Herefordshire Woodturners was formed in October 2004 to create a forum for 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).
We have ladies, gentlemen and some youths amongst our club members which make a friendly club of around 35 members. We meet on the last Thursday of each month (except December) from 19.00hrs – 22.00hrs and have recently moved to a new location, within Hereford City, where we are sharing a local Scout Hall.
We are always looking to enhance our knowledge and skills and readily welcome interest from potential members, whether experienced or beginner. Visitors (subject to an 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 on 1st January.
We run an active meetings programme throughout the year, alternating between demonstrations by visiting professional turners and practical ‘Club’ evenings. During the latter members share their knowledge and experience on practical topics such as chucking, finishing, tool sharpening. Members are 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.
An alternate monthly prize competition is held. Members are encourage to enter turnings based on a pre-published list of topics. The competition is divided into classes of novice and experienced turners.
The club intends organising some ‘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.
The club has some audio-visual equipment that provides enhanced, close-up views of demonstrators at work. This equipment is now being reviewed and a ‘lottery grant’ application has been submitted to improve and maximise audience experience.
(Where you will find further information on the every day running of the Club. )