About South Downs Woodturners


We are wood turners in East Sussex and West Sussex interested in woodturning and related

crafts such as carving, inlays, pierced turnings, pyrography etc. There are no barriers to enjoying
wood turning, you just have to have an interest in wood. We are an associate club of the AWGB.


We welcome people from all walks of life and of any age. Some of our members prefer more traditional woodturning such as bowls showing the natural beauty of the wood, whilst others incorporate other materials like metal, glass or plastic into their turned items. Some experiment with adding colour and texturing to enhance the design. All are good ways of producing interesting wood turned items that can be either decorative or functional.

If you don't have tools yet, come along and get some advice. Turners who are progressing sometimes have tools they are happy to pass on to those starting out at realistic prices when they upgrade. See the Recycle section at the bottom of our Turnings page for tool sales or items wanted.

Meetings are on the last Wednesday of each month at Beeding and Bramber Village Hall from 7 to 10pm - See our Contact page for details.


We have demonstrations and practical evenings, details can be found in our Programme below. Radio microphones ensure people can hear everything that is being said, and a video projection system so members can see exactly what is happening on our 8 foot screen

Chairman's Challenge

These are run each month unless we have a competition. The topic is announced the month before when our Chairman challenges members to turn something associated with a word / topic or phrase. Entries that particularly attract the Chairman's attention will receive a small token of appreciation

Tool Bank

Club tools are available to members on short term loan. Some are illustrated above. We also have an Axminster AT1416vs lathe, Evolution Chuck & jaws, together with a Sorby Pro Edge sharpening system. These must be signed for, and returned the following meeting



We run a raffle each meeting to help offset the cost of hall hire etc. Please support our raffle by buying tickets or donating prizes




Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge to members at the break. This gives time for members to socialise and look around at the other things that are available that month



Club Shop

Our Club Shop sells a variety of consumables and tools at attractive prices. All profits are ploughed back into the club for the benefit of members. Members can also sell their tools for a small commission




Our Library has a selection of books and DVDs on wood turning and related topics which are available on loan to our members. If you would like to see a particular book / DVD added, please make suggestions to our Librarian



Practical Evenings

We organise Practical Evenings several times each year where members have the opportunity to enjoy hands-on time with other members to explore techniques and ideas in a social environment




Competitions are a regular feature in our calendar. Members are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced turners to give as many as possible an opportunity to compete


Tools 'n' Turnings

Our Tools 'n' Turnings table is a favourite element of our meetings where each month we encourage members to bring in some of their work, either completed or in progress, or their tools, so that members can see what others are doing and what they use. The objects often promote lively discussion

Health & Safety

We are keen to help members enjoy their hobby safely and take health & safety seriously. All members should read and understand the instructions for their tools and materials. We have a Club Health & Safety Policy which members should familiarise themselves with and we also recommend you read the HSE 5 steps to risk assessment. You can never fully eliminate risk, but you can minimise it and still enjoy our activities

South Downs Woodturners Health & Safety Policy
SDW HS Policy v1.1a.pdf
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HSE Five Steps to Risk Assessment
HSE Five steps to risk assessment.pdf
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We have a committee who run the Club and our Constitution can be found in the link below


South Downs Woodturners Constitution
SDW Constitution v2.0.pdf
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Membership fees

£35 per annum for adults and a discount of 50% is offered for those under the age of 18. To join, please come to one of our meetings and meet our Membership Secretary who will be happy to welcome you. Whilst we have no monthly entry fee for members, we ask visitors for a £5 contribution when they attend professional demonstrations



Cover has been arranged to cover our activities at Club events and, subject to a completed risk assessment, for members in each others workshops and where they represent the Club at craft events. To make use of this you must comply with our insurer's requirements which are summarised in SDW Insurance Requirements. Risk Assessment forms and posters are available on request from the Club Secretary.

Our insurance does not cover members making a charge for tuition or demonstrations. Please ask if you require further details.




Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 10pm in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall

Tea or Coffee will be provided, however please bring your own cup, mug or glass

A raffle will be held each meeting to help fund hall hire, any donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully received


2024 Programme

January 31

Norman Billingham will show aspects of pen-turning and we will have our usual Freestyle Competition - any item as long as it includes a turned element!

February 28

Professional demonstration: a return visit to our club for the ever popular Kevin Hutson who will show projects using spalted wood

March 27

Member demo (for May competition) Subject: "From Log to Bowl" - Gordon Eaton takes us on a journey from a bit of tree trunk to a finished bowl via rough turning etc. 

April 24

Club AGM, election of officers etc. Member fill-in demo: More fun with Barry Chidlow who will demo the making of a child's chair inspired by Ray Jones. Plans and instructions by Baluster Plans & Design 

May 29 Competition: Bowl - plain or fancy, show us your best bowl creations. Anna Cates demos the making of a wonderful wooden spoon
June 26 Live IRD from renowned turner and author Colwin Way. One of the very best around - not to be missed! https://www.colwinwaywoodturner.com/
July 31 Visiting demonstrator: a visit from hugely talented turner Stephen Madden aka "The Wood Dude" - this will be a fun evening! Check out his website at wooddude.co.uk
August 28 "Hands on" evening 3 lathes set up for member participation - bring some wood, tools, eye protection and join in! "Show and tell" Tools n' Turnings table Chairman's Challenge
September  25 Demonstration: "Something with a Lid" A welcome return from our former chairman and club founder Chris Grace. Expect the unexpected!
October 30 Member demo from club member and experienced carpenter Jubal Prevatte - his first club demo! Chairman's Challenge
November 27 Hands on Evening with 3 lathes set up for member participation - bring some wood, tools and eye protection.  Competition: "Something with a lid" - enter your lidded creations following Chris's September demo 

Fun Competitions - Mince Pies - Decorate the Christmas Tree - a hands-on evening so bring some wood, tools and eye protection.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members!

Club Newsletters

Here is the Club's Newsletter Archive. If you have any items to be included in future newsletters, please let new newsletter editor, Matt Hall, know.  You can send items to Matt at this email address: newsletter@southdownswoodturners.com


SDW April 24 Newsletter.pdf
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Newsletter February 2024
SDW Newsletter Feb 2024.pdf
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SDW Newsletter Jan 2024.pdf
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SDW Newsletter August 2023.pdf
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SDW Newsletter March 2023.pdf
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SDW Newsletter December 2022.pdf
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SDW newsletter August 2022.pdf
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SDW Newsletter June 2022.pdf
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SDW newsletter April 2022.pdf
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SDW newsletter February 2022.pdf
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SDW newsletter January 2022.pdf
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If any members have suggestions or requests for meeting topics and / or demonstrators or speakers,
please email the secretary with your recommendation. Secretary@SouthDownsWoodturners.com


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