Wood turning in focus at Port of Goolwa Mixed Probus meet

TURNER: Gary Coombes from the Fleurieu Wood Turners gives an interesting talk about his work. Photo: Supplied.
TURNER: Gary Coombes from the Fleurieu Wood Turners gives an interesting talk about his work. Photo: Supplied.

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The Port of Goolwa Mixed Probus Club's belated 27th birthday was celebrated on Monday, September 6, after the original event in August was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

To start the meet, president Barbara Edwards called upon Sarah Clay to be inducted into the club, and was given a welcome package and badge.

The club's outing this month was to Finniss for a delicious country lunch at the General Store on Wednesday, September 15 at 12.30pm.

Member Deane Leicester introduced the guest speaker, Gary Coombes from the Fleurieu Wood Turners.

He had brought along a large array of his exceptional wood turnings from the very minute mouse to a very long pepper grinder.

He told members that wood turning was becoming popular for everyone, with several of the ladies becoming adapt and novices picking it up quickly.

Gary began wood turning many years ago when at Technical College.

He was enthusiastic as he explained how each of his items had been created and the many hours that went into turning them out.

It is an old craft dating back to the Egyptians, who used a bow to create the many things that are now seen in the Egyptian Museum.

The English used a treadle-like instrument to turn to shape into balustrades and other features that are seen on many old homes and mansions.

Gary told members how he enjoyed working with a variety of woods as each had a unique grain, texture and colour.

The men's shed at Victor Harbor is where they enjoy wood turning and welcome new students interested in learning this pastime.

They often have demonstrations at Mitre 10.

He welcomed members to look at his collection before was given a gift of appreciation for such an interesting talk.

The club's next meeting will be held on September 29, due to the regular meeting being on the first Monday of the month, which is a Public Holiday.

Visitors are welcome to attend meetings held at the Goolwa Hotel in the Garden room at 10am.

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