Woodartworkshops members decided to run a Woodturning and Carving event for the Helsby Scout group on the 19th of November 2018 . A lot of thought was given to the projects we could offer in the evenings time scale. Our members came up with, turning a pen and carving a branch flower. We also decided to have a Woodturning demonstration running together with a Woodturning hands on experience. The main concern we had was, would they enjoy the event. With safety checks completed, turners and carvers briefed, the group arrived:-
Our Chairman Hugh gave the Scouts a talk to explain what was going to happen and made sure they understood what projects were going to be completed.
Our worries about, would the session be enjoyed was completely unfounded, the whole group sprang into action very quickly. The first session started was pen turning, which was completed on the lathes. When the turning and sanding process was completed, the finish was applied to the pens. The enthusiasm shown was fantastic.
Another group were trying their hand at carving. Geoff brought in several pieces of branch wood which the Scouts paired down to produce an attractive flower head to take home. Again there was great interest and all listened and achieved a great result.
Nearing the end of the evening they eagerly assembled the pens that they had produced. The standard of the finish pens was high and you could feel the sense of achievement.
The session proved to be a great success, looking around the room a smile could be see on every face, which made everything worthwhile. We just hope that we have sown a seed of interest in Woodturning and Carving as these skills are slowly being lost. The Helsby Scout group are welcome at our club at any time and we thank you for your enthusiasm.