance off Pleasant Point Highway).