The main purpose of the club is to foster interest in woodturning and to help members improve their skill in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. We meet at 7.00pm on the third Monday of each month at the Bilsborrow Village Hall, Bilsborrow,PR3 0QR, north of Preston on the A6.
So what does the club have to offer?
- Monthly demonstrations by local, national and international Woodturners
- Tuition given to beginners by our more experienced members on special evenings.
- Monthly competitions to improve standards
- Club clinics to discuss and resolve problems.
- Discount on tools and timber from local suppliers
- Exhibition and sale of members work at Craft Fairs and Art Exhibitions
- Organised trips or car sharing to major exhibitions
- Full day seminars (Saturday)
- Affiliation to the Northern Federation of Woodturning Groups
- Plus, most importantly, the opportunity to chat with fellow woodturners to swap ideas, tips and advice
The usual format of the evening is that the Chairman starts the meeting at 7.00pm with a few announcements and then introduces the demonstrator who describes the particular topic to be covered.
During the demonstration a description of methods used is given, often responding to questions from the audience. About 8.30pm we have a break for a cup of coffee at which time the demonstrator is usually surrounded by members wanting to ask questions or have a closer look at his / her tools etc. After a 15 minute break, the demonstration continues and normally finishes at about 10.00pm
The club has previously received a lottery grant and this has been used to update our audio and visual equipment. Demonstrations are now recorded by state of the art cameras and projected to a large screen, enabling members to clearly see and hear the presentation.
Hands On Evenings (Workshops)
Hands On meetings are dedicated to helping beginners and are run on the 1st Monday evening, November to April. These evenings are run by the more experienced club members, offering advice and hands on tuition on most aspects of woodturning. The club has two lathes and some members bring mini-lathes, also Scroll Saw and Pyrography equipment is available on the night. Novices are encouraged to bring their own tools but some can be provided on the night by the Club.
The Club monthly competitions are divided into Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and open classes, all members are encouraged to enter.
New members who wish to enter the completion are requested to bring 3 pieces of work for assessment by the committee so they can be placed in the appropriate class for their skill level.
- Entries for any class must be a single item or set, i.e. a pair of candlesticks.
- The novice, intermediate and advance classes are any turned item.
- Any item made primarily from wood can be entered into the open class.
Health & Safety – Personal Protective Equipment
Most of us are aware that ALL hardwoods and most timbers in general possess a potential health hazard, from irritant to downright unhealthy! As wood turners (at any level) I think we all know that woodturning creates many H&S issues and personal safety is paramount, protecting ourselves from any know or perceived hazard should be second nature. To that end the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is encouraged in our turning workspace (be it workshop, garage, shed or man/woman cave), the monthly demonstration falls into the “workspace” category.
Individuals know, or should be aware of what levels of wood dust affects them. Demonstrations generate the same dust and no matter how good a dust extraction system is used the demonstrator has to balance the presentation with the ability of the audience to hear what they are saying. If you know you are likely to be adversely affected by dust, please come to the demonstration prepared to use your PPE. Everyone knows what PPE is right for them and its use is encouraged at any of our meetings and external demonstration (E.g. Sizergh Castle, Southport show etc), if you feel you need to wear it, please do so.
Northern Federation of Woodturning Groups
The Club is affiliated to the above Federation and this provides insurance cover for all the Club activities.
Equally importantly, it provides the Club members with the opportunity to compete with members of other clubs in the annual Federation Woodturning Competition.
What Does All this Cost?
The membership fee is £40 covering October to September the following year. This is due in August following the Annual General Meeting in July. Payment can be spread over several months but must be complete by Christmas. The fee for new members is pro rata for the remaining months of the year.
- Couples membership £50
- Junior Membership £10
- Guests £5 per visit
Thinking of Joining Us?
Why not come along and see what we do? You are most welcome to just turn up on an evening.
For normal club nights visitors and non-members are charged £5 which is deducted from the annual fee if you decide to join. Hands On nights are £5 for members and £8 for visitors.
Come out of the shed, join in and share your interest with others!
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