The Berkshire Woodturners Association is based in Bracknell and draws woodturners from East Berkshire and South Hertfordshire

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Sad News - We had already reported that Mark Baker had given up as editor of the Woodturning Magazine because of his illness.

Sadly we now have to report that Mark has now succumbed to his illness.

The committee has sent condolences to Mark's family on behalf of the BWA.

Many people have described the recent Conkers Live demo by Richard Findley as one of the best demos they have seen.

If you missed it, it will be available on the Conkers Live YouTube channel here until 27th October.

There are a series of exciting demos coming up by David Ellsworth (via AAW), Paul Hannaby (via Conkers Live) and Martin Saban Smith (via Kennet Valley) which are not to be missed.

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BWA October Club Night

Berkshire Woodturers Association Annual General Meeting

The meeting will start at 7 PM. You should now have received an agenda and details for the meeting.

EXCLUSIVE: Following the AGM we will show a video of the rice bowls, chopsticks & stands Malcolm Cleaver has turned. We will be the first people to view it.


BWA October Club Night

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Should you have any business you wish to raise at the AGM or should you wish to volunteer for a post on the BWA Management Team please contact the BWA secretary.

There are currently three items for discussion:

  • Will we continue with IRDs?
  • Proposal for not making any changes in Membership fee for 2021
  • Proposal for Committee members not to pay membership fees

The October Competion will be run as all recent monthly competitions using the photos provided. The deadline for sending the photos to Viv Mitchell will be midnight on 21st October.

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Paul Hannaby will demonstrate. Paul is also chairman of AWGB

I would encourage you to watch Paul's demo. He is an excellent demonstrator and its free.

The blurb on Terry's email about this demo describes Paul as a veteran woodturner! Not quite sure how Paul will take that as he is probably younger than most of the BWA members.

I think Terry was trying to say Paul is an very experienced woodturner and demonstrator.


Conkers Live

A live demo on YouTube followed by an interactive question and answer session on Zoom.

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This is to be a series of live demos on YouTube presented by Terry Smart and his team at Chestnut Products.

Terry has already engaged fourteen of the best turners in the UK.

And the best news is Conkers LIVE is absolutely free; there's no membership, no club to join and no fees whatsoever.

There are no fixed demo dates, each will be set independently. Emails will be sent to all those who have signed up for the Chestnut Product Woodturning Weekender and the Chestnut Products FaceBook group.

And understanding the Conkers Live demos may clash with many woodturning club nights, Terry is happy for any club to tag onto any Conkers live demo for their club night.

You can get more details here

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Up and Coming Live Remote demos


Some Up and Coming IRDs

Note: Martin Saban-Smith's demonstrations listed are to be provided through the new Woodturning 360 'club'. There are already in excess of 100 members of this club so it is highly likely that these demos will be extremely popular. It is not clear whether there will be a limit on the numbers who can join.

This list is not complete. There are so many pro turners doing Live demos across Zoom these days it is difficult to keep up with it.

If you have a favourite turner its worth looking at their Social Media pages or their website to see if they are doing such demos.

Many of these demos will have a cost (generally around £10 or $10) and a registration process so if you are interested follow the link to register. And they do get fully booked quite quickly.

And remember IRDs from the US might be at strange time due to the time difference. Make a note of the US time zone where the demo is based and covert the time to British Summer Time. And IRDS from Australia will be at even stranger times!!

It is also worth looking at the AWGB site. They are trying to run IRDS every second Sunday and do a couple of 'Meet the Turner Sessions each week. Initially these demos and chat sessions were free to all to view but now require registration and so might now be reserved for AWGB members.

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Martin Saban Smith will demonstrate via IRD.

Yet again as this is a shared demo with the Kennet Valley club it is being held on the normal Kennet Valley club night.

Currently there is nothing planned the normal BWA Club Night, the 18th of November

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Watch David Ellsworth turn a natural-edge bowl

David Ellsworth is probably one of the most famous woodturners of the generation. He has been an innovator in tool design with his signature Ellsworth Grind and all forms of hollowing.

This will be a very special demo, please take the opportunity to see a master at work.


David Ellsworth Live Demonstration

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David Ellsworth is an AAW founding member and was the first Honorary Lifetime Member. You’ll see green wood turning with an emphasis on the basics, from log to finished bowl, all from the keen perspective of a world-renowned woodturning master.

He will be doing a live demonstration as part of the American Association of Woodturners Masters Series

David will use the Ellsworth Signature Gouge to demonstrate:

  • Mounting and balancing a half-log on the lathe
  • Roughing, slicing, and backward shear-scraping cuts
  • Interior finishing cuts
  • Jam-chucking
  • Sharpening

More details are available on the AAW website here

A centralised list of IRDs is now available.

This on the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) website. It is largely focused on the AAW demonstrators though some UK turners, e.g. Paul Hanaby and Phil Irons who are members of AAW, have put their details forward.

These demos are likely to be charged for, generally this will be in the region of ten pounds or ten dollars. So you will need to register to see the demo, but watch out for the time difference.

AAW currently not accepting new notifications from demonstrators. Not sure why.

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BWA December Club Night

Typically we would hold a BWA Social Evening with a speed turning competition, some nibbles, the Keith Sherwood Trophy and the annual prize giving

This year we will run the Christmas Social Evening as a Zoom meeting.

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We will ask those 'attending' to dress up in a Christmas outfit, perhaps a Christmas jumper.

Members will be given a raffle number as they join the meeting. The draw will be made later in the evening.

We will run the Keith Sherwood Trophy on the night – members who enter will show their items on the night & use the zoom poll to vote.

We plan to have Christmas based demo, probably by Malcolm Cleaver.

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Axminster Skill Centre At Home

Twice Weekly Demos from Axminster.

The Axminster Skill Centre have been running a series of free, live demos through FaceBook on all forms of woodworking including woodturning.


Axminster Skill Centre At Home

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Colwin Way is the host for the woodturning demos. These are generally relatively quick, simple projects which will suit both beginners and more experienced turners. The previous demos are also available through YouTube. We have added a document which has links to the demos on YouTube

We have added a link to the FaceBook page in the Up and Coming Demos box further down the page. Colwin is one of the best woodturning instructors around - well worth a visit.

Competition Status


Totals Turner
1967Simon Armson
1030John French
2030Clive Rogerson
1020Leigh Pawson

There were no entries in the Beginners Section for the January 2020 Club Night

Competition Status


Totals Turner
85175Justyn Fowler
68127Trevor Doran
67127Richard Audsley
60108Malcolm Cleaver
3691Keith Mosley
723Colin Burge
15Viv Mitchell
88Chris Cox

Competition Status


Totals Turner
59127Jim Coombs
3979Harvey Grimwood
2653Stephen Evans
1727Charlie Hayes
10Peter Pearson

Competition Themes

JanSomething Old
FebSomething New
MarSomething Borrowed
AprSomething Blue
MaySomething Light
JunSomething Square
JulSomething Bright
AugSomething with Petals
SepSomething Holey
OctSomething with Metal
NovA Sum of the Parts
DecKeith Sherwood Comp