Competitions | iwg-ulster-web
         1st Robert Hughes                               2nd David Stewart                       3rd Mark McGraananghan
               1st Jim Stevens                               2nd Billy Ferris                              3rd Ricky McDonald

Why have Competitions ?

Competitions should help improve the members' standards and enjoyment in spindle, faceplate and

artistic woodturning.

Why enter them ?

Entering a competition is an opportunity to make a range of items as well as showcase and share your work. When making a piece for a competition you are much more likely to be more critical of the item you produce. Receiving constructive comments and advice from the judges is one of the best ways of improving your standards.

Improving your turning:

Here are five areas which could be used to help you as a competitor. In competitions the marks assigned

to each area could vary depending on the item being made, but you should always regard these areas as

equally important when marking anything.


Does my design suit the purpose of the object? Is it original ? Does any embellishment, eg. colour or

texture, enhance the item. Does the choice of wood suit the object? How can I change or improve on

someone else's idea to make it my own.


Are the details sharp and crisp?


What level of turning skills would have been needed to produce this item? Chucking, hollowing, segmenting

delicacy of the piece, difficult wood, matching items.

Practise the skills before making the turning you will show others. If you are finding something difficult

ask another member for advice.


Satisfy yourself that the turning has been well finished,no tool marks or sanding lines? Does the finish

used enhance the piece?


What is the visual impact of the piece? Are you pleased with it?










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