west suffolk woodturning club logo Welcome to our club

We are a small and friendly club with a variety of members with very varied skills. Many of our members travel considerable distances to meet with us and most are very active turners.


We promote our club and woodturning at various events during the year.


Members can offer advice and tips and you can learn a lot from our demonstration evening, which showcase some of the top demonstrators available as well as our own members’ talents. We use a media projector to make sure that the action is viewed from several camera angles.


There is always a table for display of your latest creation at each meeting, also the occasional item turns up for sale. As part of your membership we can offer you a free personal gallery page on this website.


We also have a number of nights where traders may show  their wares and demonstrate their products.


We hold a club competition annually where we award the Club’s “Malcolm Fox Memorial Trophy” to the entry voted most popular by the members.


We take the privacy of our members data seriously and have a Privacy and Cookies Policy which can be viewed here.


   

  See the calendar page for all this years events.




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Upcoming  meetings and events:


17th June - Nikki Wheetman

‘Using resin with woodturning’


7 pm for 7:30 start at the Village Hall


Most meetings are almost back to normal following the Covid19 pandemic, however we still have some remaining precautions:  view here

Congratulations to Mick Favager winner of the 2023 Malcolm Fox Memorial Trophy winner, his stylised figure is shown right.


Second place went to Ian Cameron with his Angel and third place Martin Taylor’s nativity.


Click here to see the full report and pictures

Richard Court - Branchwood yew bowl

We encourage all members to bring items to meetings for display. See more in the main Gallery

2023 Malcolm Fox Memorial A-Z Safety Calendar 2024

Covid 19


The meeting hall and our events are now running fairly much as it was prior to the Covid outbreak. Although the memory of strict Covid 19 rules and precautions are now becoming a fading memory obviously we are very keen to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our meetings.


We have a number of older or vulnerable people who regularly attend our meetings and would ask members to apply the following conditions:


We would ask you not to attend if:








Some of our members still choose to wear a mask and this is perfectly acceptable.


Thank you

Change of meeting day


Please note our meeting day has changed to the third Monday of the month. This is so that our meetings do not coincide with another group that use the same venue.

The committee aims to meet several times a year to discuss new ideas, organise upcoming events and find ways to enhance the club.


We do however require further member help to achieve our events and goals, help is always appreciated at meetings to setup and clear down and at our special events.


If you have fresh ideas, organisational skills or are just enthusiastic about the club and woodturning in general then please feel free to ask any committee member for an informal chat, or better still just volunteer to join on the AGM night held annually in November.


Click here to view the 2023 AGM minutes.


The current Committee:

Stuart Clarke

:

Chairman


John Woods

:

Secretary


Pat Yates

:

Treasurer


Ian Cameron

:

Member


Martin Taylor

:

Member


Neil Robertson

:

Member, news & website


Tic Challis

:

Member


Peter Taylor Memorial competition


At the Multi-Turn evening we also held our competition in honour of our former member Peter Taylor.


The competition entries were based around ‘A Footed Item’ with a maximum diameter of approx.200 mm or 8". Qualifying entries could have been something like a Tazza, a footed bowl, or anything else with a defined foot, and it could be decorated if you wish.


1st place - Malcom Keer : Right

2nd place - Stuart Clarke : Below

3rd place - Ian Cameron  : Lower right

Club programme update


John Woods has confirmed that he has booked Colin Spencer for our September demo to complete this years programme. Colin will be demonstrating Ornamental turning.  Colin lives and works in Lincolnshire having previously lived in Orba on the Costa Blanca, Spain for 18 years.  It will be interesting to see what Colin has to show us and his take on turning.


One to pencil into your diary is the all-day demonstration on Saturday October 26th. This will be a repeat all-day demo with Colwin Way as it proved to be a very successful day last year.  You will need to book with our secretary (see details on calendar and info page) as there may be limited places, first booking priority will be for club members with any spare places offered to members of other local clubs nearer the date.


Calendar page - click here..

Weird and Wonderful Wood show - May 2024

The club had a very successful prescience at the recent show held at Haughley park near Stowmarket. There were many visitors to the club tent who saw live turning demonstrations and examples of our craft.  The tombola was very busy and fortunately we had enough prizes. We are grateful to all members who volunteered to set up and be present on the stand for both days of the weekend show. A full report and pictures should follow shortly.


Weird and Wonderful Wood website.- click here..

May meeting - with Tic Challis


Our own member, Tic Challis, gave a very entertaining and informative talk and demonstration where she described the techniques she uses to make her multi-media characters.  


Tic has a very creative and imaginative mind and often looks at a piece of timber and 'sees' what it wants to be turned into.  


She uses scraps of material, leather and recovered hardware to add features to her often simply turned shapes. The results are colourful playful and delightful individual pieces.


A full report is in the May newsletter - available by clicking here..

Next meeting - June 17th - Nikki Wheetman

The next meeting will be a demonstration by Nikki Wheetman.  


Nikki last visited our club in March 2023 and her demonstration is fully documented in the newsletter report, available from the West Suffolk Woodturning Website. Nikki is a member of the Diss Woodturning club and has developed a love of resin casting for decoration or saving and using pretty pieces of faulty timber that would otherwise not be able to be turned.


Nikki takes the use of resin further than just repairing and filling holes and faults as she often fully encases pieces under pressure and then turns them into spectacular objects. The meeting is for 7.30 pm start at the Village Hall.



Read all about Nikki’s demonstration at the WSWC from March 2023 - Click here