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BWA Competitions

Annual Competition

There are two main competitions run within Berkshire Woodturners.

The "Turner of the Year" and the "Keith Sherwood Trophy".

The rules for these two competitions are described below.

Additional Competitions

Additional competitions might be run as part of the Christmas Special or the Club Open Evening. These will generally be appropriately themed items which will be turned on the night generally against the clock. Judging is usually done by consensus among the members present.

Turner of the Year Rules

1. The competition is open to all members of the association.

2. There will be two categories in the competition:

    OPEN - this can be any item turned by the member.

    THEME - the committee will determine the themes for each month at the start of the year.

2017 beginners winner

3. The idea of the prescribed theme is to encourage members to try techniques, perhaps, outside their experience or comfort zone and thus improve their versatility.

4. The Open competition allows the member free rein to turn anything that takes their fancy, there is no restriction in terms of wood, shape, size or finish.

5. Only ONE item can be entered in EACH of the two categories. Any item submitted for a competition in either the theme or open categories cannot be entered again in any future competition apart from the Keith Sherwood trophy.

6. The membership is organised into three standards, Beginners, Advanced and Master. New members must provide evidence of their work (at least two items) to be inspected by a panel of committee members so that the appropriate entry level can be determined.

2017 Advanced Turner of the Year

7. Each competition category will be judged in these three standards.

8. An experienced member of the Association , selected from a panel of volunteers, will judge the competition.

9. Entries will be judged and awarded first, second, third, fourth or fifth places. If the standard of the entries are deemed not to warrant a first category the judges can issue a second or third place as felt appropriate. This will apply in particular for categories with only one or two entries.

10. Competition points will be allocated 10 for first, 9 for second, down to 6 for fifth place. All other entries will automatically receive 4 points.

11. There will be an annual Turner of the Year award. A trophy will be awarded to the member accruing the highest total number of points from BOTH the theme and open categories of the competitions. Some form of recognition for all top performers in the individual Theme categories will also be made.

12. The Turner of the Year will receive a small cash prize of value determined by the committee with regard to the current financial situation.

13. In the following January all Beginners, Advanced and Masters points will revert to zero.

2017 Masters Turner of the Year

14. At the end of the competition year advancement to the next skill category will be based on a competitors average points score for the themed category

15. The average points score for each competitor with six or more entries in the Themed Category will be calculated by dividing the points total by the total number of entries made.

16. Advancement from the Beginners Category to the Advanced Category will based on an average score of greater than 8 points.

17. Advancement from the Advanced Category to the Masters Category will based on an average score of equal to, or greater than 9 points.

18. In exceptional circumstances, eg a member joining late in the year, at the discretion of the BWA Committee, a competitor may be advanced if it is clear they could have met the criteria.

19. For the Masters category the theme points will be continually aggregated as a matter of interest only.

2017 Turner of the Year

Keith Sherwood Trophy Rules

1. The competition is open to all members of the Association.

2. There is only one winner and only one prize.

3. Members may enter any one item they have turned. This can include an item entered into the Turner of the Month Competition.

4. Each item entered will be displayed within its relevant skill category.

5. Entries will be judged by those members present. Each member, including those that have entered the competition, will have one vote in each category.

6. The votes will be weighted based on the number of entries in each category. Once the weighting has been taken into account, the Keith Sherwood Trophy will be awarded to the member who turned the item that achieved the most votes.

7. The preceding rules may be modified at any time at the discretion of the committee.

2017 Keith Sherwood Winner

2018 Competition Standings

Situation following the January Club Meeting

Note: Only those who have scored points are listed.


Totals TurnerJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNov
1020Leigh Pawson1010                    


Totals TurnerJan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov 
1010Malcolm Cleaver10                     
010Jack Johnson 10                    
99Viv Mitchell9                     
09Keith Mosley 9                    
88Colin Burge8                     


Totals TurnerJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNov
08Peter Osborn 8