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BWA Club Night Schedule

All Club Night events will be held at Priestwood Community Centre

See the separate list below for external BWA events

16 September 2018 BWA Summer Workshop - Rob Legge's Workshop Turning Boxes
19 September 2018 Richard Maynard A Pair of Candlesticks
14 October 2018 BWA Summer Workshop - Rob Legge's Workshop Turning Bowls (Topics TBC)
17 October 2018 Annual General Meeting A Jack-O'Lantern (it doesn't have to be a face!)
21 November 2018 Stuart King A Trophy
19 December 2018 Christmas Social Evening Keith Sherwood Competition
16 January 2019 Jennie Starbuck A Decorated Platter
20 February 2019 TBD Salt Pot and Spoon
20 March 2019 Open Evening A Hollow Form
17 April 2019 Steve Heeley An Item with one or more Captive Rings
15 May 2019 Club Turner A Lidded Box with a Finial
19 June 2019 BWA Auction Night A Tall Goblet (stem to be at least twice as long as the bowl)

Note: One of the problems with booking demonstrator so far in advance is that other committments can crop up. Now, I am slightly confused as to why someone would prefer an all expenses paid trip in to North Carolina for the AAW Symposium rather than coming to BWA in Bracknell, but we have had a couple of 'latish' withdrawls, which will need to be resolved. The most pressing is for the February Club Night.



BWA External Event Schedule

10/1 May 2019 Woodworks@Daventry Daventry Leisure Centre, Daventry
11/12 May 2019 Makers Central NEC Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
May 2019 - exact date TBC Bracknell Town Council Spring Event Jocks Lane Park, Bracknell
June 2019 - exact date TBC Toolpost Open Day Toolpost, Didcot
June 2019 - exact date TBC Hurst Show and Country Fair Hurst Village
11/14 July 2019 American Association of Woodturners (AAW) 2019 Symposium Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
20/21 July 2019 UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium Coventry
3/4 August 2019 Woodturning Weekender Spalding Lincolnshire
23-26 August 2019 Henley Country Craft Fair (Note: Yet another name change!) Stonor Park, Stonor near Henley
6/7 September 2019 Yandles Woodworking Show Martock, Somerset, TA12 6JU
October 2019 - exact date TBC Kempton Park Tool Show (D&M Tools) Kempton Park, Surrey
27 October 2019 Surrey Woodturners Association Open Day The Mychett Centre, Mychett




BWA Club Nights

Wednesday Club Nights

Generally the club night will be based around a turning demonstration. BWA will invite a professional turner to visit the club and show the members how to turn a particular item, demonstrate the use of a particular tool or turning technique.

Interspersed in the demonstrations are special events; an Open Evening ; an Auction; the Annual General Meeting; the Christmas Special.

In 2018, BWA will be running three additional Club Evenings at Priestwood Community Centre. These will be Drop-In Workshops. The club lathes will be on hand. The intent is to allow BWA Club members to bring along problem pieces to get some guidance from more experienced turners, to try out new equipment and potentially have some beginners Training Sessions and Taster Sessions.

The Open Evening

This evening is a general social evening to give members a chance to chat and get to know each other. Each of the four club lathes will be in use for brief demonstrations by club members of a particular technique or tool, or finishing method. Some members will bring along their sharpening systems to provide guidance on sharpening tools.

The Annual General Meeting

On this evening the BWA management Committe will report the previous years activities, provide a set of accounts for the year and outline a plan for the following year. Officers will be elected to the committee and the members attending will be given an opportunity to comment on the previous years perfromance and make recommendations for the upcoming year.

2016 Auction Night

The Auction

On this evening clubs funds will be boosted by selling timber blanks, tools, video and books. The timber blanks, generally from native British trees, are collected by club volunteers during the year and auctioned at very reasonable prices. This is a good opportunity to obtain some interesting timber at prices far cheaper than will be seen at any commercial outlet. Association members are also invited to sell any unwanted tools; a small percentage of the money received will go towards club funds. The videos and books sold are generally from the clubs loan stock.

The Christmas Special

Another social evening with a glass of wine and some nibbles. The evening will include a raffle, a hands-on turning competition to turn a Christmas Bauble, a Secret-Santa bran-tub and the Association prize giving. The monthly competition will be a special competition for the Sherwood Trophy (see the competions page for details)

BWA Workshop


Hands-On Workshop Sessions

These are held roughly every two months through-out the year. They are full day events, generally at the weekend, held either held at a members workshop or at Priestwood Community Centre.

They are generally based on a particular turning technique, eg bowl turning, box turning or spindle turning. The club provides the lathes, mentoring from some of the more experienced turners and lots of coffee. The attendees provide the wood, the tools and the enthusiasm. A small charge is levied to cover any costs

Jack Johnson's timber


External Events


BWA is becoming more involved in providing demonstrations with the intent of both promoting woodturning and attracting new members.

We have been providing demonstrations to local groups including the Women's Institute, The Scouts. We have also attended local Craft Fairs, Garden Centres and Vilage Fetes.

The events are supported by club members who will provide the demonstration using the club lathes.

Mark Hancock and the Goblet he turned


BWA Wood Collection

BWA often get offers to harvest timber which can be used for woodturning. This might vary from small lengths of timber cut down in a local garden, to large trees.

BWA has a number of members experienced in using chain saws and associated equipment. Where necessary, a small work party will be organised to collect and process the timber. The timber will then be sold to club members, generally through the BWA Auction in June.

Jack Johnson's timber


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