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

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NOt quite sure how BWA has upset Boris but the change in the Covid rules was clearly designed to thwart us meeting on 16th September at Priestwood.

So we are suggesting club members take the opportunity to look at the Pat Carroll demo organised by Terry Smarts 'Conkers Group'.

You should have recieved an email with the details from the secretary and there are details of the demo in a panel further down this page.

Congratulations are due to Justyn Fowler. As a result iof the August competition Justyn has attained 76 points in the themed competition category and thus is eligible for advancement to the Masters group.

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BWA September Club Night

At last, we are back to Priestwood!

No demo, just social event, getting back together for a bit of a chinwag with old friends that we haven’t seen for a long time, and to help us all get used the the new social distancing rules.


BWA September Club Night

We must wear a mask, use the hand sanitizer and be 'socially distanced' in the hall.

We will not be able to use the kitchen so please take along your own refreshments.

Be aware the entrance to the Centre will be through the Fire Exit at the rear of the building.

We will be holding the competition, so please bring along your competition items. The theme is something holey, i.e with holes, not something religious!!

For anyone who wishes to enter the competition, but cannot come to the hall, we will arrange collection of your items.

We are limited to 25 people at the moment, so if you plan to come please let Shirley know. It will be run on a first come, first served basis.

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Chris Fisher - The Blind Woodturner will demonstrate

This will be a shared demo with the Kennet Valley club and held on the normal Kennet Valley club night.

And for those with a fascination with horror films Chris's story features a Vampire Stake!


Chris Fisher - The Blind Woodturner

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What a story. Chris wasn’t born blind – toxoplasmosis struck in 2008. And he wasn't a woodturners before that.

And there can't be many woodturners who can say they became a woodturner because they wanted a Vampire Stake. But that is Chris's story.

Chris decided he wanted to make his own Vampire Stake and after 'hearing' people woodturning on YouTube set about learning how to turn.

And now he is able to demonstrate woodturning! Chris is also an inspiration and mentor to others who suffer a life changing disability.

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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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Woodturners Worldwide Online Symposium

An on-line woodturning seminar with numerous pro woodturners demonstrating, plus one or two club woodturners doing short demos.

This is presented by the "Woodturners Woldwide" FaceBook Group run by Matthew Deghton.


Yet more on-line demonstration content.

This provided by yet another 'virtual woodturning club' the Woodturners Worldwide Facebook Group.

While termed Worldwide, it is esentially for those in the USA. Depending on which set of details you view it either finishes at one AM or three AM UK time.

But there appears to be a good mix of demonstrators; some good pro demonstrators and some club turners doing short directed demos.

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There will also be a virtual 'Vendors Hall' with various companies showing their product and offering discounts.

Full details are available on the seminar web site:

There is a discount available through Woodturning Magazine

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Pat Carroll will demonstrate

This is a follow up to the Chestnut Products Woodturning Weekender.

There will be a series of live demonstrations on YouTube.

The club is suggesting members watch this demo as an alternative to the cancelled September Club Night.


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

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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Two old friends of BWA, Les Thorne and Martin Saban Smith open a new woodturning shop


The Woodturning Shop

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Two woodturners who have been regular demonstrators at BWA, Les Thorne and Martin Saban Smith, have joined forces to open 'The Woodturning Shop'. The shop and 'learning centre' is based in a same Garden centre in Four Marks, Hampshire, where Martin's Hampshire Sheen Company is based.

It opens on 18th August and currently features some of Les and Martin's favorite products from across the industry from some of the best known companies. This range will grow with the business to bring customers a collection of tried and tested products.

There are learning opportunities too. Both Les and Martin will be available to book for group and 1-1 teaching in a professional workshop environment.

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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
1020Leigh Pawson
1010Clive Rogerson

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

Competition Status


Totals Turner
76157Justyn Fowler
60110Trevor Doran
58109Richard Audsley
5098Malcolm Cleaver
3671Keith Mosley
723Colin Burge
15Viv Mitchell
88Chris Cox

Competition Status


Totals Turner
50109Jim Coombs
2969Harvey Grimwood
2653Stephen Evans
1717Charlie 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