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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

Harvey Grimwood receiving the Keith Sherwood Trophy from Brian AttewellThe 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.

A Demonstration at the Hurst Show

hurst2 Saturday/Sunday 25th,26th June 2016 Hurst Show and Country Fayre. Two teams of 3 members, one on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday presented a display of woodturning. So a big thank you for giving up your time. Saturday saw Colin, Jason and Peter and the Sunday saw Terry, Peter and Tony doing their thing.

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 16th November 2016

The November club evening will be held on 19th October 2016 at Priestwood Community Centre, This month our demonstrator is Martin Saban-Smith.

Martin Saban-Smith

Martin is one of the new breed of woodturners who use social media and particularly YouTube as their vehicle for keeping in contact with their audience. Martin is also not afraid to 'experiment' using colour, scorching and pyrography to create some very artistic pieces. Martin is currently developing The Black Dog workshop to provide woodturning 'therapy' to those suffering from depression

martin S_S coloured plater

The competition theme for this month is " A plain bowl (execute a simple design well)".

Recent Events

Wednesday 21st September 2016

The last meeting (October), was the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman and Secretary gave reports of what had happen during the year and various people were elected or re-elected to run the club for the next two years.