Ryedale Woodturners


At the 2014 AGM, John Whitehead proposed a monthly competition on club demonstration nights, and offered to sponsor a prize. Gordon Malan seconded and volunteered to donate to the prize fund as well.

Competition categories agreed so far are as follows:

  • October 2014 Bowl
  • November 2014 Weed pot / bud vase
  • December 2014 Christmas competition, 3 categories:
    1 Hollow form; 2 Spindle turning; 3 Other
  • January 2015 Candle Holder
  • February 2015 Vase / Hollow form
  • March 2015 Decorated bowl
  • April 2015 Natural edge item

October 2014 A Bowl

Turned wooden bowls

The first competition saw eight very impressive bowl entries, very varied in style and interpretation of the category.

The pieces were judged at half time by Dave Lowe, Ron Robinson and Terry Taylor (is this correct?), using a scoring system based on five categories. (Perhaps Sue will give me the descriptors?) The winner was a winged bowl by Gordon Malan, who received a £5 woodstore token as a prize. In second place was Keith Hart's segmented bowl, and in third place a mounted double bowl burr by John Whitehead.

Winged bowl

Gordon Malan's winged bowl

John Whitehead bowl

John Whitehead's double bowl burr

Burr bowl

A second view of the double bowl

Burr bowl

Beautiful burr bowl

Burr bowl

A second view of the burr

Ash bowl

A slightly elliptical ash bowl

Segmented bowl

Keith Hart's segmented bowl.

Bowl with a hole.

Bowl with a hole

Natural edge bowl

Natural edge. Birch?

Three cornered bowl

A triangular version, with pedestal

Turned wooden bowls

Three pieces in the corner