Woodturning Clubs A to H

Woodturning Clubs A to H

The best way to learn woodturning is by benefiting from the experience of others. The following clubs are all very active and offer a great social side to add to your hobby.

If you do not see a local club in our list here, try contacting The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) who have over 50 branches and many associated clubs, including those listed below.

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Aberdeenshire - Grampian Woodturners

Our Club was formed over 10 years ago for anyone interested in Woodturning. We, as a club, meet monthly at St. Devenicks Church Hall in Bieldside. No previous experience is needed to join and tuition is available. Using a variety of wood species, we will be demonstrating various turning techniques daily, in the Exhibition & Burnett Conference Rooms.

For more information click here.

 


 

Cambridgeshire - Cambridge Woodturners

The Club caters for all abilities and levels of woodturning, providing a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in which to learn and develop.

We have a varied and attractive programme and plenty of people to give advice and practical help. The Club prides itself on its friendly atmosphere. Being smaller than some clubs has the advantage that new members soon feel at home and are encouraged to take part in the activities for instance, the monthly competition, hands-on evenings.

Club Meetings are held at the Cambridge Scout Headquarters, 195 Perne Road, Cambridge.

For more information visit www.cambridge-woodturners.co.uk

 


 

Cambridgeshire - Ely Guild of Woodturners

The Ely Guild of Woodturners exists to provide people in East Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas with a meeting place where they can learn more about this fascinating craft and share their knowledge and a common interest amongst like-minded people.

We meet at on the first Wednesday of every month at the Village Hall, Little Thetford, just South of Ely in Cambridgeshire, where we enjoy a full and varied programme of events.

As of January 2008, our 20th year of existence, we were pleased and proud to announce that the Guild had become an Associate Member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).

If you would like to know more about possibly joining us, just pay us a visit at Little Thetford Village Hall; meetings start at 7-15 pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

For more information click here.

 


 

Cambridgeshire - The Village Turners

Formed by people with an interest in woodturning, who recognized the value of contact with other turners to enable them to improve and advance their skills.

Our aims are to:- Foster a greater awareness of the Turner’s craft, Promote woodturning, Encourage fun and pleasure from the craft, Promote the sharing of skills.

We normally meet on the first and third Saturday of the month at our new home - Railworld, in the centre of Peterborough.

We have a number of lathes set up for hands on tuition and demonstrations either by club members or professional turners.

For more information visit www.villageturners.org.uk

 


 

Cheshire - Cheshire and North Wales Woodturners Association

An active and friendly club for all abilities beginner to expert, taking part in demonstrations and holding competitions for members too. With a recently opened section on Wood Carving and Stick Making, if you are a carver or would like to start carving please come along to any of our meeting where existing members will be more than happy to help in any way they can.

The club meets at 7.00pm on the fourth Thursday of the month (except August) at the Memorial Hall, Sychdyn, Nr Mold (parking available).

If traveling from CHESTER – follow the A55 west, taking the Flint/Mold exit, follow signs for Mold through Northop, straight on at the traffic lights. The Memorial Hall is the first building on the left after passing the sign for Sychdyn.

If traveling from ST ASAPH – follow the A55 east, taking the Flint/Mold exit, follow signs for Mold through Northop, straight on at the traffic lights. The Memorial Hall is the first building on the left after passing the sign for Sychdyn.

If traveling from MOLD – follow the Flint road, turning left past Shire Hall, pass through the village of Sychdyn, the Memorial Hall is the last building on the right, just after the crossroads, and just before the bus stop on the right.

Wherever you come from – watch out for the SPEED CAMERA!

For more information visit click here.

 



Cheshire - The Cheshire Guild of Woodturners

The Cheshire Guild of Woodturners was founded in 2000 to provide an opportunity for people interested in woodturning and related pursuits to come together to discuss their hobby, and in some cases their profession, and learn from each other. Founded by David Bryant, a local professional, widely known for his work with spinning wheels, clocks and chairs we now have over 50 members. We have a range of skills in the club and we’re not all experts by any means. Whatever your skill level we are all willing to share and freely give our experience and knowledge. The Guild is a member of the Northern Federation of Woodturning Groups (www.nfwg.co.uk).

