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25th December 2008
I hope you're having a good holiday. We certainly are...we have Eli Avisera
staying with us for the festive season and it's been great to see my friend
again. Tomorrow we are going to watch my football team: Liverpool play at
Anfield in Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers. Eli's son Aviad is here also, and
as he is a very keen Liverpool fan; he's really looking forward to the match.
Since Eli's arrival, we've had chance to look through a few of his new films for
the Advanced Series. The production looks to be mostly fine, with only a few
tweaks needed here and there so far. This means that the release should proceed
as planned starting in March of next year.
I have been a busy bee during the run-up to Christmas, with a very frantic rush
to finish John Berkeley's new tome in the Screwples range of films. John has his
approval copies now and is relaxing over a mince pie or three while he peruses
before giving us the green light for release. I can now let the cat out of the
bag as to what we've filmed:
John has decided to instruct this time in the use of alternative materials on
the woodlathe...the resulting title being: What's The Alternative? A huge
project-led film over two discs encompasses eight projects in total, ranging
from boxes to goblets in alternative briar, striped composite, alternative amber, cassien
and brass! The film is hugely informative and I hope you get as much pleasure
from viewing as I have had from editing it.
Sorry, that's all I have time for right now...watch this space
for a huge announcement coming in the next few weeks?????????????
24th November 2008
Well, I'm really happy to say that we've just about finished the edits for Eli
Avisera's Advanced series films. We now know that the series will consist of
seven DVDs, and I must say that they are terrific!
The proofs have been sent to Eli for approval and hopefully, there won't be too
much to change before the DVDs go into production.
The new John Berkeley film edit is now underway and will be ready
for approval as planned in my earlier posting.
We will have a rather big announcement to make around Christmas
or early New Year...so watch this space???
I hope to post more news before Christmas, but if I don't get the chance, I'd
like to wish you all a wonderful holiday, and I hope Santa's good to you!
Bye for now!
1st October 2008
What a busy period! Yes, I know it's been over two months since the last update.
Wait until I tell you what's been going-on and you'll understand why you've had
to wait so long...
First of all: Jerusalem 2008 in August.
Eli reckoned he only needed three of four days to film the Advanced
I took my wife, Jill with me...it was only going to take 3 or 4 days for the
filming after all, and then we were going travelling...WRONG!!!
Ok, enough moaning, the trip was every bit as good as the year before, we did
actually manage to get away for the weekend to see my Cousins in the North of
Israel again, Jill scoured the entire area of Jerusalem, we got to see downtown
Jaffa (next door to Tel Aviv)...as for the woodturning...all I can say is: Even
though I knew I was going to film the Advanced series, Eli left me stunned with
the projects and techniques! Over the two weeks of extremely hard work we
managed to get a total of seven films into the can for the series. You can now
see the projects from Eli's third Gallery page.
Even after a full day's hard work: rising at 6am each day to try to avoid most
of the searing afternoon heat, the day wasn't over...The second week of the trip
saw the Jerusalem International Craft Fair, with Eli demonstrating every evening
for throngs of open-mouthed onlookers!
Of course, with all of the time spent at the workshop, Jill bonded really well
with Riki; Eli's wife. Unfortunately, Jerusalem Beitar (Football team) didn't
play while I was there this year, but Eli's son; Aviad is coming with his Dad to
be with us this Christmas. So a trip to watch the best team in the world:
Liverpool, is planned for Boxing Day.
The fortnight went all too quickly, and we were soon on our way back to UK with
very heavy hearts!
The main edit is complete for the first two films already! So we should be on
time to release just as the Intermediate series films come to the end of their
As soon as we returned home, it
was onward with business. After a cup of tea, the website was re-opened and Mick
Hanbury's latest film:
Mick Hanbury -
Making & Decorating Hollow Forms
was released to great demand!
later, John Berkeley arrived at Hunters Lodge to record his next Screwples film.
Now this one's a little bit hush-hush, so I'm not allowed to tell you what we
filmed yet! Don't worry, I'm hoping the edit will be completed before Christmas
and then we can reveal all!
A great piece
Joey Richardson has
signed to film with KTMP. Joey's first film will demonstrate her beautiful
flower series. Due to film in Spring of 2009, there's a few shots of Joey's work
on her new Gallery page...mmm...nice!
welcome visitor to the Lodge:
Andy Lodge is going
to return at the end of this month for his long awaited fifth film:
the draw for Reg Sherwin's tools from his series.
John Skears from Spilsby Lincolnshire - Reg Sherwin Starter Set
Pictured above visiting Hunters Lodge to claim his
Chris Power from Co Kilkenny Eire - Reg Sherwin Scraper
Phew! This update alone has taken two days to put together!
Hopefully, it won't be so long for the next one.
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That's it for now, take care, and be good!
25th July 2008
This will be the last entry before I swan off to Jerusalem next week to film
Eli Avisera's - A Masters Course in
Woodturning - Advanced Level.
Eli has been on a whistle-stop tour of the United States and judging by the
trade that the tour has generated, it's gone pretty well indeed!
I'm going to be filming all of the stuff you've been waiting for:
i. Making your own laminated turning blanks
ii. Laminated Turning
iii. Pierced and latticed work
iv. Intricate Hollow Forms
And lots more...
Just coming off the press
and to be released when I return on 17th August:
Mick Hanbury -
Making & Decorating Hollow Forms
There will be two versions of this film released:
The first will contain all of the series outtakes at the end of the film, and
for those with delicate hearing; a version without the outtakes as the
vocabulary used is quite relaxed, let's say!
