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We are an Association made up from individual and corporate members encompassing clubs throughout the UK. Holding charity status, the AWGB is a national body representing woodturners from Great Britain and further afield. We provide support and advice; run training courses for adults and we have a youth training initiative.

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AWGB added 3 new photos.Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 7:48am
We have gone through the many fine piece's of work on the #AWGB forum posted during April and have selected "Ice" by Hughie as our turning of the month.

Hughie Mackay posted that he got the inspiration from glacial ice, posting a picture to show how he came up with the concept for the piece.

"Ice" stands 300mm (12") tall x 155mm (4 1/2") at it's widest diameter. Made from Allocasuarina Torulosa and finished with his own mix of Danish Oil.

Hughie posted these comments about the piece "Common enough here in Australia as its used at beaches and on the side of the road especially on freeways. Grows quickly and its rarely used for turning as it has a massive shrinkage rate and so splits wide open as soon as it can. When dry the heart wood is very hard with additional hard spots that are hard to turn smooth, sandpaper struggles on the heart timber, no problems with sap timber as it remains very soft."
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AWGBMonday, April 25th, 2016 at 9:06am
The next AWGB International Woodturning Seminar will be held between 5th and 7th October 2018.

We've found a brand new venue – Yarnfield Park, just outside Stone in Staffordshire. Close to the M6 Yarnfield is an ideal location. The main building which contains the restaurant, bar and meetings rooms for the presentations is around 100 yards from a very large car park and 100 yards in the other direction to the accommodation which is at a very high standard.

Take a look at their website www.yarnfieldpark.com - you can't fail to be impressed.

We will start with lunch on the 5th and finish with lunch on the 7th.

We are still planning the demonstrator line up but we are hoping to have two from the USA, two from Ireland, three from mainland Europe and three from Britain.

There will be masterclasses running alongside the presentations where attendees can learn specific techniques. The masterclasses will be booked on a first come first served basis but will be free of charge.

Friday night will be a free evening for attendees to chat in the comfortable bar area. On Saturday evening we will have an informal dinner followed by presentations and the auction which raises funds for our development fund.

There will be a great selection of traders, some new faces and of course, the ever popular Instant Gallery from which we’ll be choosing 50 or 60 pieces for our travelling exhibition.
Costs have yet to be finalised but we are expecting the full weekend, including accommodation and meals to cost around £425 inclusive of VAT.

Make this a date on your diary and start saving now – you won’t regret it!
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AWGB added 3 new photos.Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 5:56pm
Quick Elm bowl for a tree surgeon's retirement pressie. Knocked up in an afternoon last week 😆
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AWGBTuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 12:22pm
Just a reminder - the AGM is this Sunday, 24th April.

Held at Oddington Village Hall, Lower Oddington, Nr. Stow-on –the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL56 0XD.

Lots of exciting announcements

Bring and buy for unused/unwanted tools

English Hardwoods selling timber

Bring a piece of your work for the gallery - the chairman will award a prize for the best exhibit

The AGM starts at 2 p.m. and at 11 a.m. there will be a general meeting of members and Branch Representatives.

Hope to welcome many of you there.

Dave (Chairman)
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AWGBFriday, April 1st, 2016 at 12:46pm
My choice for Woodturning of the Month, for March, is Garry Lowe's lovely little box in Masur Birch. Here's what Garry has to say about it... This is my first ever turning from Massur Birch, possibly down to the availability and expense of the timber. A dream to turn and finishes to such a silky smooth finish. I was lucky enough to be gifted this piece from my friend Sy Henderson RPT. Hopefully he will like what I did with it. It measures 6" x 3 1/4" and is finished with finishing oil then buffed. Oh yeah and the wee knob is a bit of African Blackwood. So, why do I like it so much? It has an understated simplicity which suits the beauty of the grain so very well. The clean lines and the quality of finish make this a excellent piece. The tiny blackwood knob has no essential, practical purpose, yet it looks right and brings the lid to a very satisfying conclusion. The detail at the joint between lid and box is clean and serves to conceal the joint even though it is a focus of attention. I'd also like to mention the quality of the photography and the backdrop that Gary has used.....all too often, an image of a good piece of work is let down by poor photography practices.
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