The aims of our active and enthusiastic club are to promote and enjoy woodturning. 2014 was our 25th anniversary year, when we had a range of exciting meetings and events to help us celebrate this milestone for the club.
We hold monthly meetings in Bristol, when we regularly have demonstrations by world class wood turners.
Past members and visitors will be made very welcome. If you are new to wood turning why not come along to the next meeting and see for yourself what the club is all about.
The Club is affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB). and has its origins in Axminster at the original premises of what is now known as Axminster Tools & Machinery.
We meet at the Woodbury Community Hall, just south of Axminster, usually on the first Saturday of the month. Most meetings are from 10 am to 1 pm, with the occasional session extended to about 4 pm.
The meetings consist of a mixture of visiting and club woodturners demonstrating particular projects; we also hold hands-on practical sessions where several demonstrations are run simultaneously and members are able to have a go themselves. We try to provide a varied programme across the year to cater for various needs and interests, and some training as well.
We are an Affiliated Member Club of the AWGB (Association of Woodturners of Great Britain).
Our membership is made up of a combination of Woodturners and Wood Carvers. The wide range of our member's woodworking interests are reflected through the variety of wood forms and grain patterns in the work that they produce. Members are encouraged to bring examples of their work to club meetings for discussion.
Our members are conscious of the need for rainforest and other forms of conservation and whenever possible, use wood from sustainable sources.
Our regular meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm, with the occasional full day demonstration (see the Calendar tab above). The club meets at The Village Hall, Rattery, near Totnes, where we either have a demonstration by a well known Woodturner or an informal inhouse workshop.
We are Martock and District Woodturners, a friendly club in the heart of Somerset. We are keen to pass on our love of woodturning and have members of all abilities, ranging from hobby turners to professional turners but all sharing an enjoyment of the craft.
Martock and District Woodturners was established in 1993 at Yandles & Sons in Martock and we are very pleased to have reached our 25th anniversary in 2018! In 2010 we moved venue for our evening meetings to Ash Recreation Pavilion. We continue to enjoy support from Yandles who enable us to use their training room for our practical sessions and to have a stand at their Spring and Autumn shows. Please come along and chat to us at one of these shows, where you will also see our members helping with the parking.
Our friendly club has a wide range of skills among the members. We have monthly woodturning demonstrations by professional woodturners and proficient club members, giving you a chance to improve or learn woodturning skills.
Bring your turnings, both good and not-so-good for friendly advice to one of our evenings as a welcome guest.
We meet at Fremington Village Hall on the third Friday of each month from 19:00-21:30. To find the hall's location please go to the Map page.
We welcome new members whether you are new to turning or experienced. We have quality items related to woodturning in our club raffle which helps raise funds for the club. There is a wide range of videos for hire to help you improve your turning skills. Tea time offers the chance to talk to other members, the demonstrator and inspect the project table. A constructive critique is given by the professional turner on our work.
Plymouth Woodturners was formed on 1st July 1999 and is affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), a national organization which promotes all aspects of the art and craft of woodturning. All members of Plymouth Woodturners are also members of AWGB. The club members are people who come from all walks of life brought together by a common enthusiasm for wood and woodturning.
Some members have been turning wood for a short time, others for many years, but we all have new skills to learn. If you have never turned wood, you should try it! It is extremely satisfying, despite the occasional frustration. Forming a shapeless lump of wood into a thing of beauty; working with hands, eyes and brain; devising shapes; actually producing something you can cherish, use, give away or sell. It is one of the most gratifying activities there is.
The emphasis of the club is to involve our members, particularly the less experienced, in hands-on demonstrations and to encourage as many members as possible to submit work for the six monthly ‘showcase’ which will then be scrutinised by the showcase member who will consider the various aspects of design, technique, finishing and grading accordingly.
Our age range varies across the spectrum from the relatively young to the more mature, some of whom have passed their eightieth birthday. The degree of expertise is also varied but it has to be said that most members can produce work of a very acceptable standard. That said we do welcome those with little or no turning experience.
Any person who has an interest in woodturning and lives in the Torbay and the surrounding areas are most welcome to join.
Former Olympic Fencing Coach turned professional woodturner Jon Sanders ran successful teaching courses at his workshop near Chard for many years. As a result of comments made to him by students he wrote to those living locally with a view to forming a woodturning club. 22 ex students attended an inaugural meeting at Cricket St Thomas in September 1989 from which Wessex Woodturners was born.
Initially meeting at Jon's workshop, after several years the Club relocated to Yandles Woodworking Center at Martock where the Club is thriving and still meeting regularly at 7.30pm on the last Friday of each month.