We are located just off the A556 Knutsford to Chester road in the Village of Plumley.

For more information click here.

 



Cornwall - Cornwall Association of Woodturners

Back in 1992, five people with a common interest in woodturning got together to share ideas and decided to form an Association. Subsequently, 19 people attended the inaugural meeting and the Cornwall Association of Woodturners was born. The numbers grew and at our peak had a membership of just over 100. Over the years we have met at various venues in Mount Hawke village, the last one being the W.I. Hall before moving to Probus Gardens.

In September 2004, we moved into our new premises that the club refurbished at Wheal Jane Mine near Truro. For the first time we are able to offer our members the use of a club house six days a week, with storage for all our equipment. Here we hold monthly meetings that vary from demonstrations by other CAW members, to lectures by visiting guests on all manner of topics related to woodturning.

A wood carver has offered to teach our members carving, which will be of enormous interest especially the way woodturning is progressing with more decorative work being required. We also hold special events such as Turnathons ( to raise money for our chosen annual charity ), trips to National Woodturning Shows, hold local exhibitions and demonstrations, and enjoy visits by representatives from well known trade organisations and internationally acclaimed turners.

Abilities within our Association are varied, ranging from the novice to the highly skilled. Indeed some of our members have won prizes at National Woodturning Events. Please spend a little time looking at our Gallery of members' work by following the links provided and visit us again as our site grows. At every monthly meeting, which is held in our clubhouse on the last Friday in every month, we hold a competition for experienced, intermediate and novice turners. This is part of the Turner Of The Year (TOTY) competition.

CAW extends a warm welcome to all woodturners. If you are a prospective new member or a member of another woodturning club or association who is in the area on business or on holiday, please drop in (free of charge) and meet us. All we ask is that you notify us in advance so that we can supply you with dates, times and venues of our meetings as well as any directions you may require.

For more information click here.

 



Cornwall - Treknow Woodturning and Carving Club

Treknow Woodturners club was set up to promote the skill and enjoyment of woodturning, carving and woodcraft among members of the Club;Providing coaching for members of all abilities and to provide a safe environment in which woodturning, carving and woodcraft can take place.

Our aim is to promote woodturning, carving and woodcraft within North Cornwall and the surrounding area.

Membership of the Club is open to anyone interested in woodturning, carving and woodcraft. Contact by email in the first instance (see website), or come along to a meeting.

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month for Turning and the second Wednesday for carving with the fourth Wednesday for Carving and Turning.

For more information click here.

 



Cumbria - Cumbria Woodturners Association

The Cumbria Woodturners Association is a group of like minded people with an interest in pursuing the art or craft of woodturning and the many other facets involved in this work. We have approx. 80+ members and are associated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).

The inaugural meeting was held in 1990 by interested parties brought together by Merryll Saylan who came across from California for a 12 month residency at the gallery and craft workshop in Grizedale Forest.

We welcome visitors and new members of every age and level of experience, from professionals to novices. We normally meet at the Bryce Institute in Burneside, just outside Kendal, every third Saturday in the month.

For more information click here.

 



Derbyshire - Derbyshire Dales Woodcraft Club

Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or an expert why don’t you come along to one of our meetings which are held on the first Saturday of each month in Wyaston Village Hall, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
We have a mixed programme of visiting demonstrators, hands-on sessions under the guidance of more experienced members and a monthly competition. For those not familiar with the area, Wyaston is about 2½miles due South of Ashbourne. 

For more information click here.

 



Devonshire - Axminster Woodturners Club

The Axminster Woodturners' Club provides its members the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas on all aspects of woodturning. We offer a range of demonstrations using the expertise of members as well as 'Master classes' led by many of the countries leading turners and wood artists. One of the most popular activities is when we have hands-on sessions, during which members work in groups to produce an item or practice techniques.

