The main aims and objectives of  

  

The club's aims and objectives

 

a.          To encourage an enjoyment of the process of woodturning which promotes increasing skill and design awareness.

b.   To promote and foster a greater public awareness of the woodturner's art and craft.

c.    To encourage communication and an exchange of views between woodturners.

d.    To make others aware of the woodturner's work and needs.

e.     To operate as a non-profit making organization.  

f.      Become a member of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain

As a member of Plymouth Woodturners you can obtain discounts at certain local suppliers.  

Plymouth Woodturners was formed on 15' July 1999 and is affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), a national organization which promotes all aspects of the art and craft of woodturning. All members of Plymouth Woodturners are also members of AWGB. The club members are people who come from all walks of life brought together by a common enthusiasm for wood and woodturning. Some members have been turning wood for a short time, others for many years, but we all have new skills to learn.

If you have never turned wood, you should try it! It is extremely satisfying, despite the occasional frustration. Forming a shapeless lump of wood into a thing of beauty; working with hands, eyes and brain; devising shapes; actually producing something you can cherish, use, give away or sell. It is one of the most gratifying activities there is....

Our monthly meetings alternate between quar­terly business meetings and demonstration / educational evenings. We have a management committee of members and try to keep the business dealt with at the general meetings to the minimum necessary for the smooth running of the club. Even at our business meetings we usually find time for a club member to demonstrate some aspect of turning.

We encourage members to participate in decisions, after all it is their club.  

We also encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques between members as in this way we can all improve our skills and knowledge.  

In addition to our monthly meetings the club organises a number of exhibitions and sales of member's work each year. Also we have had a "stand" at a number of local village fayres, church fetes and charity events where we demonstrate the craft of woodturning. At all these events there is a wide variety of turned items for sale by individual members. Items range from large to small, from the rare and exotic to the common timbers, from difficult to make to the less complicated, from expensive to inexpensive. Each item is hand made and unique.

The club always tries to give some financial support to local charities through these events.

The club has it's own lathe for use by members at club events. We also have libraries for members to borrow videos and books for a small monthly charge.

We hold a competition each month to make a specific item. Participation is voluntary and en­tries are judged by the members. This is a fun way to improve our skills, there are always lots of questions along the lines of "how did you do that?"

If you would like to join the club or just want to have a "quick look" before you make up your mind contact our secretary Richard on 01752 778671 who will give you details of our next meeting. If having come to our meeting you are still not sure whether woodturning is for you why not ask about our "loan a lathe" scheme.

Events already held include:­

Demonstrations on woodturning and other techniques by -   

TOBIAS KAYE

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woodturner  
NICK AGAR - woodturner
ROGER GUBBIN WOODTURNER
DAVE REGISTER - woodturner
BOB NEILL - pyrographer
LES THORN - WOODTURNER
GARY RANCE - WOODTURNER

Self- help clinics on –

WOODTURNING TECHNIQUES    TOOL SHARPENING   GADGETS AND GIZMOS

Organised trips to woodturning and machinery shows.