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

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BWA Coronavirus Shut Down

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BWA Shut Down Details

To comply with Govenrment advice in combating the Coronavirus outbreak. BWA will not be meeting for the April Club Night or the BWA Drop-In Session scheduled for 1st April.

The Bracknell Town Council Spring Event planned for 5th April which BWA would normally attend has also been postponed.

  • 19th March BWA Club Night - cancelled
  • 1st April BWA Drop-In Session - cancelled
  • 5th April Jocks Lane Spring Event - postponed

There are a number of national events taking place over this period, eg Makers Central and [email protected] As the situation appears to be changing almost hourly, please check before thinking of attending any of these National Events. Links to some events are on the BWA Events website page.

The committee will be reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be issuing regular updates via email notification, the BWA Newsletter and the BWA Website

You will recognise the committee has taken this action to ensure the health and safety of the BWA membership. We thank you for your patience in these difficult times

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BWA February Drop-In Session

The four BWA lathes were available for those attending to try the various different texturing tools available.


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

The Robert Sorby Texturing Tool and the Henry Taylor Decorating Elf seemed to be the favourites.

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The Sorby tool is very versatile with different wheels using different angles and pressure of application giving quite stunning effects. In true Stewart Furini style, a texture was applied then turned off and a different texture applied on the same blank.

It was emphasised that just as with any turning, the finishing cuts made prior to applying the texture are important. Texturing is not an excuse or a way of covering up poor technique.

Charlie Hayes didn't demonstrate but did show how he does what he does and the inspiration for the way he finishes. See the link below for some notes from Charlie's presentation.

Charlie's texturing note can be found here

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BWA February Club Night

Our demonstrator was be Dave Appleby - Dave provided a great demo of how he uses pewter to enhance his turned pieces


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

The competition theme was "Something New". Our judge was Richard Maynard.

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Dave is professional turner who turns what might be termed traditional items but he often enhances his turnings by using pewter.

Dave demonstrated how he turns a basic pot and then enhances the pot using pewter rings at the top and at the foot.

Dave explained the steps; first turning the basic shape of the pot, then turning a mould for the pewter rings in some waste wood, before melting and pouring the pewter using a Lee Production Pot (used for bullet making).

Once the pewter had cooled it was trimmed to size using standard woodturning tools and extracted from the mould before being glued in place. Dave uses two-part Epoxy rather than CA Glue to comenstate for any movement in the wood used.

Competition Status


Totals Turner
1020Leigh Pawson

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

Competition Status


Totals Turner
2038Justyn Fowler
1736Malcolm Cleaver
1727Richard Audsley
723Colin Burge
717Trevor Doran
15Viv Mitchell
88Chris Cox

Competition Status


Totals Turner
1735Stephen Evans
1020Harvey Grimwood
1717Charlie Hayes
10Peter Pearson

Competition Themes

JanSomething Old
FebSomething New
MarNo Meeting
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 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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BWA March Drop-In Session A Pen Turning Workshop

Pen Turning with wood and acrylics


BWA March Drop-In Session - Pen Turning Workshop

We were lucky to be able to get Ron Caddy to come along at extrmely short notice to show us some pen turning, but because of time constraints it was not possible for anyone to give Pen Turning a try despite the work done by Shirley Hays to prepare some wood and Acrylic blanks.

So the plan is to take advantage of Ron's guidance and the prepared blanks at the BWA March Club Night. So bring along your pen kits and any blanks you may have and give Pen Turning a try.

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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

The April Drop-In Sessions will feature a Pyrography Workshop with Mo Moncrieff-Jury

Now cancelled due to the Coronavirus

Highlights for 2020.

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Bracknell Town Council Spring Event

Now postponed due to the Coronavirus. Revised date to be follow.


One of BWA's regular events

A small scale Craft Fair mainly for people in the local neighbourhood featuring local clubs and societies.

Generally well attended mainly by families with children. BWA will demonstrate woodturning, usually spinning tops, etc for the children attending.

An ideal event for your first go at demonstrating in public so why not give it a try in 2020.

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Dave Blundell turning at Jock's Lane in 2019.

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Maker's Central

The event has been postponed until 8th/9th of August 2020


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