Club Membership

Do you have a current interest in woodturning,

or would like to give it a try?

Have you inherited a lathe from a relative/friend,

or purchased a lathe and would like to learn how

to apply turning techniques properly and safely?

We have a purpose fitted workshop, including 14 lathes, tools, safety equipment, as well as a wealth of Woodturning expertise.

Join us for Woodturning in a friendly social environment.   We are happy to cater for absolute beginners thru to experienced Woodturners.   Open to men and women of all ages.

The Club operates weekly throughout the year at the current times:

  1.     Tuesdays:      9:00am - 3:30pm    (bring your own lunch; tea

  2.                                                           and coffee available)

  3.     Wednesdays:  6:00pm - 9:00pm    (tea and coffee available)

  4.     Thursdays:     6:00pm - 9:00pm    (tea and coffee available)

We can offer you:

  1.     Introduction to Lathes and Chisels and their correct use.

  2.     Instruction on the safe use of other equipment (incl. bandsaws,

  3.        grinding wheels, drill press, electric sanders, power sanding).

  4.     Full access to the workshop, during opening hours.

  5.     Tuition on a structured and staged mentoring system from

  6.        experienced turners.

  7.     Guidance on wood finishes and polishing procedures.

  8.     Supply of a variety of wood blanks - ready for Woodturning

  9.        (costs may apply).

  10.     Advice on safety precautions, including use of associated

  11.        equipment (dust collector, room air filters, ear muffs, face

  12.        masks, respirators).

  13.     Support and discounts from suppliers.

  14.     Weekly bulletin, and use of the club’s library.

  15.     Friendly & supportive club members - always happy to assist and

  16.        share experiences.

  17.     Periodic demonstrations from visiting, professional Woodturners.

  18.        (fees may apply).

If you are considering woodturning as a new hobby, then we can offer you a free trial.   This will give you a chance to meet existing club members.   During the trial we will show you the basic operation of a lathe, and how to set-up a wood blank for turning.   You will then be shown how to use one of the chisels to shape the wood.   You will have the opportunity to do this yourself under the watchful eye and guidance of our Tutor, Clive.

Just contact either Clive (our Tutor) or Murray (Membership Officer) to arrange a suitable day for your trial.  Contact Details

For those of you who already have some wood turning experience, or have completed a trial and wish to become a member of our club, then please download the following form and either send it to us, or bring it with you when you next visit the club.

Application form

[Note:  attendance at any given session can fluctuate during the year - due to other commitments, holidays, illness, etc.   Access to a session does depend on the availability of one of our 13 lathes.]


New Members

New members will be guided through a 10-session induction programme by the Club’s tutor, where you will learn how to correctly and safely use the woodturning equipment.   This programme is designed to gradually build up new skills as you progress from session to session (see below for details of the programme).

Wood blanks, and consumables (e.g. finishing waxes, sandpaper) will be provided by the Club, during the induction programme.

Once you have successfully completed the induction programme, it is hoped that you are enjoying woodturning and are keen to apply your newly acquired skills.   At this stage you will need to make a moderate  investment in your new hobby by purchasing a basic toolbox and your own consumables.   The Club’s weekly bulletin (called the Tutor’s Tutorial, TT) is available providing a wealth of good advice to our members.   Past TTs can be referenced from a section of this web-site.   You will find that TTs are available giving suggestions on the content of your basic toolbox (e.g. TT13 2017).

Although each lathe comes equipped with a basic set of woodturning equipment, it is anticipated that you will also want to invest in some of your own gear, such as:

  1.     safety gear (coverall, goggles, dusk mask)

  2.     chisels (e.g. tungsten-carbide tipped)

  3.     chuck and jaws - enables you to leave a workpiece attached to

  4.         the chuck (to avoid problems re-refitting between sessions)

  5.     faceplate - enables you to leave a workpiece attached to

  6.         the faceplate (to avoid problems re-fitting between sessions)

A number of project workbooks are available (these can be purchased at a small cost) - these will guide you through the steps necessary to complete a specific turned item (refer to Library section of this web-site for a list of topics).


New Turner Induction Programme

- Session One -

Introduction to basic skills using a variety of tools.