We also offer 'surgery' sessions where individuals can have one-to one tuition.
Monthly meetings are held at Woodbury Village Hall, Axminster, Devon

For more information click here.

 



Devonshire - Tavistock Woodturners and Carvers Club

The Tavistock Woodturners and Carvers Club provides a place for those with an interest in this fascinating hobby to meet on a regular basis and share experiences and learn from those with more experience and skill. You can see the type of things we make on our website.

 Meet at Tavistock Scout Hut off Pixon Lane 3rd Monday of each month at 19:30 New members always welcome, no experience necessary.

For more information click here.

 



Devonshire - North Devon Woodturners

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 Marwood church hall usually on the third Thursday of each month, except in July when we have our BBQ in Barnstaple and August when we have a holiday. We endevour to work with the other woodturning clubs so that our professional demonstrators can visit several clubs on one trip, saving all of us money and making it worthwhile for the professional demonstrators.

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. Come along and join us.

For more information click here.

 



Devonshire - Plymouth Woodturners

We are a group of people of varying competences sharing a common interest in woodturning of all sorts. We have expert demonstrations and generally enjoy sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm with others expert and novice alike. We are a friendly group of like minded people, so why not come along for a chat

To encourage an enjoyment of the process of woodturning which promotes increasing skill and design awareness.

To promote and foster a greater public awareness of the woodturners art and craft.

To encourage communication and an exchange of views between woodturners.

To make others aware of the woodturners work and needs.

To operate as a non-profit making organization.

As a member of Plymouth Woodturners you can obtain discounts at certain local suppliers.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more information click here.

 



Dorset & Hampshire - Christchurch Society of Woodturners

We number about 60 individuals, a friendly and sociable bunch, at all levels of skill from experts to beginners, from around the Dorset and Hampshire area all with a keen interest in woodturning. We have regular lectures and live demonstrations on the various aspects of woodturning and friendly competitions for all our members to show off their work.

We meet at the Mudeford Wood Community Centre, Pipers Drive, Mudeford BH23 4TR  on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 7.30 pm.

For more information click here.

 



Essex - Chelmer Valley Woodturner

The Chelmer Valley Woodturners are an enthusiastic group who meet in Chelmsford, Essex each month.
The main aim of the Branch is to encourage good, original woodturning and to help with this we have demonstrations and members display table each month.
Our membership includes both beginners and experts and there is a free interchange of ideas between all members

For more information visit www.chelmerwood.co.uk

 



Essex - Fairlop Woodturners

Fortnightly meetings held at King Solomon High School, Forest Road, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex.

The club also has an active junior section where senior turners teach youngsters, helping them to become the next generation of woodturners.

For more information visit www.fairlopwoodturners.com

 



Essex - Thameside Woodturners Association

Some seventeen years ago a group of individuals with a common interest in woodturning arranged to meet on a regular basis. The meetings were held in the Ridley Dance Studios in Leigh-on-Sea to discuss topics specifically related to woodturning and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on particular techniques.  Occasionally professional turners were invited along to demonstrate their skills and individual approach to the craft. Thus Thameside Woodturners Association was created.

In 1996 the membership was sufficiently well established  to justify affiliate membership of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain.  In 1997 membership had increased and there was a need to find a more suitable venue for club meetings. The club was fortunate to be accepted by Billericay Arts Association at the 'Fold' in Laindon Road where we still hold our monthly meetings.

The move to the 'Fold' ,together with an extension of the annual programme, helped very much to increase membership to a  maximum level of 90 with the establishment of a waiting list.

The current membership stands at 70 and new members are welcome.Thameside were awarded the 'Turn Essex' shield in 2003 and again in 2007 for the best club table display.

Thameside Woodturners meet at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month at 'The Fold', Laindon Road, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LD

'The Fold' is the home of the Billericay Arts Association

For more information click here.