That's it for this month. Don't forget that we're actually closed
for trade while I'm away in Jerusalem, but you can still order your films and
we'll dispatch on re-opening.
rest of the summer...turning in our shorts!
7th July 2008
Another busy month behind us:
1. Sue Harker's brand-new film;
Turned Out Nice Again!
The In's & Out's of Involuted Turning
is now ready for release on 11th July.
If you've seen and loved Sue's first film: All Glued Up! You're
going to love this one too! Come on...get your order in now.
2. Eli Avisera's final film from his first series
Series 1 Volume 5
The Simple Goblet Project
is also ready for release on 11th July.
Bringing the first series to a close, this film covers the art
of making a simple goblet...but with a twist! Eli defies all of
the customary techniques by doing the finishing touch to his
Curious? Get one on order now and you'll see what I mean...The
man's a genius!
This film concludes with a rather nice and
informal interview I did with him in Jerusalem.
Making & Decorating Hollow Forms
is continuing well with it's edit. Release on this film won't
happen until September due to the annual visit to Israel to film
Advanced series of DVDs. More on this as soon as I know.
One last thing before I go:
We have a new arrival here at Hunters Lodge:
Our resident moorhens have another mouth for us to feed!
Short and sweet I know, keep your eye out for
more news next month.
Have a good one and keep those shavings flying!
21st June 2008
How's your summer been? Did you blink and miss it
one afternoon back in April? So much for global warming eh?
Ok, what have I got for you this month?
ELi Avisera's fourth film will go on sale next
week. This one covers the basics of hollowing end grain with a
project on a simple box. Elis hollowing was better straight from
the tool than if I'd used my best Hegner abrasives to finish!
Don't miss this one.
Sue Harker's film has reached the end of it's
edit. Sue was confident that there would be no outtakes this
time around...but I got them for you!
This film is called:
Turned Out Nice Again!
The In's & Outs of Involuted Turning
Sue's next film project looks a really interesting piece, I've
even got a shot of a prototype to show to you:
We're just starting to load-up Mick Hanbury's new
Making and Decorating Hollow Forms
into the drives ready for editing. We had a great laugh filming
Last for this month; John Berkeley visited when
we had Eli Avisera staying at Easter time this year with his
wife Chris. Here's some photographs Chris took and a taste of
what's to come on Eli's Advanced series.
Have a great month, I'll see you in July.
27th May 2008
OK, calm down!...Eli Avisera's Volume 3 is going on general sale
tomorrow: The Simple Bowl. This film is astounding to watch,
filled with techniques I personally had never seen before Eli
showed me...end grain tear-out is going to be a thing of the
Quick! Get to the Gallery Page and get your's on order now!
John Berkeley's latest tome: Screwples 6; The
New-New Castle Moneybox Puzzle has now completed it's edit and
is away for John to approve it's release, hopefully by next
This is a particularly sneaky puzzle and takes into account all
of your advances in thread-chasing if you've been following the
series. Of particular note is John's method for making Left-Hand
This weekend just past saw the second visit of
Sue Harker and her husband Graham to the Lodge to film her new
DVD: The Ins & Outs of Involuted Turning. Now there's a
mouthful! A baffling subject which will make a truly intriguing
film of how to accomplish inside-out turning to produce a
Sue is set to return in either October or
November to make her next project on film: The Bowl in a
That's it for another month. Take care, keep
making the shavings and we'll be back with more in June:
hopefully with a little better weather on our backs!
Bye for now.
27th April 2008
The next month will see the new release from Eli Avisera's first
series. If the first episode sales are anything to go by, you'd
better get your orders in quickly...we were run off our feet
We're now onto the edit for John Berkeley's
Screwples 6 and all's looking nice.
After a great relaxing week in Spain with Er'
Indoors and The Outlaws (My Mum & Dad in Law - smashing folks);
I'm back on track following a full day's work here in the nerve
centre at the Lodge.
Sue Harker is gearing herself up nicely for her
next shot at stardom next month, we're looking forward to her
coming again to the Lodge for a weekend of frivolity and fun.
More next month, have a good one!
28th March 2008
Yes! I know it's been ages since
you good people have had an update on what's going on here at
the lodge. You wouldn't believe how busy it's been here!
Right! Onto business...The Oneway lathe finally arrived, and
she's lovely...our new baby!
First run-out went to Mick Hanbury who came to
film his last in his Making & Decorating series. This one's
called: "Making and Decorating Hollow Forms". It's a really nice
looking film with some great turning, as usual from Mick.
All of the rest of the time has been eaten for me
by working on Eli Avisera's films. Over the last week, I've had
the pleasure of having Eli stay with me here at the Lodge, while
we went over all of the final pick-ups and re-edits. A mammoth
task and not a lot of sleep later: We're now ready to release
Series 1 Volume 1 next Friday!
So, what are you waiting for?
Get yourself over to Eli's Gallery page and get one ordered.
Demand is expected to be high, so be sure to get your order in
Have a great month...more in April!
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a great Christmas, ours was terrific! Our two
sons went off to Las Vegas for the holidays and left Jill and me
in peace. We had a lovely relaxed time together, but of course,
I now need to get back to the exercise bike!
I haven't exactly been idle over the past few
weeks; John Berkeley's latest film: Screwples 5 is now ready for
your enjoyment. So, get yourself over to John's gallery page and
order yourself one!
The Oneway lathe hasn't arrived yet, but I'm
assured that it'll be here in the next couple of weeks.
See you next month.