Welcome to Bodmin & District Woodturners Cornwall

The Oasis Room, Lostwithiel Community Center, Pleyber, Christ Way, Lostwithiel Pl22 0HE

New Members
Welcome to Bodmin & District Woodturners. This page is to provide you with information that will help you get the most from your membership.
How To Join
If you would like to join please come along to one of our meetings, or contact one of the committee members by email which can be found on the contact page.
Joining fee for one year is £65.00, (Club Fee £47.00, AWGB Fee £18.00). This is Reviewed each year at the AGM.
Learn To Turn
As well as laying on a series of demonstrations and other events to instruct and entertain our members, we run what is called a Foundation Course which is based on the one which the AWGB runs. Click here for more details. As well as this, we usually run a full day hands-on master class with a professional turner. As if that is not enough, we also have a mentor scheme where you can develop your skills at your own pace with the help of an experienced turner. Items from wood provided.

Don't forget to check the members' pages for the Shop, Ideas & References

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Last night the club took delivery of a brand new demonstration lathe - a Record Power Coronet Envoy. Before the meeting a hard working team of enthusiasts assembled the lathe and the club was proud to have our Honorary President Colin Simpson present to christen the lathe with a fascinating presentation and demonstration which covered both the conversion process of wood from log to turning blank and also a comprehensive expose of why catches happen and the correct way to present each tool and progress each type of cut to avoid such things happening. It was great to see the new lathe in action and we all learned many useful tips from Colin's talk.

Hard At Work

The Master at Work

The New Lathe

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May Competition - A Three Legged Stool

1st Richard Wellborne

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Steve Bolton

2nd Jonathan Quelch

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Rodney March

3rd Tony Richardson

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Chris Long

Novice Competition

1st John Hamblin

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Alison Taylor

2nd David Barnett

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Marion Peters

3rd Terry Middleton

We are proud to announce that on Saturday four members of the club successfully completed their tutor assessment and have now qualified as AWGB Approved Tutors. The successful members were :-

Alan Jevons
Rodney March
Tom Bevan
Clive Casling

Well done to all of them. This now means the club is blessed with a total of nine AWGB Approved Tutors - 25% of the total membership. This puts the club in a very strong position to promote the craft of woodturning to its members and to other interested parties, as per its stated purpose as a charity. Congratulations to all involved. Also, many thanks to our AWGB Representative Mark Beckett for coming along and carrying out the assessments.

Alan Jevons

Clive Casling

Rodney March

Tom Bevan

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Demonstration by Mike Mansfield (3 legged stool)

Last night the club were treated to a fascinating demonstration of various aspects of the art of making a three legged stool. Mike Mansfield, a furniture maker as well as a turner shared his experience and expertise in the variety of methods that can be employed and the members are now challenged to make their own stool for next month's competition. Many thanks, Mike, for a thought-provoking demonstration.

April Competition Coloring on wood

1st Richard Wellborne

2nd Nigel Harvey

3rd Matthew Patrick

Runners Up

Martin Watts

Steve Bolton

Alan Jevons

Patrick Shields

Chris Long

Jonathan Quelch

Rodney March

Geoff Bowyer

Clive Casling

Novice Competition

1st John Hamblin

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David Barnett

2nd Kevin Dart

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Juliet Harrison

3rd Alison Taylor

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Terry Middleton

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Active 8 Saturday 23rd

Yesterday the club entertained six of the young people who are supported by Active8 which helps enliven the lives of young people with various disabilities. These inspirational teenagers were treated to a day's woodturning experience with the club's tutors giving one to one tuition and support for what turned out to be a very pleasant day. The day began with spindle turning and many dibbers, vases and honey dippers were produced. A pasty lunch was followed by an afternoon of bowl turning and each student went away with two items they had turned. The wonderful atmosphere was one of concentrated excitement but with a background of enthusiastic pleasure and all the students said they had really enjoyed the day. The club would like to thank the students and their supporters who came and inspired us with their enthusiasm, and also the club's tutors - including our honorary president Colin Simpson. Thanks also to those other members whose presence and diligence meant that all the setting up, clearing up and all the other extra things that needed doing were promptly and cheerfully dealt with. Our final thanks also to The Worshipful Company of Turners whose financial support helped to make this event possible.

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Steve James - Colouring on wood.

Last night s fine turnout of members were treated to an excellent demonstration of colouring and finishing techniques by Steve James RPT who trades as "About the Grain". His very informative talk demonstrated several methods of applying colour to wood and manipulating the results with some very basic and down to earth equipment. His explanations were very clear and concise and many of the members felt inspired to try some of the techniques he suggested. Crucially, he also spent time describing and demonstrating his method of applying a finish after the turning and colouring is completed, which enhanced the whole effect and fully protected the colours applied.
A fascinating talk which was thoroughly appreciated by all those present.

Step by Step guide on coloring  by Steve James is on the club members page in  Ideas and References.

March Competition (Bowl with Inlaid Rim)

1st Richard Wellborne

2nd Peter Flynn

3rd Jonathan Quelch

Runners Up

Alan Jevons

Geoff Bowyer

Steve Bolton

Chris Long

Martin Watts

Tony Richardson

Dermot Elsley

Nigel Harvey

Novice Turners

1st Juliet Harrison

2nd Marion Peters

3rd Terry Middleton

Runners Up

Alison Taylor

Joanne McConnell

Kevin Dart