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Travelling Exhibition 2017 – 2018 Competition

AWGB exhibition pieces

Every Seminar we select between 50 and 60 pieces to take around the UK as part of our travelling exhibition. We keep the pieces for two years and in the past they have been returned in August before the Seminar. The current pieces go back in 2017 and as the next Seminar is 2018 we need to replenish the exhibition.

We are holding a competition. It is open to any woodturner in the UK whether they are AWGB members or not. There isn’t a theme – we just want you to send us some photos of your best pieces of work from which we will make a selection of the best 60 pieces. We will arrange with you for these pieces to be sent to Woodworks at Daventry where Ray Key and Reg Hawthorne will judge the top three and we will award prizes for 1st of £175, 2nd of £150 and 3rd of £125.

The rules are simple:

  1. You may enter up to three pieces
  2. You must submit three high quality images per entry by email to
  3. Images may be sent on multiple emails if necessary; each email will be acknowledged.
  4. Images must be submitted no later than Friday 10 March.
  5. The images must show side view, top view and underneath view (or an “interesting angle”).
  6. At least one of the images must contain a ruler so we can judge the size of the piece.
  7. Your email should describe the piece including details of the timber used in no more than 50 words.
  8. You must agree that if chosen, we can retain the piece(s) until October 2018.
  9. You must indicate whether you are prepared to sell the piece.
  10. You must provide a sale price even if it isn’t for sale for insurance purposes. We insure the pieces for 60% of their sale value.
  11. If we sell one of your pieces we take 10% commission plus VAT.

We’ll discuss packaging etc. with you if your piece is selected.

That’s all, get making! We’re looking forward to seeing your entries.

30th Anniversary Birthday Bash

2017 is the 30th anniversary of the creation of the AWGB. We have awarded grants of £300 each to 37 clubs so they can organise a turning related day to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the AWGB. All these events are open to the public but some will require tickets to be purchased in advance. Details of these events can be found on the birthday bash page.

The Art of Wellness

We were sent some information about a free online course. Some of you may find parts of it of interest.

In “The Art of Wellness” students will learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. Central to the learning are many hands-on visual arts activities aimed at introducing the key principles of visual arts based practices in healthcare. The short course takes students around 6 hours to complete.

The link to the free course is:

Andy Coates’ Workshop Destroyed by Fire

There is never a good time of year for something like this but sadly, Andy Coates’ (our former chairman) workshop was destroyed by fire, apparently caused by an electrical fault in the building wiring. Andy is still sifting through the charred remains, salvaging what he can but the likelihood is that most if not all the equipment he had will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, the workshop wasn’t insured but some kindhearted friends have set up a crowd funding page to help Andy rebuild his workshop and his livelihood. If you are able to donate, here’s a link to the page



As another fund raiser, an auction of donated pieces is being organised so if you are able to donate a piece of your work to sell, contact us ( and we will pass on your offer.

Watch this space for further developments…

First Overseas Approved Tutor

Since the launch of the “Lets Teach Turning” training package, it has reached many far away places.

On the 10th November we had our first overseas member to attain the Tutor badge. Lodovico Grippa from Milano, Italy flew from Milan to Bristol for his Tutor Assessment. The assessment took place at the Max Cary Trust in Portishead, Bristol with Stuart Bradfield assessing.

Lodovico instructing his “pupil” during the assessment.

We are very pleased to say Lodovico passed the assessment and should receive his badge and certificate by post shortly.

We all know that there are a number of associations that use our course as a basis, but it is a first for an overseas member to travel for assessment.

AWGB at Axminster Warrington

The AWGB (Dave Atkinson, Adam Evans and Russell Gibbs) will be making shavings this Saturday the 30th October at Axminster Tools, Warrington. They will be happy to discuss any questions that you may have either about turning, or the organisation in general. Drop in and see what they are up to!

AWGB Seminar 2018 Presenters

We are delighted to be able to announce this fabulous demonstrator line-up for the AWGB Seminar, 5th to 7th October 2018.

From Canada:

Mike Hosaluk


From France:

Benoit Averly

Jean-Francois Escoulen


From Ireland:

Glenn Lucas

Max Brosi


From North America:

Harvey Meyer


From Norway:

Asmund Vignes


And from the UK:

Rod Page

Gary Rance

Les Thorne


We’ll be releasing more details about the programme, demonstration content and booking details over the next few months.  The cost of the full weekend including access to all demonstrations, excellent accommodation and all meals and refreshments during the day will be less than £400 per person.

