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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 2 new photos.Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 7:34pm

The next time that you find yourself in an ironmonger's shop or hardware store, think about stocking up on things like tap-washers, rubber doorstops and even demi-john bungs from the home-brewing department. These can all prove useful as soft-contact fittings on cole-jaws and Longworth chucks. Many of them are tapered, so are ideal for this.

Tap washers are available in all sorts of diameters, so building them up in groups of two or three, effectively makes a tapered shape which is ideal for gripping the edge of bowls.

Rubber door stops can be really useful when reversing bowls and platters if you don't want to put the point of a revolving tail-stock centre against the work-piece. Simply slip the doorstop onto the point of the tail-stock and bring it up against the work.

A word of caution....when using bolts or set-screws through soft fittings such as these, always use one with a wide, flat head (such as a gutter bolt) or place a steel washer between them to prevent the head of the fixing being drawn down into the soft fitting.
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AWGB added 3 new photos.Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 11:40pm
With apologies for tardiness the turning of the month is by Ed Oliver. It is a little Horse Chestnut burr 135mm (51/4") x 120mm (41/2") Coloured with Chestnut Spirit stains and finished with CA.

It's called Wormy as you can see why from the picture of the base. A lovely piece made from wood that many would perhaps reject
This piece was built up with 5 shades of blue sanded between each shade then given a final coat of thinned yellow.
The finish was done with super glue which was built up with six coats sanding between each coat and then finally buffed with burnishing cream.
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AWGB shared UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium's video.Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 11:49pm
don't forget to come and say hello to The AWGB at UKIWS in June
UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium
Here's the first video update from UKIWS....and here are the links mentioned: Our website: http://www.ukiws.co.uk Sponsors: Oliver's Woodturning: http://www.oliverswoodturning.co.uk Taylors Mirfield: http://www.taylorsmirfield.co.uk Axminster: http://www.axminster.co.uk Hampshire Sheen: http://www.hampshiresheen.com Other Links: AWGB: http://www.awgb.co.uk Master Class Tickets: http://www.ukiws.co.uk/tc-events/master-classes/ Club Registration: http://www.ukiws.co.uk/club-registration/
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AWGB added 3 new photos.Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 6:25pm
From time to time we'll be posting a feature called "Turners' Tips", and here's the first post!

A low budget but very effective way of arranging a posable hose for a dust extractor. I noticed a local advert recently for a TV wall bracket with triple pivot points, it cost me just £10! I've installed it in my studio workshop over my demonstrating lathe. One end is fixed to a shelf above the little lathe and for the other end I made a simple bracket to hold the hose. When it's not wanted I just push it up to the shelf, but when it is wanted there's quite a range of positions that I can put it in.
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AWGBFriday, January 8th, 2016 at 2:38am
Are you looking for woodturning events, club demonstrations and trade shows? Check out our events page
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