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.
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
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
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
We have a committee who run the Club and our Constitution can be found in the link below
£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
|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!
|Professional demonstration: a return visit to our club for the ever popular Kevin Hutson who will show projects using spalted wood
|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.
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
|Competition: Bowl - plain or fancy, show us your best bowl creations. Anna Cates demos the making of a wonderful wooden spoon
|Live IRD from renowned turner and author Colwin Way. One of the very best around - not to be missed! https://www.colwinwaywoodturner.com/
|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
|"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
|Demonstration: "Something with a Lid" A welcome return from our former chairman and club founder Chris Grace. Expect the unexpected!
|Member demo from club member and experienced carpenter Jubal Prevatte - his first club demo! Chairman's Challenge
|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!
|Freestyle competition: Any item/items with turned elements Interactive Remote Demo (trial) by the ever-popular Stewart Furini
|Member demonstration: Chris Grace returns with a demonstration - Vases/bud vases - any style, any decoration to give some inspiration for the April competition
|Chestnut Products "Roadshow" and Demo Terry Smart From Chestnut Products will demonstrate many different finishes and finishing products. There will also be a display of products available for members to purchase at discounted rates. Terry visited our club several years ago and is always informative and entertaining.
Competition: Vases - any type or style including bud vases Club AGM, election of officers etc. Member fill-in demo: "A Clever Trick" - Barry Chidlow shows how to make a fun illusion!
|Interactive remote demonstration from professional turner Chris Parker aka "The Bald Woodturner." Chris will demonstrate a variety of texturing and colouring techniques. This will be the inspiration for our July competition - "Embellishment of Turned Pieces" Website: https://www.thebaldwoodturners.co.uk/
|Member demonstration: Talented turner Anna Cates is back with another entertaining and informative project. Subject to be confirmed but may be turning of green wood.
|Competition: "Embellishment of Turned Work" Taking inspiration from Chris Parker's remote demo in May - any kind of turned piece with additional decorative effects, colouring etc. Member fill-in demo, subject TBA Demonstrator: TBA
|Practical/social 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
|Visiting demonstrator: Patrick O' Connell from Ashdown Woodturners Club Subject
|Competition: Tableware- "Fun with Resin" - Gordon Eaton
|Professional demonstration: We welcome back Kevin Hutson who proved very popular and entertaining when he visited us last year. Subject: TBA
|Christmas social evening, full content tba Note : NOT last Weds Christmas tree Chairman's Challenge, festive items, mini competition, mince pies, wine etc