Virtual Woodturning Clubs
As a consequence of the recent spate of Interactive Remote Demonstration we now have a new phenomenon; virtual woodturning clubs!
There are two hosted here in the UK. There may be more I am unaware of.
Both clubs are based on delivering demonstrations and club meetings into peoples homes using Zoom.
Both are in their infancy. They appear to be offering pretty much the same 'experience'. The significant difference is in the method of payment; The Woodturning Zoom Club UK appears to be free to join and then any pro-turner demonstrations are paid for on registration, whereas with the Woodturning 360 club there is a joining fee (but you do get a pin badge and a patch for your smock!) and a monthly subscription.
The catchily titled 'Woodturning Zoom Club UK' is a Facebook group. The link to the Facebook page is here
The group appears to something like the Grit and Sheen facebook group but with added Zoom demonstrations and meetings. Cindy is a member and has demonstrated already. Stewart Furini is also a member. And Derek Weidmann, an amazing wood sculptor who happens to use a lathe, demonstrated last week.
Woodturning 360 is a "Woodturning Club for a Modern World" (their words not mine). It is run by Martin Saban-Smith and Phil Boulter and is owned and operated by Hampshire Sheen Limited. Woodturning 360 has already arranged a fairly full list of demonstrators to deliver monthly Interactive Remote Demonstration. They also plan Zoom based club meetings once a month, including a Member's Challenge competition, and a range of additional activities in line with many traditional woodturning clubs. There is a website and a Facebook page. Full details and access to the Facebook page can be found at the Woodturning360 website