 



Galloway - Galloway Woodturners

Galloway Woodturners is a club for woodturners in Dumfries and Galloway.

Established in 2007, the club is open to anyone interested in woodturning, male or female, young or not-so-young, experienced or complete beginners who are just interested in finding out more about woodturning.

We formally meet at the Castle Douglas Community Centre at 7pm every second Tuesday of the month and visitors are always welcome. 

We also gather weekly for informal 'Turning Tuesdays' at members' workshops where we share advice and wood in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

For more information click here.

 



Gloucestershire - Forest of Dean Woodturners

The FoD Woodturners Association is open to all ages and skill levels so whether you are just starting 
out in woodturning, more experienced or just interested in finding out more, feel free to attend any of the 
events listed on our club dates page.

All meetings held at Weston under Penyard, Village Hall (off the A40)

For more information visit www.forestwoodturners.co.uk

 



Gloucestershire - Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners

In 1991, a group of people met at a local tool supplier to discuss forming a club where like-minded folk could meet and enjoy all aspects of woodturning. From those small beginnings a Steering Committee launched the Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners. The Association prides itself on having introduced many people to the craft and the current membership includes turners of all skills and experience.

Our monthly meetings, on the second Wednesday of every month at the Hucclecote Rugby Football Club in Gloucester, provide demonstrations by well know Woodturners. Day Seminars are regularly organised and we have had the pleasure of Nikos Siragas from Crete, Les Thorne, Bill Jones and many others. Occasionally a visit from a tool manufacturer benefits members in seeing new products and often the opportunity of buying at discounted prices.

The Association is blessed with many experienced turners who are more than willing to help other members with various aspects of the craft. A video/DVD library is available every month for members to borrow from.

For more information visit www.gaw.org.uk

 



Gwynedd - Gwynedd Woodturners Association

Our members come from Anglesey, Denbighshire, Flint, Gwynedd and beyond.

There are also details of how to join us.  If you are interested in woodturning either as a complete novice or an expert or anywhere in between do contact us via the email link later on this site or just turn up at one of the club events and introduce yourself.

The Woodturners Association of Gwynedd was formed by a small group of local woodturners in 1994 with the help of two well know professional woodturners, Jules Tattersall and Mike Scott with the aim of promoting and encouraging the craft and art of woodturning throughout North Wales.

The first meetings were hosted by Douglas Jackson at ‘Jackson Supersharp’ premises in Menai Bridge.  Later on the Association moved it’s activities to Bangor Cricket Club but now the club meetings take place in Llandygai Community Hall in Llandygai Village, Bangor. 

The Association holds regular monthly meetings when professional woodturners and club members demonstrate their skills.We also have club meetings to encourage newcomers to hone their skills on the club lathe. 

Three woodturning exhibitions and sales take place each year in Beaumaris Town Hall. These are in May, August and October. The actual dates of these exhibitions will be found on the web site. 

One of the highlights of the calendar year is the annual trip to the Woodworking Show at the Yorkshire Show Ground in Harrogate. We usually manage to fill a coach for this most enjoyable outing.

For more information click here.

 



Hampshire - Christchurch Society of Woodturners

The aim of this page is to give people new to the site  some idea of  a typical club evening. For directions to our meeting place see 'meeting place map' page.

The meeting (3rd thursday of every month) starts at 7.30 pm. After a welcome , our chairman , John Bolt, introduces the evening's topic and gives out any notices.Then there is an opportunity for any member to raise a query and give any other notices.

On alternate meetings there is then a demo of a turning project on a lathe, (eg a bud vase), usually performed by Paul Reeves but also sometimes by Franco Rodella, John Bolt, Tony Powell and others. Each project is part of the annual programme set out each year by the committee. We have a video camera system with  projection onto a screen which means that everyone has a good view of the turning,

For the next meeting, competition night, members are encouraged to bring their own work of the project, which is put on display anonymously with just a number and all members then vote on the pieces in order of preference.We have two tables according to skill level. Table B is for beginners and improvers whilst Table A is for those more experienced turners and those who've 'graduated' throuh Table B.The votes are counted  and at the end of the evening the results are announced.

