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 our 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 2019/2020


February 2020


Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Ben Roskilly Barry Chidlow Chris Burton
Second Sandy Macdonald Michael Coomber Gordon Eaton
Third Chris Spanswick Joe Green Stewart Furini

December 2019


Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Graham Willsher Alan Reed Keith Golds
Second Sandy Macdonald Michael Coomber Jim Young
Third Joe Green Noel Thomas Allan Fielding

July 2019


Beginner Intermediate Advanced
First Joe Green Andy Heath Keith Golds
Second Graham Willsher Bob Harris David Hare
Third   Noel Thomas  

April 2019


Novice Intermediate Advanced
First Graham Willsher Barry Chidlow Stewart Furini
Second Ian Pritchard Mike Meredith Gordon Eaton
Third Chris Spanswick Bob Harris Keith Golds


Annual Competition results for 2018/2019


  Novice Intermediate Advanced
First Noel Thomas Michael Coomber Peter Pullin
Second Robin Gilks Gordon Eaton Keith Golds
Third Graham Willsher Mike Meredith Stewart Furini


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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