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


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BWA October Club Night

This is the BWA Annual General Meeting

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BWA July Club Night

The Annual General Meeting is a necessary evil required by the club constitution.

Please come along to hear how the club has performed over the past year and have your say on how it might be done better and make suggestions on what we can do to improve the way the club operates..

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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".


Competition Status

Beginners

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpBeginners
48113Trevor Doran
3976 Richard Audsley
1535 Bob Bayliss
834 Linda O'Reilly
1030 Matt Petch
2020 Les Alexander
918 Martin Hull
1018 Pete Watkins
9 Lee Forest

Competition Status

Advanced

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpAdvanced
2058Viv Mitchell
3049Malcolm Cleaver
1745Colin Burge
928Chris Cox
1727Barry Alder
926David Blundell
2020Justyn Fowler
10David Brownhill
10Roger Phebey
8Peter Rickards

Competition Status

Masters

Totals Turner
ThTh+OpMasters
2991Stephen Evans
69Peter Pearson
5978Charlie Hayes
4343Terry Stephens
2838Peter Osborn
1938Jim Coombs
10Richard Maynard
99Harvey Grimwood

Competition Themes

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

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Surrey Woodturners Association Open Day

Another one of the those traditional events BWA attends

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SAW Open Day

This is a great day out. Some professional turners - Colwyn Way will be there. A number of vendors selling tools, finishing materials and wood blanks.

And the annual Inter-Club Competition. And BWA will be there doing some demonstrations.

We have been steadily improving our position in the Inter-Club Competition. Could this be the year we get on the podium?

We need ten items turned by different BWA turners as entries to the competition. The BWA Committee will select what they consider to be the best items turned by BWA members during the year and approach the relevant member to ask if the item can be used in the competition.

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The BWA Competition Table at the 2018 SAW Open Day

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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

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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A date for the diary.

For the April Club Night we will be having a remote, live and inter-active demo by Cindy Drozda from her workshop in Boulder, Colorado

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Cindy Drozda

Cindy is one of the most in-demand turners in the USA. She is know all over the world for the spectactular boxes she turns and the finials that adorn them.

The plan is that Cindy will describe how she designs and then turns her finials.

The demonstration will be done live over the internet. As well as seeing what Cindy is doing, we will be able to talk to Cindy and ask questions

We will be using a system designed by Alan Zenreich for AAW.

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Cindy Drozda at the lathe.

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BWA Club Night

Our demonstrators were Pete and Mo Moncrieff-Jury. Pete turned a small hollow form just like the one in the picture and Mo described the way she uses Pyrography to enhance Pete's turning

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Pete and Mo Moncrieff-Jury were our demonstrators

Two two-handers in a row. Pete Moncreiff-Jury started by talking about his approach to turning while trying to make a living out of it. He says that wherever possible he tries to avoid using specialist tools.

He then proceeded to hollow out a small hollow form using just a Spindle Gouge and showed how he made a tool for sanding the insides using a twisted coat hanger.

After the break he talked about the advantages of working in partnership. Mo then talked us through the Pyrography tools she uses and the minimum set of tools required.

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Mo has heard it all before and the cartoon character behind is shocked at the revelation

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Pete Moncrieff-Jury's Top Tip

Pete showed how he had turned an attachment to go onto his 'ShopVac' to suck the shavings out of his hollow forms.

The attachment was a piece of 15mm diameter copper pipe epoxied into a piece of pine which had been shaped to slip into the 'ShopVac' pipe.

It makes sense to do it this way. Like many people I simply used an airline to 'blow' the shavings out, but this has the disadvantage of filling the area around the lathe with dust and shavings.

I have made myself a slightly different version using a discarded pipe which is slightly narrower than Pete's copper pipe. Note the piece of bicycle inner tube on the connection to improve the seal.

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A 'ShopVac' attachment for hollow forms.

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ToolPost Autumn Open House

Another trip to the ToolPost in Didcot to see some demonstrations. This time Glenn Lucas and Benoit Avery

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ToolPost Autumn Open House

A second open House at the ToolPost.

As always some excellent bargains and also some top notch demonstrators. Currently booked are Glenn Lucas and Benoit Avery

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"Black Fluted Wheels" by Benoit Avery

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Wokingham Medieval Market

A new event on the calendar. Organised by Wokingham Town Council to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Wokingham's Market Charter.

It was very, very hot!!! But a great day.

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Wokingham Medieval Market

BWA demonstrated all day long with loads of interest being shown. The children in particular seem fascinated by the lathe work being done.

As well as turning on a mini-lathe, to celebrate the medieval element of the market, we also tried out a Bodger's Pole Lathe. It did work after a fashion but I am not sure many of us will be giving up our powered lathes.

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The pictures shows Peter Brooks giving the Pole Lathe some 'welly'. (A technical term much used by Bodgers)