South Downs Woodturners Competition


We run competitions for Sussex wood turners throughout the year so that members have an opportunity to show their work to others and promote discussion on a variety of techniques

See out HOME page for our next competition

We welcome any work with a turned element and some wood. You can make items as simple or complicated as you like. We encourage experimentation with any method of enhancing turned items, so burning, carving, colouring, incorporating other materials (e.g. glass, metal, plastics etc.), pierced elements, pyrography, texturing are all welcome. Alternatively just turn some wood! We do not wish to constrain your creativity and are happy for you to interpret competition briefs as broadly as you choose. If in doubt, please ask the Competition Secretary - Dave Smith

Items are judged using the following criteria: Design and Innovation   Finish   Turning Skills


Competition results for 2018/2019


February 2019


Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Chris Spanswick Andy Heath Chris Burton
Second Sandy McDonald Michael Coomber David Hare
Third Ian Pritchard Mike Meredith Gordon Eaton

November 2018

3 cornered Bowl

Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Noel Thomas Peter Watts Peter Pullin
Second - Mike Meredith Keith Golds
Third - Michael Coomber -

August 2018

Bud Vase

Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Robin Gilks Gordon Eaton

= Keith Golds

= Peter Pullin

Second Noel Thomas

= Andy Heath

= Peter Watts

Third Tony Smith n/a John Plater

April 2018

Cottonreel Stand

Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Noel Thomas Gordon Eaton Stewart Furini
Second Michael Coomber Bob Harris Peter Pullin
Third - Andy Heath Jim Young


Annual Competition results for 2017/2018


  Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Mike Meredith Andy Heath Keith Golds
Second Michael Coombes Bob Harris

John Plater

Peter Pullin

Third Joe Green David Deadman Stewart Furini

Beginner First Place


Intermediate First Place


Advanced First Place


Competition rules can be downloaded from the link below

Volunteers are needed from our members to judge competitions. No experience is required as we have clear guidelines to ensure consistency. Please speak to any member of the Committee or email us to volunteer:

Judges guidelines can be downloaded from on the link below

Details of the forthcomming competitions can be found on our Programme at the bottom of our About / Prog page and competition results will be posted above


Sout Downs Woodturners - Competition rules
SDW Competition Rules v2.0.pdf
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South Downs Woodturners - Judges Guidelines
SDW Competition Judges Guidelines v2.0.p[...]
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