Herefordshire Woodturners was founded in October 2004 to create greater local awareness of the art of woodturning, to provide a meeting place to exchange ideas and views and to promote the art of woodturning to the general public. The club is affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).
Our membership is made up of people of all ages and from many walks of life which makes for a friendly club of around 50 people. We meet on the last Thursday of each month (except December) from 7:30 – 10pm and have recently moved to a new location.
We are always looking to enhance our knowledge and skills and readily welcome interest from potential members, whether experienced or beginner. Visitors (subject to a small attendance fee), are welcome to attend up to three meetings before committing themselves to a membership application. Membership is FREE to those under the age of 18.
We run an active meetings programme throughout the year, alternating between demonstrations by visiting professional turners and practical ‘Club’ evenings. The club has excellent audio-visual equipment that provides enhanced, close-up views of demonstrators at work.
On ‘Club’ evenings members share their knowledge and experience on topics such as chucking, finishing, tool sharpening etc. and are also encouraged to turn a project, either individually or as part of a group using club lathes and equipment. Refreshments are served and a raffle is drawn, with prizes provided by the members, to supplement our Club funds.
A prize competition is held on a regular basis with members being encouraged to enter turnings based on a pre-published list of topics. In addition to competitions members bring examples of their recent work to the club to share their experience and examples can be found in the gallery element of this website.
The club also organises all day demonstrations by highly skilled woodturners in addition to our normal evenings. The aim is to allow members and visitors to gain ideas, information and experience from these top names, in the design, production and finishing of projects.