Hello and a belated Happy New Year to you.

We all had an enjoyable Christmas and a well deserved break, I hope you did too. My thanks to all the Chestnuteers who sent us good wishes, I started answering them all individually but there are too many kind people out there in Newsletterland and I couldn’t keep up with it, so thank you, thank you very much, it really does mean a lot to all of us.
And the Newsletter is back! I can’t say better than ever, it’s just the same really, but a warm welcome to all the new subscribers since the last one last year. I mentioned we were approaching a landmark number and I’m really pleased that we’ve smashed that, my thanks to all of you.
Shall we do some questions?

Remember last year? A couple of weeks before Christmas? Okay, I’ll narrow it down, the last Newsletter, when I answered a question about replacing the wheels on the Buffing Tree – which can’t be done. Someone else asked me why anyone would want to, and I thought it was worth giving a slightly detailed answer. The wheels on the Buffing Tree are 6 inch diameter, whereas the wheels in the kit are 8 inch. (We also supply 4 inch wheels which are more popular than you might think). There are only two reasons I can think of to want to replace them. The first is if they become contaminated, maybe by contact with metal, using the wrong compound or just overloading the wheel. Replacement isn’t really necessary in any of these cases, all that is needed is to clean the affected wheels, either using our Mop Dresser to do the job really quickly, or some coarse abrasive on a bit of wood. Effectively just wearing away the contaminated cloth to expose fresh underneath.
The other reason to replace the wheels is when they wear out – all the time they’re being used they are minutely wearing down. Eventually the wheels will get smaller, but frankly this is so far in the future that it needn’t be a consideration. The Buffing Wheels I have get a lot of use and it’s impossible to see any wear on them at all. We did investigate making the Buffing Tree with replaceable wheels but the extra cost of the fittings to allow this far outweighed the usefulness.

This question is ever so slightly cheeky, but it was a genuine one (as they all are). When will we be bringing the Woodturning Weekender to [insert your preferred area]? Our plan is that all the time it’s popular we’ll bounce the Weekender around the country, probably in rotation. We started in Lincolnshire last year, this year we’re in Kent, next year…well we have a plan but I don’t want to reveal it yet in case it doesn’t work. I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. We do intend to stay south on the years that the AWGB Seminar is taking place as we don’t want to compete with our good friends there. But if you want us to come to YOUR area feel free to suggest a suitable venue (by which we mean a building or centre with the relevant facilities) – because that’s a very important factor in our decision making process. I can’t promise we’ll use all suggestions, but we’ll certainly investigate all of them. So go on, the ball’s in your court!

Our last question this week comes from a turner who absolutely loves our Friction Polish – which doesn’t really narrow it down, it’s a very popular product. He was having one problem though. He wears spectacles and was finding that the Friction Polish was flicking up onto his glasses as he applies it – what was the best way of removing it? he wanted to know.
That’s not easy to answer; the solvent for Friction Polish is meths, but we’re not sure what effect that might have on the glasses, especially any special coating that might have been applied to them. More importantly though, this problem shouldn’t be occurring anyway. If polish is flicking up during application there’s too much on the cloth. It should be damp, not wet, so there shouldn’t be any surplus to come off, so our advice was to use less polish. Or get some of the safety ‘over-glasses’ to protect his specs.

And that’s it for this week. It’s almost like we were never gone. I’ll be back next week with more questions and more answers (probably on a 1:1 ratio but you never know), until then have a great week. If you’re making anything this week (or any week really) feel free to share it on our Facebook page or in Conkers, our Facebook group or just tag us in Instagram. There are links to all of our social media below.

All the best