Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Craft Award

Today was the day that The Worshipful Company of Turners judged the entries for the 2010 Biennial Craft Competitions.  This year they had introduced a new category - A Candlestick to be turned on the Pole Lathe - which I entered.  I popped down to Apothecaries' Hall in The City of London having nothing better to do and was shocked, amazed and delighted to find that I had won 1st prize! specially as the runners up were Stuart King & Katie Abbott.
The competition was open to all members of the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and it's surprising  there weren't more entries as the 1st prize was £300.

Receiving the certificate and cheque from the Sheriff of The Plasterers Company.  Peter Ellis who is this years Master of The Turners Company is sitting in the background.  Also included in the prize was a years subscription to The Woodworker & Woodturner magazine.

I turned my candlestick from a well seasoned piece of London Plane and the two parts fit together with a screw thread.


Seanhellman said...

Well done Robin, lovely candlestick.

Robin / Chris said...

Congrats! Very nice work. I'm sure Mr. King will be after you next time around.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rob. A well deserved win, and all the sweeter when you know who 2nd and 3rd were!

Dave Stovell said...

Congratulations Robin, well deserved. What are the challenges of turning well seasoned wood (London Plane) on the pole lathe and what is the surface finish.

Robin Fawcett said...

Dave - the challenge is that you have to sharpen the tools more often especially for the final cut.
The upside is that you get a better finish than with green wood.
The surface was burnished with shavings, a coat of linseed oil and a rub over with a waxy cloth.

Roger Meachem said...

Congratulations from 'The Colonies' (Iowa). A well-deserved prize for a good-looking piece.

Woodland Antics said...

Nice one Robin - a lovely piece of work. Perhaps your success will help others to participate next time around. It's something I thought about but unfortunately I've been a bit too busy to take part - though I would like to get around to some more candlesticks before long.