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Bailiff Bridge Joinery Students Visit The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show

5th December 2013 <b>Bailiff</b> Bridge Joinery Students Visit The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show

Last month Calderdale College students from Bailiff Bridge Construction Centre visited the North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show.

The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show is the largest and most established retail woodworking and power tool show in the Country. Over the course of the day there was 70 companies exhibiting and over 30 demonstrators.

This field trip was initially suggested by a couple of the students from Bailiff Bridge Construction Centre as an opportunity for all the Level 1 & 2 Joinery students to experience the wider world of wood occupations, machinery, technology and techniques.

James Cumming, 18, who is currently studying Level 1 Joinery at the Centre was impressed with what he saw at the show: “I found the show interesting and it was a great opportunity to see a variety of different machines - I particularly enjoyed the wood carving.”

The students were surprised at the vast area of the Great Yorkshire Show showground. The admission for the group had been kindly provided by the show organisers (SK Promotions). Due to the nature of the show, the large number of exhibitors and visitors the students were left to their own devices to make their way around the show and view the demonstrations and the many varied stalls.

John Reilly, Level 2 Joinery student at the Centre found the show found the show fascinating and extremely useful: “I really enjoyed the show, there was much to see of great interest and I am grateful to both the College and the show organisers (SK Promotions) for making the class visit possible.”

Whilst at the show, one of the Level 2 Joinery students found a stall selling tropical hardwoods like lignum vitae,the densest wood in the world which is so dense that it sinks in water. He learnt about the incredible differences in the weight of the different woods, with some feeling more like steel or concrete than wood.

The students enjoyed the variety of power tools and machines on show. Of particular interest were the demonstrations including both the timed demos (more involved) and the shorter on demand demos. Sam Barten, 23, thoroughly enjoyed the show and found the demonstrations extremely beneficial: “I found the wood carving very interesting and it is something I would like to pursue in the future.”

Demonstrations included:

  • Cabinet Making - Andrew Lawton
  • Carving - Michael Painter
  • Finishing - Mark Raby
  • Furniture Making - Andrew Lawton, Chris Tribe, & Peter Sefton
  • Miscellaneous- Mick Hudson, Care of Planes
  • Pyrography -Bob Neill
  • Pyrographer- Lisa Raby
  • Scroll Saw -Wayne Mack
  • Sharpening -Nic Westermann
  • Turners - Eli Avisera, Andrew Hall, Stuart Mortimer, Mark Baker, Margaret Garrard, MikeHanbury, Sue & Graham Harker, Reg Slack, Les Thorne & Tony Wilson
  • Windsor Chair Making - Tom Thackray

George Batley, Joinery Tutor at the Centre was extremely impressed with his students’ professional conduct and is looking forward to the next trip: “I was very pleased with the students, their interest and behaviour was a credit to the class and the College.”

Written by: Anabel Millington & John Reilly Level 2 Joinery students from Bailiff Bridge Construction Centre

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