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

Our next Competition is in Feb 2018 which is a Freestyle Competition where you can enter anything you like with a turned element  - sets are acceptable as are decorated items, colouring and embellishments / additional materials

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 - Gerry Jones

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


Competition results for 2017/2018


Nov 2017 Time Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Michael Coomber Steve Church Peter Pullin
Second - David Deadman Keith Golds
Third - Alan Reed John Plater
July 2017 Natural Edge Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First P J Power Peter Watts John Plater
Second Joe Green Steve James John Turner
Third Tony Burstow Allan Greenfield Bob Brady
April 2017 Finial Box Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Steve James Stewart Furini Keith Golds
Second Mike Meredith Bev Steele Robert Brady
Third Joe Green Gordon Eaton John Plater

Competition results for 2016/17


Steve James

won the Beginner trophy



Peter Pullin

won the Intermediate Trophy



Keith Golds

won the Advanced trophy



February 2017 Freestyle Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Mike Dempsey Stewart Furini Chris Burton
Second Steve James Peter Pullin Bob Brady
Third Mike Meredith Gordon Eaton Jim Young
October 2016 Earring Stand Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Robin Gilks Stuart Furini Keith Golds
Second Steve James Peter Pullin Robert Kemp
Third Michael Price Bev Steele Anna Cates
July 2016 Platter Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Barry Harvey Peter Pullin Keith Golds
Second Graham Wilsher Steve Church John Plater



Joe Green


= Barrie Fitch
= Stewart Furini

Anna Cates


April 2016 Gavel (& Block) Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Barry Harvey Stewart Furini Robert Kemp
Second Tony Burstow Peter Pullin Keith Golds



Tony Smith


= Gordon Eaton
= Alan Greenfield
= Chris Burton
= David Hare


Competition rules can be downloaded by clicking 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 by clicking on the link below

Details of the competitions can be found on our Programme at the bottom of our About / Prog page and 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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