Young People in Furniture

www.wlwest.co.uk

I had the pleasure again to attend Chichester College’s Construction Award evening recently. I make no apologies for repeating what some of you may have heard me say before, what amazing ideas and quality work.IMG_2255

We have had the pleasure of sponsoring Chichester College Furniture section for nearly fifteen years and sponsoring the Best Furniture Newcomer 1st Year for over a decade. The quality of the students work is amazing, and the ideas of some of them – mind blowing. The student tIMG_2256hat won our prize this year, Liam Maskell, is an apprentice at Rolls Royce Motor Cars in nearby Goodwood. Liam is a very ambitious and skilful young man, who was a pleasure to spend some time with. He produced a very delicate occasional table in Oak and Walnut veneer. He tells me that he hopes to become a member of Rolls Royce’s management development program in due course, I have no doubt he will be successful, and wish him every success.

I had a look around the college end of year furniture show, again, great ideas and quality. I was pleased to see that the winner of our prize last year – James Millard is continuing his training into the IMG_2252second year and still producing great items, a couple pictured here. The one piece that really took my eye was a beautiful barrel topped box made by one of the second year students, brilliant workmanship.

Chichester College is certainly leading in the education field, with a number of their students taking part in the World Skills competition and winning! They were graded 7th in the UK last year, this year 4th!! Keep up the good work and working with industry.

W L West & Sons are truly proud to continue the relationship with Chichester College.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email: sales@wlwest.co.uk

Advertisements

#Woodturning – round and round it goes

www.wlwest.co.uk

Woodturning Course Feb 2011 003v2Wood is a wondrous material, being able to be put to so many different uses. From enormous structural beams to delicate wood turnery and carving. Woodturning is the subject of this article.

There are so many beautiful species of woods that can be turned into wonderful things. Commercially you can see turned items in staircases, in furniture even in the construction of garden gates. But it is also available on a much smaller scale for everyone who has an interest in or passion gary bowl 01for wood.

There is sometimes a misconception that you need a vast workshop to enable you to be able to start woodturning, but this Record CL1could not be further from the truth. A starter lathe can be bench mounted and take up a very small amount of space. We can help you with your choice of lathe and woodturning tools. We work closely with Record Power to source the correct machine for you.

You may not have even turned before, we can help you there as well. We have a diary of Woodturning courses for 2014

22 & 23 Jan 2014 19 & 20 Feb 2014

19 & 20 Mar 2014 16 & 17 Apr 2014

21 & 22 May 2014 18 & 19 June 2014

Have a look at http://www.wlwest.co.uk/small-user-and-enthusiast/courses  to find the application form for the course.

Finally if you have any questions on a species of timber, a machine or indeed the wood turning courses themselves, please call our shop on 01798 861611. They will be only too willing to help you.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email: sales@wlwest.co.uk

LEARN TO TURN – Woodturning for all

www.wlwest.co.uk

Would you like to be able to turn wood into beautiful things?

We are pleased to announce that we have a new wood turning tutor – Mr John Wyatt. John joins us in the Dsc00734New Year to bring you a course for beginners or perhaps for those of you who have ‘Jaded skills’.

John joins us after the sad passing of our previous tutor George Karon.

Our course is designed to teach you how to use a lathe safely and competently to produce a beautiful item. John will cover tool use, selection and control, sharpening of tools, parts of the lathe and its use. Cutting techniques and finishing.

Woodturning Course 021

The course is held at our teaching room at our sawmills in Selham, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0PJ. So you will be learning in the heart of the timber industry – with wood all around you!!

I have made it seem very simple! For more information have a look at our web site click the link here.

To download an application form with the current available dates, click here Woodturning Course form December 2012

Now, if your really take a shine to woodturning, we can also supply you with a lathe to meet your requirements ……. and

record cl3_1

pocket!, together with the correct tools to do the job. Pop into our shop and have a browse.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email:sales@wlwest.co.uk

Record Power – Woodworking machines for enthusiasts

www.wlwest.co.uk

Anyone who enjoys working with wood knows that good machines make completing a project very much easier. If you are like me, we were taught woodworking at school 40 years ago and if we tried to hand cut a piece of timber square now we would have a 50/50 chance of accuracy. Similarly, hand planing a piece of hardwood? No I don’t think so.

So, if you would like to either update some of the woodworking machines that you currently have or would like to start to create your own woodworking workshop, then pop along and see us on:

Wednesday 24 October 2012.

Record Power, a name synonymous with woodworking, will be holding a demonstration day at our premises from 10.00am until 4.00pm. We have been working with Record Power for some years now, and they manufacture very good woodworking machines. From small band saws, planer thicknessers to woodturning lathes. We are convinced that if you have a question on what machine to buy, that they will be able to answer you. Good prices too. Record Power are always trying to be competitive in their market, and so you will find extremely good prices.