This Seminar will be held at a new venue, the exemplary, refurbished, Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, near Stone in Staffordshire, where you will never have to walk more than 75 metres – always under cover – for anything.  It is near Stone in Staffordshire   Do take a look.

We look forward to welcoming you to the best Seminar ever – Remember it’s “Your Turn to be Inspired

AWGB Seminar 2018 logo

Wizardry in Wood competition collection points and delivery dates

Entries can be delivered directly to  Carpenters’ Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October or to any of the collection points in the document below before Wednesday 5 October.


All entries not retained by the WCT must be removed from Carpenter’s Hall only between 4.00pm and 5.00pm on the afternoon of Saturday 15th October 2016. Uncollected entries will be returned by pre paid mail or via one of the collection points.

Competitors are responsible for the adequate packaging of their work; an appropriately sized cardboard or wooden box must be provided for all entries, which must be marked clearly with the competitor’s name and address and should also be marked “COMPETITION

More details on the WCT website

Kew exhibits at Wizardry in Wood 2016

Outstanding historical exhibits from the Economic Botany Collection, Kew

Over two hundred outstanding exhibits from the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be exhibited at Wizardry in Wood 2016.
This is the first time the Economic Botany Collection, Kew collection will have been exhibited to the public in the City of London. The exhibition features historical items from dozens of countries and provides a dramatic contrast to the finest contemporary woodturning across the rest of the Wizardry in Wood exhibition.
Kew’s Economic Botany Collection illustrates the extent of human use of plants around the world. The huge variety of objects includes artefacts made from plants, as well as raw plant materials, such as wood samples. The collections build an important bridge between biological and cultural diversity, and are a valuable resource for the study of plant uses past, present and future.
Sir William Hooker, the first official Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, opened the Museum of Economic Botany in 1847. While the majority of the objects were acquired during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Collection continues to grow today and now holds over 100,000 specimens, including 35,000 timber specimens and 2,000 wooden objects.
Four themes highlight Kew’s work in promoting the use and conservation of timbers, from the founding of the Economic Botany Collection in 1847 to the current day.

  • “Making” shows the close link between the properties of different timbers and how they are used. A range of manufacturing techniques will demonstrate the ingenuity of woodworkers ranging from ancient Egypt to Victorian Britain.
  • “Woods at Kew” explores how and why Kew built up its collections through commercial and colonial networks, and today continues to build up its collections through international collaborations with botanists around the world.
  • “Science at Kew” shows how Kew scientists play a vital role in promoting the sustainable use of timbers. Wood anatomists work out new ways of identifying timbers at risk of illegal trade, while field botanists plot disappearing forests and work with local people and institutions to preserve them.
  • “Woods in the World” draws on the uniquely diverse collections at Kew to illustrate the many ways in which woods have been and are used, especially by indigenous peoples, in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Inspired by Victorian botanists, Kew and the Building Crafts College have also undertaken the challenge of recreating a “Timber Trophy”, typical of the spectacular displays of the era of the Crystal Palace and other great exhibitions. Over 20 of Kew’s largest cut timbers will be displayed on a special stand made by the College. These range from ebony to bog oak, and show an extraordinary range of colours and grains.
The remarkable diversity and history of Kew’s collections make this an exhibition that will appeal to all, whether interested in wood, sustainability, or history, or indeed all three.

Wizardry in Wood: 12 – 15 October 2016 at Carpenters’ Hall, City of London
Wizardry in Wood, the exclusive quadrennial exhibition of the finest contemporary woodturning, returns with its fourth showcase this October.
Presented by the Worshipful Company of Turners, the 2016 exhibition will be its largest and most diverse to date with an unparalleled showcase featuring 70 of the most skilled leading UK and international contemporary turners as exhibitors and also in the Daniel Collection.
At the core of the exhibition, visitors will be able to see work from 25 of today’s leading woodturners who bring traditional craft skills, steeped in history, to a setting of newness and innovation.
Live demonstrations will allow visitors to engage with the unique craft skills and processes while daily guided talks will offer an insight to the materials, methods and designs on show. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the entries and winners of the Turners’ Company 2016 Competitions, and with many of the works on sale, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a diverse range of high quality original works.
Exhibition website:
Opening times : Wednesday 12 Oct, Thursday 13 Oct and Friday 14 Oct: 10am – 6pm;
last entry 5pm. Saturday 15 Oct: 10am – 4pm; last entry 3pm.
Venue: Carpenters’ Hall Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2JJ
Tickets from Eventbrite :
Single: £10 Double: £16.
(These prices include a 10% donation to the Turners’ Company Charity)
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