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:


19th February 2024  - Demonstration with Darren Breeze

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

Malcolm Keer - Bowl in spalted ash

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


Texturing demonstrations and talks - part two - 18th December 2023


The last meeting was the second part of our texturing talks. Ian Cameron s section was an illustrated Powerpoint presentation of texturing which included material and design considerations.  He also covered the practical application of decorative indentation markings and built up external decorative methods. Mike Charnley talked about piercing and carving with some tool demonstrations. Finally, Tic Challis presented the methods used when pyro-engraving. A full report is within the newsletter.


December newsletter -  Click here.

Malcolm Fox Trophy Competition - 20th November 2023


There were six entries in this years competition, all of a high standard as usual. The subject was a stylized figurine.


The full report is in the November newsletter - click here.

Annual General Meeting - 20th November 2023


The recent AGM was well attended resulting in a good meeting, several business items were discussed including a few changes.  


Our new chairman is Stewart Clark who was nominated and voted in by the floor. Tic Challis had held office for many years and a vote of thanks was recorded for her service.  Tic will remain on the committee.  Otherwise, the committee remained the same.


Next year's Peter Taylor memorial competition will be to make a bowl on stand up to 8 inches approx. 20.3cm.


The Malcom Fox trophy will be item that has a silver element to it.  This is a nod to the celebrations we hope to have next year as 25th anniversary of the club's formation. The full AGM report is available to download from the link in the Committee news on the front page of the website.


The full AGM minutes can be downloaded -  Click here.

First place was this African inspired figurine made by Mick Favager. It is approximately ten inches, or 25cm high.  


The 'load' the figurine is carrying on her head is made of laminated and coloured plywood.

Second place went to Ian Cameron for his delightful Angel, approximately 8 inches, or 20cm tall.


The wings are a made from a turned shallow dish.

Third place went to Martin Taylor with his large nativity group. The figures are approximately 5 to 6 inches tall, or 12 to 15cm.


Beautifully coloured and well thought out with good shape, execution and finish. It makes an impressive statement typical of Martin's take on figures that we have seen in the past.

19th February 2024 will be a demonstration by Darren Breeze


This will be a visit by our club regular demonstrator, registered professional turner, Darren Breeze.


The meeting is 7pm for 7:30 start at the village hall.


Darren last demonstrated to the club in February 2022 when he turned and decorated an impressive 'sunburst' bowl using many interesting painting techniques.  


The write up of the presentation is available in our newsletters archive within the Newsletters 2022 section.- click here..

Our 15th January meeting was a demonstration by Mick Favager


The first meeting of the year was on a bitterly cold evening. Mick Favager was our demonstrator who took pleasure in making two very intriguing items. The first was a cascading 'reverse' incense burner and second a musical instrument.


It was a very good and entertaining demonstration and Mick also showed a working laser engraver and cutter which produced a dragon artwork on wood. There is a full report in this months newsletter.


Read the January newsletter here..