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It's that time again... for our ever-popular June Open House

As many a woodturning enthusiast knows, summer brings various wonderful opportunities - and we aren't just talking about the chance to bask in a bit more natural light in the workshop! Yes, what we are trying to allude to is that it will soon be June, which means that our enduringly popular Open House will be back, showcasing all manner of things to delight the eyes, ears and heart of 'woodies' of all complexions.

Every time we host an Open House in the informal surroundings of our Didcot workshop, a number of distinguished demonstrators are on hand to show the 'ins and outs' of various aspects of the incredible art we call woodturning. This summer's event, which takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, from 10am to 4pm daily, will be no exception, with Tracy Owen, Mick Hanbury, carver Simon Clements and pyrographer Bert Butterfield all 'on the bill'!

Of our featured turners, Tracy will be demonstrating the principles of turning large hollow forms using a VB36 Master Bowlturner Lathe, as manufactured by the renowned Steinert in Germany. Meanwhile, Mick will probably be showing various elements from his wide repertoire, including some of his exquisite coloured pieces. We expect him to use a Killinger lathe in his demo, the German brand of lathes that we just last week agreed to distribute in the UK. As a matter of fact, the head of the Munich-based Killinger company, Michael Mühlhaüser, will also join us to present this important new brand.

Simon, meanwhile, will be catering to our woodcarver attendees with his demonstration of both power carving and traditional hand carving techniques. Pyrography is the province of Bert Butterfield, who combines the practice with woodturning in much of his work. Indeed, for those who like to mark their work with a pyrographic burned or branded logo, we will equally be happy to discuss your needs with you and help to devise somehting suitable to carry your name into the wider world!

From the Netherlands, we will welcome the European distributors of U'Beaut Shellawax finishes, the use of which Sjaak will demonstrate. Sharpening will be demonstrated by Paul Richmond from Robert Sorby, using the brand's Pro-Edge sharpening system, while Andy King will be working with BriMarc, showing the operation of the Tormek wet grinding system and demonstrating how Tormek jigs can be used on a high-speed grinder. Support will also be provided by other trade partners such as Killinger Lathes, Record Power and Dalmann Timbers.

All in all, this summer's Open House looks set to be a very busy show with lots of things to see and buy. With various 'deals of the day' on offer and entrance to the event, parking, refreshments and the demonstrations themselves all free, we really couldn't think of a better way for you to spend your 11th and 12th June weekend. Please do join us - you can be sure of a warm welcome!  

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