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


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BWA November Club Night

Our demonstrator will be Les Thorne - an old friend and a fantastic turner and demonstrator

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Les Thorne will be our demonstrator

Les has been coming to BWA for more years than any of us can care to remember. And every time he comes he finds something new to show us.

Les has been involved with wood in some form for most of his adult life. He has been on the Register of Professional Turners since 2001 and works as a professional turner out of his workshop in Old Arlesford in Hampshire

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Les also sells tools and DVDs through his website "No Turning Back".


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BWA Christmas Social

A chance to get together have some eats and a drink or two.

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The BWA Christmas Social

We will run the Keith Sherwood Trophy. Bring along the piece you have turned during the year which you believe will most impress the BWA members and their partners. Everybody gets three votes, we count them up, do a little bit of maths to weight things a little and then present the trophy to the winner.

We will present trophies and prizes to the 2019 competition winners, including the 2019 Turner of the year.

There will be a turning competition. We will have the club lathes and some suitable blanks so everyone will get the chance to enter.

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Harvey Grimwood being presented with the 2018 Keith Sherwood Trophy.


Competition Status

Beginners

Totals Turner
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57130Trevor Doran
4996 Richard Audsley
2251 Bob Bayliss
1750 Linda O'Reilly
2330 George Creber
1030 Matt Petch
1625 Martin Hull
2020 Les Alexander
1018 Pete Watkins
9 Lee Forest

Competition Status

Advanced

Totals Turner
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3876Malcolm Cleaver
2460Colin Burge
2058Viv Mitchell
1948Chris Cox
2929Justyn Fowler
1727Barry Alder
926David Blundell
10David Brownhill
10Roger Phebey
8Peter Rickards

Competition Status

Masters

Totals Turner
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37108Stephen Evans
69Peter Pearson
6998Charlie Hayes
3848Peter Osborn
4343Terry Stephens
1938Jim Coombs
10Richard Maynard
99Harvey Grimwood

Competition Themes

DateTheme
SepPiece of Fruit
OctPlain Bowl
NovChristmas Ornament
DecKeith Sherwood Comp
2020Happy New Year!!
JanSomething Old
FebSomething New
MarSomething Borrowed
AprSomething Blue
MaySomething Light
JunSomething Square
JulSomething Bright
AugSomething with Petals

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84th Reading Scouts

BWA visiting 84th Reading Scouts for an evening of woodturning

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84th Reading Scouts Turn Some Key Rings

BWA had previously visited the 84th Reading Scouts based in Earley and turned some mushrooms. This time, based on a suggestion by Colin Burge we decided to turn some key rings.

The evening went extremely well. It was a little manic turning 24 keyrings in two hours, but the Scouts seemed to enjoy the evening immensely and went away with a key ring each. And they were all different! We expected them to turn a simple shape but they came up with some interesting designs.

Many thanks to the BWA team of Viv Mitchell, Shirley Hays, Linde O'Reilly, Colin Burge, Chris Cox, Matt Petch, Terry Stephens and Keith Mosley who were joined by the BWA President and Chairman, Brian Attewell.

Special thanks to Colin Burge who obtained the key ring kits and prepared the blanks ready for turning

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The Scouts and their leaders with the key rings they turned.

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Worshipful Company of Turners - Red Cross Christmas Market

The WCT are appealing for turned items to be donated for their Red Cross sale.

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2019 Red Cross Christmas Market

The Worshipful Company of Turners will again be displaying turned items for sale as part of the Red Cross Christmas Market, at The Guildhall in London on 25/26 November 2019.

At the last fair in 2017, helped by the generosity of many professional and hobby turners, the Company raised over £4,000 for the British Red Cross.

If you have a turned item that you would like to donate for this sale in support of the British Red Cross please deliver your item by post to the clerk, The Worshipful Company of Turners, Skinners' Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2SP before Wednesday 20th November.

If you would like to go along the 'Market Day' is Tuesday 26 November between 10:30 and 20:00 at the London Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH.

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Some of the items sold at the 2017 WCT Red cross Sale

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Northern Woodworking and Power Tool Show, Harrogate

The biggest woodworking and power tool show in the country.

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Northern Woodworking Show

Not only is it the biggest show of its kind with lots of end of season bargains, it also takes place in Harrogate, one of the prettiest cities in the country and home to Betty's, an old fashioned coffee shop. What's not to like about waitress service, good coffee and fabulous cakes and pastries.

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It's worth going to Harrogate just to go to Betty's and be spoilt.


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Surrey Association of Woodturners Open Day

BWA won the Inter-Club Competition!!!

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This was a stunning victory

We have been entering the SAW Inter-Club competition for a number of years, but neve done better than getting 'Highly Commended'.

The aspiration was to get onto the podium. Third would have been a great result, but to come top of the pile is a superb achievement.

There are generally 7 or 8 clubs taking part. Middlesex, Forest of Bere and SAW themselves are much larger clubs. Forest of Bere have won the competition a number of times over recent years.

A special well done the ten BWA Turners whose work so impressed the judges; Rob Legge, Chris Cox, Peter Pearson, Charlie Hayes, Justyn Fowler , Harvey Grimwood, Peter Osborn, Roger Phebey, Viv Mitchell, Malcolm Cleaver

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So next year we need to do it again!

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Wokingham Men's Shed

The recently formed Wokingham Men's Shed will formally open on Tuesday 3rd December

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Wokingham Men's Shed

The Wokingham Men's Shed group have now had planning permission to adapt the Latimer Road Pavilion for their use. Work is currently being done to make the facility more appropriate for woodworking.

Check out their website for more details

They have already had a lathe donated and it is likely BWA will donate a second lathe collected from Brian Wilson workshop. So it is likely we will forge close ties with this Men's Shed to provide guidance and tuition on the woodturning side of things.

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The New Wokingham Men's Shed

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Meadow Quilters Christmas Fayre

Held at Charvil Village Hall,this is a small, local craft fair selling Christmas themed items.

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Meadow Quilters Christmas Fayre

This is a straightforward craft fair so there will be no demonstration.

We will sell items on behalf of BWA members, so if you have some Christmas flavoured items you would like sold at the fair, please let us know.

We will also need some volunteers to help run the BWA stall.

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The BWA stand at last years event.