Primarily an introduction and practice session.

  1. BulletRisk factors and personal safety:

  2. Bulletconcentrate - prevent accidents

  3. Bulletgoggles - protect eyes from flying debris

  4. Bulletdust mask - prevent inhalation of toxic dust

  5. Bulletear muffs - protect ears from excessive noise

  6. Bulletclothing - suitable for use with moving machinery

  7. Bulletequipment - proper use of well-maintained machinery and tools

  8. Bulletclean workplace at end of each session - to reduce risk of fire hazard

  9. Bulletsafe disposal of oily rags - to avoid risk of self-combustion

  10. Bulletfirst aid box

  11. Bulletfire extinguisher

  12. BulletHealth and Safety policy

  13. BulletIntroduction to the lathe

  14. BulletLathe alignment

  15. BulletPractice with the roughing gouge

  16. BulletPractice with the 10/13mm bowl gouge

  17. BulletTurning a square section into a round

  18. BulletCreating a spigot for a 35mm-jawed chuck

  19. BulletCreating a spigot for a 25mm brass ferrule

  20. BulletCreating decorative lines for burning

- Session Two -

A notebook idea.
Create a journal of your woodturning activity.
Record aspects of ideas you find useful during each session.

  1. BulletUsing the roughing gouge to turn a square section into a round

  2. Bullet28mm spigot at one end

  3. BulletSketch plan the knockout bar tool handle

  4. BulletFitting the spigot to the 35mm chuck

  5. BulletCreate a spigot to fit a brass ferrule at the other end of the round

  6. BulletShaping the handle

  7. BulletDrilling a 10mm hole 65mm deep in the handle

  8. BulletSanding to a smooth finish

  9. BulletIntroduction to EEE – application to the handle, (masking tape !!) then polish

  10. BulletHow to part off using the parting tool

  11. BulletCleaning up the part-off cut surface

  12. BulletFitting the metal bar to the handle

  13. BulletIntroduction to the Beale polishing system

             TOOLS to be used during this session:

  1. (1)  the roughing gouge

  2. (2)  10 and 13mm bowl gouges

  3. (3)  the scraper

  4. (4)  the parting tool

  5. (5)  Jacob’s chuck

- Session Three -

NOTE: Many of the procedures and tool skills

for this project will have been covered in session two.

  1. Bullet  Tool sharpening training commences

  2. Bullet  Band saw training commences

  3. Bullet  Projects - BUD VASE (one small and one larger)

  4. BulletSkill work : Creating the classic “S” shaped flowing lines (models provided)

- Session Four -

This project involves turning a slightly longer

square-section length into a round before the shaping begins.

  1. BulletTool sharpening training continues

  2. BulletBand saw training continues

  3. BulletProject - a DIBBER

  4. BulletIntroduction to use of mini tools to create special effects on the handle grip.

  5. BulletEEE and the Beale polishing system training revised

- Session Five -

This project involves turning a square- section

length into a round then creating a 28mm spigot

at both ends BEFORE the project shaping begins.

  1. BulletProject: PAPER POTS MAKER

  2. BulletTool sharpening training continues

  3. BulletBand saw training continues

  4. BulletProject will be created from a set of models with a minimum of direction from the tutor.

- Session Six -

This project will be based on the turner’s individual

preference. The project chosen should involve a

mix of any of the skills covered to date.

  1. BulletFREE CHOICE project

- Session Seven -

  1. BulletProject: Turning a SMALL BOWL

  2. BulletFinding the centre of a rough cut round using a centre finder

  3. BulletFitting a face plate

  4. BulletFace plate (bowl) turning

  5. BulletExternal and internal spigot making

  6. BulletPower sanding techniques

- Session Eight -

This project will involve further face plate turning for BOWL making.

Enhancement work may involve the use of a Dremel tool or a pyrographic burner tool.

  1. BulletProject: BOWL TURNING continued

- Session Nine -

In this session you will complete a 7mm Slimline pen.

Select the wood of your choice and, using the band saw,

cut a 18- 22mm square section length about 130mm long.

  1. BulletProject: PENMAKING

- Session Ten -

  1. BulletProject: Another free choice activity to consolidate the skills covered to date