Welcome and good evening on Thursday 12th December 2013 at 23:51:52 pm
The Society is pleased to announce the publication for general release of the first full translation
of Volume 2 of Bergeron' Manuel du Tourneur (The Turner's Manual) and of the accompanying Volume of
Plates (also known as The Atlas). These two hardback volumes are available from the SOT Membership
Secretary at a price to non-members per volume of only £35 GBP plus Postage and Packing. Members of
the SOT pay per volume £25 GBP plus p&p. Contact the membership secetary by email at
(type this address into
your email software)
Full details, together with extracts follow below:-
Bergeron Manuel du Tourneur Vol 2
First published during the turbulent times of the
French Revolution, Bergeron's Manuel du Tourneur or The Turner's Manual has been admired
for over two hundred years as a comprehensive record of all the tools, machinery and techniques
required by an eighteenth century amateur wishing to establish a fully equipped
workshop for the hobby of turning. This, the second volume of text which uses the
1816 revised and expanded second edition by P. Hamelin-Bergeron, is available for the
first time in an English translation. It deals with the more elaborate elements of
the subject and gives instruction in the use of the complex lathes of the period which were
used to make many of the artefacts now to be seen in museums.
This is a full and scholarly work by Jeremy Soulsby, our Librarian. Jeremy has drawn upon
the content of the first edition and other historic works to annotate extensively the
text so as to clarify
obscure terminolgy and techniques. He has fully indexed the volume and provided a glossary
and extended notes. He modestly desribes himself as the editor, as he has drawn upon the partial
translations of previous workers. However, Jeremy has translated the previously un-translated
239 pages as well as extensively revising the style and content of the earlier works
- a mammoth task clearly shown in the quality of this publication.
Please note - Bergeron's Manuel du Tourneur consists of three separate volumes. Volumes I and II
are text only and contain no plates; the third volume, often called the "Atlas", contains all the Plates
referred to in Volumes I and II. Thus this translation of Volume II is text only. We have therefore published
Volume of Plates as a companion to this translation of Vol 2 - see below for details and extracts from the Volume of Plates (the Atlas)
Hardback: 426 pages
Price to non-members £35 GBP plus p&p
Price to Members £25 GBP plus p&p
Here are some extracts
Bergeron Manuel du Tourneur, the Plates
Below is the text of the foreword to this latest SOT Publication
Bergeron’s Manuel du Tourneur was originally published with two volumes of text
and a separate volume of plates to allow the relevant plate to be studied with
greater convenience whilst reading the text. The Society of Ornamental Turners
has adopted the same plan for its publication: hence, the present volume is
intended as an accompaniment to the text volumes of the translation.
When it appeared in 1816, the Atlas or volume of plates for Manuel du Tourneur
contained ninety-six plates of which the first eight were hand coloured. An
additional plate was added to the later impressions to accompany the appendix
covering later developments. The page size was varied: some were multi-foldout
pages and many occupied an unbroken double-width spread. All plates were
originally printed on one side of a sheet only, as was usual at the time.
For the present volume to benefit from the economy of double-sided printing and
to retain the upright orientation of all ninety-seven plates, it has been
necessary to resize and split the larger ones over facing pages. Some
repositioning of the contents of these plates and the inclusion of the
occasional blank page has been necessary to give a satisfactory layout.
The plate size, with the exception of the larger multi-fold plates, has
been optimised in this reproduction at an average of about ninety percent
of the original size.
The plates are numbered in Classic Roman Numerals. There is duplication in
the numbering of the plates for volume I and volume II. Therefore a full
index giving Arabic and Roman numbers and the relevant page(s) for each plate
has been included at the end of this volume.
This new SOT Publication has been a joint effort:
Jeremy Soulsby and Robert Bigio (Dust Jacket and Text),
Harry Powell (Plate Formatting and Indexing)
Hardback: 162 pages; page size 8.5 x 11 inches
Price to non-members £35 GBP plus p&p
Price to Members £25 GBP plus p&p
Here are some thumbnail image extracts (not to scale) from the Volume of Plates
The books can be ordered, whilst stocks last,
at a price to non-members for each volumeof £35 GBP
plus p&p from the SOT
Membership Secretary email : . Type
this address into your email software
Price per volume to SOT Members is £25 GBP plus p&p .