So, whether you are an experience craftsman, enthusiastic amateur furniture maker or apprentice woodworker – pop along to our shop on Wednesday 24 October 2012. You can find us between Midhurst and Petworth in West Sussex, just off the A272 opposite the Halfway Bridge Inn – follow the signs for Selham and Graffham.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood products and requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email: sales@wlwest.co.uk

John O’Groats to Lands End by Pedal power … Days 7 to 9 The final chapter!!

www.wlwest.co.uk

After breakfasting with Gerard’s sister, Ani, who had come over to Monmouth to wish the team well, Day 7 (Thursday 12/07/12) saw the team leave Monmouthshire cycling alongside the River Wye, the day started off reasonably dry. After getting to Chepstow, they crossed the River Severn via the Old Severn bridge. Down to Bristol and under one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s great creations – The Clifton Suspension bridge. At this point the rain started and stayed for the remainder of the day. They then headed down over the Mendips. One of the team managed to have a double puncture which delayed him for a time. The rain continued and increased in severity with most of the team meeting in Bridgewater. Gerard had managed to get down to Taunton and was found shivering at the side of the road. All of the team had arrived at their destination in Tiverton by 6 o’clock in the evening, absolutely drenched. The forecast for the  Friday starts with rain and finishes dry, lets hope the dry weather arrives earlier!

The penultimate day sees the a push across Devon and into Cornwall. They left Tiverton at 8.45 for a bit shorter day – 100 miles, but a 7000ft climb. The early start was, as predicted WET, with Truro as the end of day target. Today was probably the worst weather and the most demanding terrain of the whole trip, with headwinds being the most strength sapping conditions they have experienced all week.. The team arrived in Truro 100 miles and a few sore limbs later, for food and few beers and rest before the final day of the challenge.

Saturday and the final thrust to Land End. The team started out at 8.15 and headed towards the Lizard peninsular, this is the most southerly point in the UK, and will mean that the will have visited both the most Northerly and the most Southerly as well as the two furthest points of the UK. The team all reached Lands End by 13.45 in good spirits, to welcomes from their family. All exhausted and looking forward to a good meal, rest and quality time with their families.The whole journey covered 923 miles with 67 hours and 45 minutes in the saddle. The average speed was 13.62mph and the fastest recorded speed was 50.5mph!!! on a bike ? Must have been Mick Bleach downhill ….. with the wind behind him!!

I hope to post more photo’s from the trip shortly together with a personal account of the adventure from Gerard.

This trip has been a personal challenge for all of the riders and they all have their chosen charities to support. Gerard’s is the Multiple Sclerosis Society and he can be supported by clicking on: www.justgiving.com/Gerard-Magill

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email:sales@wlwest.co.uk

Timber Industry and Education – A Team

www.wlwest.co.uk

How do we get more young people into traditional industries? We have heard media coverage in the UK of our young people ‘not wanting to get their hands dirty’, and I do think that there is an element of our education system putting unrealistic aspirations into the minds of some of our students. It is not only impractical, but also costly to put them all through a university education. More than that, it is unnecessary. Our local colleges have an amazing amount to offer students, and we should encourage more colleges to offer more in the subject area of Woodworking. We have untapped talent in our students, some of them do not yet know it, and that is where industry and education MUST join in a partnership.

In 2000 I visited a senior tutor at Chichester College’s furniture department. I noticed several large signs from a competitor of ours, this company sponsored the woodwork department. It gave me the idea needed to start a long lasting relationship with the furniture department of Chichester College. Since 2000 we have been sponsoring the furniture department with materials. We regularly host visits at our Sawmills from Chichester college students, together with visits from other colleges and training establishments in the South, where we explain what is involved in taking a tree and converting it into a useable piece of timber, and all of the problems along the process. We explain what they should be looking for and considering when they buy timber. We feel that this relationship is an important part of the future of the Timber Industry as a whole. How else can we encourage potential stars to join one of the oldest industries in the world. It is important that our nations education system takes a different view on young people’s potential, they can’t all become .com millionaires, indeed a minuscule number of people worldwide ever achieve this level of financial success.

Along the timeline of our partnership with Chichester College, we started an additional sponsorship of a prize in the colleges annual prize giving for the construction department. So about 7 or 8 years ago the first W L West & Sons Ltd Best Furniture Newcomers prize was awarded. Over the years some of the students that have won this award have gone on to represent their college and country in the World Skills competition at a very high level. Now that truly is an accolade both for the students and the furniture department. Along the years they have had some extremely talented and dedicated tutors.

Just recently I again visited their end of year furniture show, they didn’t disappoint. Again the standard being produced in all of the years is amazing , not only in the quality of finish, but in the ideas. Where do they get the ideas from? Simply amazing. Every year the furniture department ‘raises the bar’ to use an Olympic term.  Recently the college finished In the top 10 of colleges nationally. This can only be as a result of top class tutors and visionary management.  Congratulations to Chichester College, long may it continue.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email:sales@wlwest.co.uk