About Us

We are a club which was formed in 1994 to promote the craft of woodturning in the East Surrey and North Kent areas.

We have monthly meetings, at which there is usually a demonstration of an aspect of turning, presented either by members or by one of the country's top turners; there is also the opportunity for members to discuss and display their turning successes and failures, and exchange tips and views. We have excellent close circuit video equipment which allows the audience a much better view of the demonstrator's techniques, including the all-important view from above the lathe. This allows you to see clearly just how the tool is being held and applied to the work. Each month there is a raffle, with several useful prizes (normally related to turning) on offer. Members are often selling, or even giving away wood or equipment - some great bargains can be had this way.

We are actively recruiting new members currently, so if you want to join, do get in touch - you won't have to go on a waiting list. There is no joining fee, and no meeting charges - only an annual subscription of just £49, which includes membership of the national association, the AWGB. If you want to check us out before joining, visitors are charged a guest fee of £5 per meeting, out of fairness to our members.

The membership year is January to December; the subscription is £49. Members who join from July to September pay just £25 for the half-year, while joining in October to December costs the full £49, but this pays for membership through to the end of the next year. Junior members (aged 16-18 on 1st Jan) pay no subscription, and we offer a family membership of £83 for up to four adults at the same address.

We attend local fairs and events, taking lathes with us and displaying the craft to an ever-widening audience, as well as running an active sales table of items produced by the membership. We also operate "hands-on" sessions during the year, where members and visitors are encouraged to come along and do some turning, receive some help with any problems they may have, or have new techniques demonstrated to them which they can then try out straight away (how often do you see something new, but have forgotten exactly how to do it when you finally get home to your lathe?).

See the Events page for more details of what we are doing and when.

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We are an Affiliated Branch of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB).
Click the logo above to link to their web site.

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