Welcome To Berkshire Woodturners
Berkshire Woodturners is a small, friendly club, currently with approximately 60 members of all standards of turning ability. Whatever your skills as a woodturner, we would love for you to come along and join us at one of our club nights.
The aims of the Association are simply to promote an interest in, and the development of, the art of woodturning and associated disciplines. We do this by holding monthly meetings and organising regular turning workshops
Come And Join Us
It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced turner looking for a new club or an absolute beginner trying to understand how it all works. Come along to our next club night (the details of which are shown in the panel to the right) or contact our secretary Richard Maynard (details shown on the top banner)
The monthly meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at the Priestwood Community Centre starting at 7 o'clock. See the Location Map Generally we will have either a professional turners or an experienced club turner doing a wood turning demonstration.
We have been lucky enough to get some of the top turners in the country along to our club evenings to demonstrate how they go about woodturning.
On club evenings there will be two competitions, one for items turned based on a theme set by the BWA Committee, the second, an 'open' competition for any item turned by the member which has not previously been entered in a BWA competition. Judging is done based on three skill categories: Beginner, Advanced and Masters.
We will organise turning workshops approximately every two months. The aim is to bring together the club's less experienced turners with the more experienced turners who can give guidance on aspects of turning, choice of tools, tool sharpening, sanding, finishing and similar skills. This is done through the turning of a small project. The projects are often aligned to the next month's competition theme.
A Demonstration to BADHOGS
Monday, 13 May. BADHOGS is the Bracknell Area Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Support Group. The Group meet at the Birch Hill Community Centre. Initial contact was made by Adie Cobb through the StreetLife website. It was agreed BWA would provide a short demo on Woodturning on Monday, 13 May. Keith Mosley and Colin Burge attended and took along some example pieces. Keith turned a small Sapele Dreidel Box using the BWA Axminster Lathe. Those present seemed very interested and there were a lot of questions following the demo. There were also a couple of chaps who had turned previously, one a joiner and one a Frenchman who had lived here in the UK for 50 years or more. We left them with a BWA Flyer with the contact details and invited anyone interested to the July BWA Club night. (There seemed little point in inviting newcomers to the Auction Night) BADHOGS use a portable ‘loop’ system for the hard-of-hearing and a ‘signer’ for the profoundly deaf. The portable ‘loop’ system was easy enough to deploy and we took details of the signer. The ‘signer’ is a professional and would require payment, but it is clear that accommodating members or visitors who are hard-of-hearing or deaf on BWA club night would not be insurmountable.