The Berkshire Woodturners Association is based in Bracknell and draws woodturners from East Berkshire and South Hertfordshire


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The Keith Sherwood Trophy

At the Christmas Social BWA runs the Keith Sherwood Trophy. This is to remember Keith Sherwood who founded BWA in late 1991.

The trophy is a shield which you can see being presented to Harvey Grimwood in the picture above at the 2018 Christmas Social. The inset in the picture shows the item with which Harvey won the competition.

The competition is for a single item turned by the turner during the year until Christmas of that year.

However the winner is not chosen based on turning skills or finishing but simply by those present, members and their guest, selecting the item they 'like' best.

The entries are simply labelled with a number. Each member and each guest gets three votes for first, second and third. We then take those votes and apply some maths to weight the result to determine the winner. And there is only the winner.

So have a look through the items you have turned during the year, work out which one will most appeal to both the members and their guests and then enter the competition.

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BWA Christmas Social

A chance to get together have some eats and a drink or two.

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The BWA Christmas Social

We will run the Keith Sherwood Trophy. Bring along the piece you have turned during the year which you believe will most impress the BWA members and their partners. Everybody gets three votes, we count them up, do a little bit of maths to weight things a little and then present the trophy to the winner.

We will present trophies and prizes to the 2019 competition winners, including the 2019 Turner of the year.

There will be a turning competition. We will have the club lathes and some suitable blanks so everyone will get the chance to enter.

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Harvey Grimwood being presented with the 2018 Keith Sherwood Trophy.


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BWA January Club Night

Our demonstrator will be Stewart Furini - We might expect lots of colour and a hundred mile an hour presentation

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15th January 2020 - BWA January Club Night. Stewart Furini will be our demonstrator

The competition theme will be "Something Old". Turn something of a classic design - perhaps a Georgian Candlestick or a Greek Urn

Expect some bowls, some texturing... oh and quite a lot of colour.

Stewart was one of the star turners at the Chestnut Products Woodturning Weekender

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Stewart was in great company with Phil Irons, Gary Lowe and Pat Carrol.


Competition Status

Beginners

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpBeginners
67149Trevor Doran
58105Richard Audsley
3059Bob Bayliss
1750Linda O'Reilly
3047George Creber
1030Matt Petch
1625Martin Hull
2020Les Alexander
1018Pete Watkins
9Lee Forest

Competition Status

Advanced

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpAdvanced
38106Malcolm Cleaver
3470Colin Burge
2058Viv Mitchell
1948Chris Cox
2938Justyn Fowler
934David Blundell
28Roger Phebey
1727Barry Alder
10David Brownhill
8Peter Rickards

Competition Status

Masters

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpMasters
45126Stephen Evans
78116Charlie Hayes
77Peter Pearson
3848Peter Osborn
4343Terry Stephens
1938Jim Coombs
1928Harvey Grimwood
30Richard Maynard

Competition Themes

DateTheme
DecKeith Sherwood Comp
2020Happy New Year!!
JanSomething Old
FebSomething New
MarSomething Borrowed
AprSomething Blue
MaySomething Light
JunSomething Square
JulSomething Bright
AugSomething with Petals

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BWA November Club Night

Our demonstrator was Les Thorne - an old friend and a fantastic turner and demonstrator

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Les Thorne was our demonstrator

Les has been coming to BWA for more years than any of us can care to remember. This time he turned a fairly simple bowl using a variety of cuts which he explained in some detail. Then in the last ten minutes or so, he did some spindle turning showing how it is possible to turn a decent shape using some different 'tools'.

As usual there was a fair amount of banter back and forth, and poor Gary Rance took some stick, particularly as he has been turning for a few years longer than Les, though Les finished up by saying Gary was a great friend and a very good turner.

Les has been involved with wood in some form for most of his adult life. He has been on the Register of Professional Turners since 2001 and works as a professional turner out of his workshop in Old Arlesford in Hampshire

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Les hollowing the inside of his demonstration bowl.


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Meadow Quilters Christmas Fayre

Held at Charvil Village Hall,this is a small, local craft fair selling Christmas themed items.

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Meadow Quilters Christmas Fayre

This is a straightforward craft fair so BWA did not demonstrate.

A number of items were sold at the Fayre on behalf of BWA turners

Shirley Hays, Viv Mitchell, Brian Attewell and Colin Burge were the BWA turners who manned the stall..

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The BWA stand at the 2019 Fayre.

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Wokingham Men's Shed

The recently formed Wokingham Men's Shed formally opened on Tuesday 3rd December

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Wokingham Men's Shed

After several weeks work knocking down a couple of walls, painting other walls and installing some equipment, the Wokingham Mens Shed was formally opened in the presence of the Wokingham Town Mayor, her deputy and various Wokingham Councillors

There is still some work to be done and more equipment to be installed; including the woodturning lathe, but the 'Shed' is now almost ready for projects to begin.

