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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 to BADHOGS

badhogs4b 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.

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 15th June 2016

The June club evening will be held on 15th June 2016 at Priestwood Community Centre, This month will be the clubs AUCTION NIGHT. A quick message to all members. Please have a look in your wookshops and if there is that extra tool or item that you would not miss, and you could donate it to the auction, then please bring it along on the night. Not forgetting on the night we will be auctioning off the wood that has been collected over the past year.

collected walnut 1

Recent Events

Wednesday 18th May 2016

At the May club evening we were delighted to have our very own Master Turner, Tony Taylor. Who went though his procedure on the way he made his bowl blanks out of planks of wood.

tonyTaylor at lathe

Monday 16th May2016

Monday 16th May BWA Collect a Walnut Tree from Shiplake. Mister Brian Marsh of Shiplake kindly donated a Walnut Tree to the BWA which had been felled in his garden. A small working party, organised by Richard Maynard, attended to cut up the trunk and recover a large amount of Walnut to be sold at the BWA Auction in June. The working party consisted of, Richard Maynard, Brian Attewell, John Chance, Keith Mosley and Viv Mitchell with her husband Chris. bwa recovering some  walnut