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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.

BWA at the Surrey Association of Woodturners Open Day

Held on Sunday 30th October 2016 at the Mychett Centre.

SWAOpenDay1This is an annual event at which Surrey Association of Woodturning invite a number of woodturning equipment and material suppliers to show and sell their wares. Surrey also hold their annual turning competition for their members, roughly equivalent to BWA's Keith Sherwood Trophy. Also included is an inter-club competition, and BWA were invited to take part. This included the opportunity to demonstrate woodturning in the main hall. As ever, Colin Burge and Jason Taylor provided the main demonstration on one the BWA lathes. They were supported by Tony Taylor who chatted to the many and varied people who visited the stand. Items selected for the inter-club competition were drawn from items turned throughout the year by BWA turners; ten items were required but had to turned by ten different people. BWA had a good range of turned items but did not figure at the head of the leader board. The inter-club competition was won by the Forest Of Bere Woodturners Club from Portsmouth

Forthcoming Events

December 2016 Christmas Special

The December club evening will be held on 21st December 2016 at Priestwood Community Centre, This month is our Christmas Special .

This month things are something of a change. This is when we hold the keith Sherwood Trophy Competation, and the awards are handed out to the winners of each category (Beginners - Advanced and Masters) and the one that is chased by all members is the turnner of the year. A trophy will be awarded to the member accruing the highest total number of points from BOTH the theme and open categories of the competitions.

Recent Events

Wednesday 16th November 2016

At the last meeting (November), we were lucky enough to have the plesure of Martin Saban-Smith as our demonstrator for the evaning. At the demo Martin showed us how he goes through his procedure for colouring,scorching and pyrography to create some very artistic pieces. This demo seemed to go down with a lot of interest from the club members.

martin S_S coloured plater