Check out their website for more details

BWA have donated a lathe collected from Brian Wilson's workshop. It needed a slight adjustment (cutting about six inches off the bars) to fit into its designated position. So it is likely BWA will forge close ties with this Men's Shed to provide guidance and tuition on the woodturning side of things.

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The picture shows the Wokingham Mayor and her deputy and a rather splendid cake which tasted as good as it looked!!

On the far right is the lathe donated to Wokingham Mens Shed by BWA.

Highlights of 2019.

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27th October

BWA Turners stun the local woodturning world (and themselves!)

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This was a stunning victory

We have been entering the SAW Inter-Club competition for a number of years, but neve done better than getting 'Highly Commended'.

The aspiration was to get onto the podium. Third would have been a great result, but to come top of the pile is a superb achievement.

There are generally 7 or 8 clubs taking part. Middlesex, Forest of Bere and SAW themselves are much larger clubs. Forest of Bere have won the competition a number of times over recent years.

A special well done the ten BWA Turners whose work so impressed the judges; Rob Legge, Chris Cox, Peter Pearson, Charlie Hayes, Justyn Fowler , Harvey Grimwood, Peter Osborn, Roger Phebey, Viv Mitchell, Malcolm Cleaver

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So get turning everyone, 'cause next year we need to do it again.

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23-26 August 2019 - Stonor Park

Yet another excellent weekend at Stonor.

A full complement of BWA turners demonstrated woodturning..

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Henley Country Craft Show

Once again BWA turners attended the Henley Country Craft Show at Stonor Park.

Indeed a set of our turners stayed on site for the whole weekend using motor homes.

And no doubt we will be there again next year.

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George Creber at the lathe at this years Stonor Show

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84th Reading Scouts

BWA visiting 84th Reading Scouts for an evening of woodturning

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84th Reading Scouts Turn Some Key Rings

BWA had previously visited the 84th Reading Scouts based in Earley and turned some mushrooms. This time, based on a suggestion by Colin Burge we decided to turn some key rings.

The evening went extremely well. It was a little manic turning 24 keyrings in two hours, but the Scouts seemed to enjoy the evening immensely and went away with a key ring each. And they were all different! We expected them to turn a simple shape but they came up with some interesting designs.

Many thanks to the BWA team of Viv Mitchell, Shirley Hays, Linde O'Reilly, Colin Burge, Chris Cox, Matt Petch, Terry Stephens and Keith Mosley who were joined by the BWA President and Chairman, Brian Attewell.

Special thanks to Colin Burge who obtained the key ring kits and prepared the blanks ready for turning

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The Scouts and their leaders with the key rings they turned.

Highlights for 2020.

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BWA April Club Night (22nd April 2020) A date for the diary.

For the April Club Night we will be having a remote, live and inter-active demo by Cindy Drozda from her workshop in Boulder, Colorado

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Cindy Drozda

Cindy is one of the most in-demand turners in the USA. She is know all over the world for the spectactular boxes she turns and the finials that adorn them.

The plan is that Cindy will describe how she designs and then turns her finials.

The demonstration will be done live over the internet. As well as seeing what Cindy is doing, we will be able to talk to Cindy and ask questions

We will be using a system designed by Alan Zenreich for AAW.

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Cindy Drozda at the lathe.

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Maker's Central

Bringing together makers, creators, hobbyists and artists from all over the world.

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Makers Central is back at the NEC, Brimingham for 2020

The show is designed to bring together makers, creators, hobbyists and artists from all over the world, to celebrate their passion in all things creative. It certainly does that.

And while you will find all sorts of crafts on show, woodturning is one of the main elements with a number of top turners and tool suppliers demonstrating

So why not give it a try in 2020 and get some inspiration not only from woodturners but also from the other craft practitioners you will find there.

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Our good friend Terry Smart at Maker's central 2019.

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AWGB International Woodturning Seminar 2020

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain's Biennial International Woodturning Seminar

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AWGB International Woodturning Seminar 2020

This is a biennial event held at the Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre near Stone in Staffordshire.

The Seminar is aimed to offer something for turners at all levels from beginner to expert. The seminar programme is guaranteed to inspire, educate and entertain!

The Seminar will include master classes and demonstrations, an 'instant gallery' and a Club Collaboration Competition.

The presenters will include many internationally renowned woodturners many who will visiting solely for the Seminar. They include: Colwin Way, Emmet Kane, Tim Yoder, Willie Creighton, Jacques Vesery, Yann Marot, Joss Naigeon, Mary Aston, Richard Raffan and Sally Burnett.

Check out the seminar website for more details