Also in preparation is a complete revision of the English translations of Volume I. This will be produced
as a matching volume to the others and, as for volume II, will
be thoroughly researched and annotated
for clarity. No publication date is available at this time but we hope to maintain the
same price of £35 plus p&p (with a members only price £25 plus p&p) for this volume as for the other two volumes.
The programme features for 2013 are to be decided:-
The AGM will run to the following schedule:-
0930 Doors open
0930 - 10.45 Items to be sold in the auction to be handed to the Stewards
1115 Formal Business Meeting
1245 Break for lunch
1330 Private auction for members only
1530 Break for tea and prize-giving
1600 Auction continues
1700 prompt - Meeting Ends Quarterly Meetings will normally run to the following schedule:-
10.00 a.m. Doors open
10.00 - 10.45 a.m. Items to be sold in the auction to be handed to the Stewards
11.45 a.m. Formal Business Meeting
12.30 p.m. Break for lunch
1.30 p.m. Main programme feature
2.30 p.m. Private auction for members only
3.30 p.m. Break for tea
4.00 p.m. Auction continues usually until 5.00 p.m.
5.00 p.m. prompt - Meeting Ends
The Address - including Post/Zip Code for SATNAV users is
Uxbridge Masonic Centre Western House, 4A Hercies Road UXBRIDGE Middlesex UB10 9NA
1) From M25/M40 Intersection
Take M40 towards London which becomes A40 Western Avenue after about 1.5 miles. After the Swakeleys roundabout ( 2 miles from M25)
take the next slip road for A437. At mini-roundabout go straight over and immediately to traffic lights. There is no right turn at these lights
so go straight through and do a U-turn. Go back through the lights and then immediately bear Left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards, follow
the sign on the right saying “Western House” and park. 2) From London along the A40 Western Avenue
Take the slip road 2 miles after the Polish War Memorial Roundabout. Go through traffic lights at intersection with Long Lane and
immediately bear left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards, follow the sign on the right saying “Western House” and park. 3) From Hillingdon Underground Station (Metropolitan and Piccadily Uxbridge lines) turn Right into Long Lane. After 200 yards turn Right at the Lights and immediately bear left into Hercies Road. After 100 yards follow the sign on the right saying “Western House”. Access
Western House is protected by a key-pad on the front door but will be manned by an SOT member to give access. If there is no member present, there will be a sign at the door giving alternative instructions. There is a lift and stairs to the first floor Food and Drink
This venue is principally a conference centre and provides catering. There will be a meeting attendance charge of £4 per head which covers sandwiches at lunch-time and tea/coffee in the afternoon. Members are asked not to eat or drink their own refreshment on the premises.
Displays and Competitions
Please start now to plan your displays at meetings and your entries for
the annual competitions.
One of the most important aspects of the AGM is the Competitions and we feel
that this reflects our Ornamental Turning activity during the year. So it should do,
but we often have people showing very nice pieces at Quarterly meetings and then do not
put them in the competitions. Many are the competitions that have been won by a new member
who had no expectation of success – witness the fantastic pieces at the last AGM by new
member Jean-Claude Charpignon and shown in the latest Bulletin. So please bring all
your pieces to the competition whether good, bad or ugly. The competition classes are:-
The Jowett Memorial Medal (for ornamental turning of exceptional quality, including rose turning).
The winner of the medal also gets a £200 prize – a previous medal winner is not eligible for this cash prize.
The Mayor Cup (for ornamental turning on user-made or adapted equipment).
The Haythornthwaite Cup (ornamental turning by members of up to 5 years standing).
The Cattell Cup (for O.T. apparatus designed and made by the member).
The Howe Cup (for a turned object made entirely with hand-held tools).
The President’s Cup (for the most interesting items displayed during the year).
The Brandon Trophy (for the most outstanding service to the Society or, the most
outstanding contribution towards the Objectives of the Society).
The Anthony Award (for the most popular article published in each Bulletin).
At the Annual General Meeting 2009 Jean Claude Charpignon's Award-Winning Exhibits
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