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The Berkshire Woodturners Association is based in Bracknell and draws woodturners

from East Berkshire and South Hertfordshire

Welcome To Berkshire Woodturners

competion judging 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)

Monthly Meetings

Xmas 2016 club memberThe 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.

Turning Workshops

Chris Cox Mentoring12We 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.

BWA at the Bracknell Town Council's Spring Event

Held on Sunday 2nd April at the Jock's Lane Park.

BWA at Bracknell Town Council's Spring EventThis is an annual event run for the people of Bracknell. This was the first time BWA have attended. Rob Legge and Colin Burge set up the new club gazebo and its headline banner for the first time. It proved to be "an absolute cracker" and an impressive vehicle for showing off BWA..

All went well apart from a brief power outage caused by the people doing the bar-b-q. Rob and Colin demonstrated woodturning during the day. There were a number of enquiries from people interested in woodturning, including a Tree Surgeon who might prove to be a useful source of woodturning timber. Rob impressed all around when he managed to turn a replacement decorative wooden handle used to return the birds of prey back to the handler.

Altogether a very worthwhile event at which BWA was well represented and we made those that attended more aware of the club and may provide some new members.

BWA Workshop Event

Held at Rob Legge's House (thank-you Rob) on Saturday 8th April

A turner and mentorIt seems a splendid time was had by one and all. The main theme was turning apples (one of Rob's specialities) which exercised skew chisel work and then spindle or bowl gouges.

There were eight attendees and several mentors helping out on the day keeping everybody on track and safe. Brian was his usual self, busy behind the scenes organising everything and everyone with expert diplomacy, rather like the civil service, keeping the ship on course but with great subtlety.

And as the dust settled we cracked a few cold ones and watched the chaffinches chatter about as we shot the breeze. Fabulous day with delightful people. (the last a quote from Rob)Shooting the breeze

BWA News

BWA Newsletter

By now you should have received a copy of the new BWA Newsletter. It is hoped this will be produced on a monthly basis and will only be seen by BWA members. Let us know what you want to see in the newsletter. We also need your contributions - we need tips and guides for use in the workshop and reviews on tools, equipment and methods. In fact anything that may be of interest to other BWA members.

Forthcoming Events

21 June 2017

The meeting on 21 June will be the annual BWA Auction Night. Note there will not be a demonstration on this club night. The auction will have 3 parts; the sale of unwanted equipments and tools, the general sale of woodturning blanks and finally the sale of larger woodturning blanks. The first two of these will take place on 21 June. The sale of the larger blanks will be at a later date yet to be decided

Richard doing what only he can do - sell wood

If you have any unwanted equipment or tools bring them along and sell them at the auction. You should put a reserve price on the items and understand that BWA will take a small percentage to go into club funds.

The wood auction will be an excellent opportunity to increase your stock of woodturning blanks. Most of what will be available will be dry, seasoned wood. There are a wide range of wood types available including Yew, Cherry, Oak, Ash, Padauk, Iroko and Sapele. There are also some pre-cut bowl blanks.

The competition theme for June is a turned wooden toy.

19 July 2017

Our demonstrator in July will be Ed Oliver from Oliver Tools. As well as being an exceptional woodturning artist, Ed also runs a company that supplies woodturning tools, finishes and wood turning blanks.


Recent Events

17th May 2017

Mark Hancock demonstrated turning a very delicate globlet with an extremely long, fine stem and then showed us how to make it much more interesting by bending the stem into a more interesting shape, and by the way it also had a captive ring.

Mark Hancock's goblet

Mark surprised us all by not supporting the goblet 'bowl' while turning the thin stem and used a roughing gouge in the manner of a skew chisel to turn most of the stem.