All this is organised by Greta Reeves.Points are totalled up over the year and cups awarded to the winners and runners up at the AGM in March. There are  also cups given for various other aspects of the club activities .In addition , there is also a separate table for members to bring any work they've done for display and criticism. Photos are included on the web site (see 'Club evening general' and 'Club night Comp' pages.On that Competition night, there will often be a guest speaker but sometimes we have a 'workshop' night when there are two or three lathes set up showing various turning techniques and members are free to circulate and maybe try out the turning technique for themselves.

We have a committee but are extremely lucky to have a great team of volunteers who quietly in their own way provide a great service to the club. I have introduced these people below but in addition many other people help with  setting  up the lathe and chairs  as well as clearing up afterwards.

 



Hampshire - Forest of Bere Woodturners

The club meets at 19:15 on the third Wednesday of every month. We have either a guest turner or a club night "turn-in", where some members demonstrate various projects and techniques and others can try "hands on". We also run an all day Master Class twice a year for a more in-depth demonstration, and competitions for everyone to show off their own work.

We welcome guests and new members of all abilities.

Members of the club support a Junior wood turning and craft club known as Crafty Turners.

For more information click here.

 



Hampshire - Hampshire Woodturning Club

We are a group of mostly amateur woodturners who get together once a month to share ideas, show the results of our labours and watch woodturning demonstrations.

Meetings are held at the  Eastleigh Railway Institute, Eastleigh

New Members time is between 7pm and 7:30pm. This is where you can show your work, ask lots of questions and receive valuable advise for many of the group. This is very friendly so don’t be shy and bring along your work.

The main meeting will start at 7:30pm and finish around 10pm. Most meetings feature a talk or demonstration about a turning or related subject by a club member or a well-known national turner. Several times a year we have ‘turn-ins’ with a number of lathes being operated by members demonstrating various techniques.

Every month members are invited to bring work for the gallery. The gallery will be critiqued on the Turn-In evenings and if time allows on the other meeting nights.

There is also a monthly project for novices and intermediates with the opportunity to discuss problems encountered and overcome.

Refreshments are served at a mid evening break when members can catch up with the latest gossip. A raffle and prize draw rounds off the evening.

Membership is £20 per year with a joining fee of £5 for new members. Potential new members are welcome to come along and visit us without obligation or charge.

For more information click here.

 



Hampshire - Test Valley Turners

Test Valley Turners was founded in 1993 with the objective of promoting the art and craft of woodturning and providing a forum for woodturners to meet and exchange information. 

This is done through a series of monthly meetings at which members and external turners demonstrate skills, techniques and projects. Occasionally we arrange full day workshops, usually on a Saturday, run by national and international level professionals.
 
Test Valley Turners are Associate members of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB)
 
We have always met in the Test Valley area (in Hampshire), currently in Longstock Village Hall near Stockbridge.

Maximum membership is limited to 45 in order to try to preserve the relatively intimate ambiance.

There are a few vacancies, which will be filled on a first come first served basis. For an application form please see our website.

For more information click here.

 



Hertfordshire - East Herts Woodturning Association

The club welcomes all and has members from beginners up to professionals. We have a varied programme of activities including demonstrations by members and guest professionals, visits by traders and tool suppliers and varied lectures on turning related topics.

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm at: The Pavilion, Bullfields, Sawbridgeworth, Herts

For more information visit www.easthertswoodturning.co.uk

 



Hertfordshire - Herts & Beds Association of Woodturners

A well established club with meetings featuring a demonstration by a professional turner. The meetings are usually interactive and a great way to learn. 
Anyone is welcome at the club, young or old, experienced woodturners or people who have never picked up a chisel. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Adeyfield Community Centre, Queens Square, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead.

For more information visit www.hertsandbedswoodturners.org

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