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

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SAW Presidents Gavel

Mike Spavin, Chairman of SAW, has written a report on the SAW Open Day 2019 for Woodturning Magazine. (See page 82)

In the report he gives mention to the fact BWA won the 'coveted' Presidents Gavel for the first time at the 2019 Open Day.

Fame at last!

I wonder should we follow up on this with a brief article about BWA?

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BWA January Club Night

Our demonstrator Stewart Furini said his coloured items always looked better when they were spinning on the lathe so that's what the picture shows.


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

The competition theme was be "Something Old". We suggested members turned a classic design - and we did get a Georgian Candlestick!

From Stuart, we got a number of bowls and platters, some texturing... and an awful lot of colour. We were also the first to see Stuart's magic screen to protect the audience when doing a centrifuge paint spread. Thankfully it worked!

Stuart also turned a box, which he then textured and coloured!

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As always Stuart provided a fascinating insight to the world of colouring.

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BWA February Drop-In Session

We will be doing some texturing


5th February 2020 - BWA February Drop-In Session. A texturing Workshop

The BWA lathes will be available. Members should bring their own blank (3x3x6in blank) or a current project to texture and any texturing tools they might like to use.

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Some examples of texturing and a couple of texturing tools.

BWA Monthly Competition - We Start From Scratch

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Totals Turner

There were no entries in the Beginners Section for the January 2020 Club Night

Competition Status


Totals Turner
1019Justyn Fowler
817Malcolm Cleaver
10Trevor Doran
99Richard Audsley
8Viv Mitchell
8Colin Burge

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Totals Turner
817Stephen Evans
1010Harvey Grimwood
10Peter Pearson
99Charlie Hayes

Competition Themes

JanSomething Old
FebSomething New
MarSomething Borrowed
AprSomething Blue
MaySomething Light
JunSomething Square
JulSomething Bright
AugSomething with Petals
SepSomething Holey
OctSomething with Metal
NovA Sum of the Parts
DecKeith Sherwood Comp

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BWA February Club Night

Our demonstrator will be Dave Appleby - Dave comes from Somerset and is a Registered Professional Turner and a long standing member of Martock Woodturners


19th February 2020 - BWA February Club Night. Dave Appleby will be our demonstrator

The competition theme will be "Something New". Turn something of a more modern design - perhaps a off-set bowl, a contemporary wall-hanging or a Hobbit Pot

Dave is professional turner who turns what might be termed traditional items using locally sourced wood which he prepares, rough turns and dries before finishing.

The wood is largely left in its natural state though Dave sometimes uses other simple materials, such as leather, gold-leaf or pewter to enhance the design.

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Dave Appleby at the lathe

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BWA March Drop-In Session A Pen Turning Workshop

Pen Turning with wood and acrylics


BWA March Drop-In Session - Pen Turning Workshop

The BWA lathes will be available. All the necessary equipment will be provided including a pillar drill, pen jaws, pen presses and mandrels. If you have your own pen turning equipment, bring it along.

There will be a mix of wood and acrylic prepared blanks, and also a few unprepared blanks, so the process can be demonstrated on the night.

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Some examples of the equipment used for pen turning and some finished pens

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BWA April Drop-In Session

Advanced notice - the April Drop-In Sessions will feature a Pyrography Workshop with Mo Moncrieff-Jury

Further details to follow.

Highlights for 2020.

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BWA April Club Night (15nd 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


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.


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


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 the UK 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.

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Check out the seminar website for more details

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