At Berkshire Woodturners we invite professional woodturners to our club nights to show us the techniques, tools and processes they use to turn their work in the hope that some of their expertise will appeal to our members.
As well as the monthly demonstrations providing inspiration to our members, we encourage all our members of whatever turning standard to develop their turning skills through a regular monthly competition and bi-monthly turning workshops.
Berkshire Woodturners are very active in the local community delivering demonstrations at Craft Fairs and similar local events, We also hold free Taster Sessions so local non-turners can give woodturning a try without having to go to the expense of buying all of the necessary equipment.
Berkshire Woodturners have been invited to take part in the Meadow Quilter's Christmas Fair at Charvil Village Hall.
We will be selling various woodturning items, but not doing woodturning demonstrations. So if you have any turned items you would like to sell bring them along to the November Club Night. Please put a label on them with your name and the price you would like them to be sold for. Clearly Christmas themed items will probably sell well but any turned item might be submitted
The Christmas Fair is to raise funds for The Alexander Devine Hospice for Children which is situated in Maidenhead. BWA will be making a donation to the charity so all proceeds from the sale of the items will be given to those who submitted the item
The December Club Night is the BWA Christmas Social. This year we plan to revert to the way the social was run a few years ago and invite wives, husbands, partners and other associated "ne'er do wells" along to join in.
As with previous years we will run the Keith Sherwin Trophy so bring along your favourite piece turned this year. Remember members partners will be present and will have a vote in the competition, so an eye-catching piece might do well.
Based on the success of last years live turning competition we will be turning spinning tops on the club lathes. And the winner will be the top that spins the longest! So hunt out those spinning top designs that guarantee a long spin and practice the technique needed to get them spinning.
We will do the prize giving for the years competitions and the overall best turner so you might get your picture taken with the club president.
There will be the traditional Bran Tub, so bring along something to put in it as you can only dip your hand in if you have brought something along to go in the tub. The club will provide some wine and soft drinks. Please bring along something for everyone to eat. This might be sweet or savoury.
Our first demonstrator in 2019 will be Jenny Starbuck.
Jenny lives fairly close by and is the Secretary of the Surrey Association of Woodturners.
Jenny turns some delicate, beautifully decorated items and is always a joy to watch.
Stuart King, an old friend and regular visitor to Berkshire Woodturners was our demonstrator
Stuart had offered to turn a Wassail Cup, but didn't have a suitable large blank so initially he turned a surprise item. It turned out to be wand a la Harry Potter. To help reveal the surpise he got the help of Viv Mitchell. First of all she pulled out a 'pheonix feather' hidden in the handle and then Stuart tipped out a miniture goblet.
In the second half Stuart did turn a Wassail Cup out of a Boxwood blank. However it was only about two inches tall. A Wassail Cup is a covered goblet/bowl which has a second smaller lidded cup on its lid. The small cup Stuart turned was only a few milliimetres tall! They were used by the people who went 'wassailing'; a Christmas ritual done to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. Today's rough equivalent would be Carol singing. The main Wassail Cup was for the mulled cider and the smaller cup in the lid was for the spices. These Wassail Cups were quite large as they were a communial cup; all those taking part would drink from the same cup.
Richard Maynard, Rob Legge, Brian Attewell and Keith Mosley made the trip to Easher Common to collect an Oak tree bough which had fallen off a large Oak tree.
Due to the size of the branch we only managed to retrieve two of the large blocks and a reasonable number of the smaller branches. The chunk of wood Richard and Rob are measuring in the photo is only a branch of the tree!
The house shown in the background of the photo is reported to be where Gladstone kept his mistress. He lived next door.
We had an interesting trip home in the Friday rush-hour traffic. Get Brian to tell you the story.