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The main events organised by BWA will be the regular monthly club evenings at Priestwood Community Centre. These will occur on the third Wednesday of each month.
BWA will also organise hands-on workshops every two months or so.

Berkshire Woodturners Association Events

See below for the list of events planned for 2017.

The list also shows the competition theme for each month. Remember as well as the themed category, there is also an open category.

BWA 2017 Meeting and Competition Schedule

DateDemonstratorCompetition Theme
18 January 2017Jason TaylorBell
15 February 2017Dave Appleby - BowlsBottle with stopper
15 March 2017Open EveningLace bobbins (matching pair)
19 April 2017Gary Rance - Creative WoodturningEgg and cup
17 May 2017Mark Hancock - Full rang of woodturningLidded box
21 June 2017BWA Auction NightToy
19 July 2017Ed Oliver - Oliver's ToolsStacking boxes (min. two)
16 August 2017Jason TaylorItem to hold food or drink
20 September 2017Richard Findley Bowl with a round bottom (weeble)
18 October 2017Annual General MeetingMiniture hat
15 November 2017Paul Howard - Jigs and thingsItem textured or pierced
20 December 2017Christmas SpecialKeith Sherwood Competition

Wednesday Club Nights

shavingsGenerally the club night will be based around a turning demonstration. BWA will invite a professional turner to visit the club and show the members how to turn a particular item, demonstrate the use of a particular tool or turning technique.

Interspersed in the demonstrations are special events; an Open Evening ; an Auction; the Annual General Meeting; the Christmas Special.

The Open Evening This evening is a general social evening to give members a chance to chat and get to know each other. Each of the four club lathes will be in use for brief demonstrations by club members of a particular technique or tool, or finishing method. Some members will bring along their sharpening systems to provide guidance on sharpening tools. We are usually joined by representatives of Wokingham Tools who will bring along some turning tools and associated equipment for sale at very reasonable prices.

A Study in ConcentrationThe Auction On this evening clubs funds will be boosted by selling timber blanks, tools, video and books. The timber blanks, generally from native British trees, are collected by club volunteers during the year and auctioned at very reasonable prices. This is a good opportunity to obtain some interesting timber at prices far cheaper than will be seen at any commercial outlet. Association members are also invited to sell any unwanted tools; a small percentage of the money received will go towards club funds. The videos and books sold are generally from the clubs loan stock.

The AGM This is an opportunity for Association members to become more involved in the running of the Association. The club officers will report on what had happen in the year leading up to the AGM and propose a plan of action for the following year. The Treasurer will present the Association accounts and propose the budget for the following year. Elections will be held for any vacant posts.

The Christmas Special Another social evening with a glass of wine and some nibbles. The evening will include a raffle, a hands-on turning competition to turn a Christmas Bauble, a Secret-Santa bran-tub and the Association prize giving. The monthly competition will be a special competition for the Sherwood Trophy (see the competions page for details)

Hands-On Workshop Sessions

hurst5These are held roughly every two months through-out the year. They are full day events, generally at the weekend, held either held at a members workshop or at Priestwood Community Centre

They are generally based on a particular turning technique, eg bowl turning, box turning or spindle turning. The club provides the lathes, mentoring from some of the more experienced turners and lots of coffee. The attendees provide the wood, the tools and the enthusiasm

A small charge is levied to cover any costs

External Events

BWA is trying to become more involved in promoting woodturning. Currently our only regular commitment is to the Wokingham Tools Open Day in Reading, but we plan to extend this to providing demonstrations to other groups, for example, The Scouts and the Womens Institute, and at Craft fairs, Shopping Malls, etc, etc. The events will be supported by club members who will provide the demonstration using the club lathes.

BWA News

20th September 2017

The September club night demonstration will feature Richard Findley. Richard has been a Registered Professional turner since 2010 and writes regularlary for Woodturning magazine with more than 75 articles to his name.

Richard runs The Turner's Workshop from his workshop in Wigston, Leicestershire, specialising in hand turning of everything on his 1950's Wadkin RS8 lathe (see picture to the right) . You can from the picture Richard certainly knows how to 'make shavings'.

The competition theme for the September Club Night will be "a bowl with a round bottom (weeble)" .

Richard Findley

Saturday 23th September 2017

BWA will hold the next BWA Workshop on Saturday 23 September at Rob Legge's workshop in Eversley. The theme of the workshop will be colouring and texturing. In order to focus on the colouring it is hoped that those attending will have turned a wide brimmed bowl in preparation. We will also have a few spare turned bowls for those forget their own. A note will be sent to members via the Secretary with a rough specification, some details of what we will be covering and direction to Rob's workshop.

Recent Events

16th August BWA Club Night

This was definitely one of the "Don't Try This At Home" demos

The demonstration was given by BWA club member, Jason Taylor. In the first half of the evening Jason demonstrated the use of 'high-voltage pyrography' to create Lichtenberg Fractal burned patterns on some timber. The first piece was a large flat board. Jason followed this by burning a wet, rough turned bowl. After clearly explaining the dangers of using these techniques and the extreme care needed when doing this form of decorating timber, Jason took us through the process and created some stunning patterns. The second half of his demo demonstrated how to create some flower heads using green Hawthorn and the pointed end of a skew chisel. Despite the wood being a little too dry Jason created some realistic flowers.

19th July BWA Club Night - Ed Oliver

Oh what a night! Though Ed has worked with wood for sometime it was only in 2013 that he really took up wood turning. Not only has Ed honed his skills in that time, he has also set up his own business selling his work and woodturning supplies. Ed was one of the busineses at the recent UK and Ireland Woodturning Seminar (UKIWS) in Coventry. Ed is one of the new breed of woodturners, not afraid to try things out and not concerned about whether colouring wood is the 'right' thing to do.

Ed Oliver

On the night, Ed turned a thin platter in Sycamore which he textured with a Robert Sorby texturing tool and then coloured using 'Golden' Artist Colours. The result was stunning. Ed's patter was continuous and entertaining. Of particular note was his attention to the safety aspects (wearing PPE and turning off the lathe when moving the tool rest, etc) and also his explanation of evrything he did and why he did it that way.

The competition theme for the June Club Night was "Stacking Boxes (minimm of two)". Peter Osborn created a stunning off-centre conical box with individual boxes that rotated out on a central spindle.

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