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.

Woodturning Residency opportunity

The Windgate ITE International Residency, organized by The Center for Art in Wood, is an 8-week, intensive program during which the resident fellows live and work together at the University of the Arts, in downtown Philadelphia. The Center selects from an international pool of applicants one photojournalist, one scholar, five artists, and one student artist who work either solely in wood or who work with wood in combination with other materials.  ITE is designed as a collegial experience and encourages an open exchange of creative and technical innovations. Residents are able to pursue both individual and collaborative work that is explorative and experimental.  The residency runs from the first week of June through the first week of August and includes several public programs, field trips to artists, collectors and museums in the region, and culminates in a multidisciplinary exhibition with photos and essays documenting the residency experience.

Deadline for the complete application is December 30 for openings in 2018 and 2019. For more information on the program and to download the application please visit:


About the Center:

The Center for Art in Wood offers activities from within several different program areas, including the Gerry Lenfest Gallery, the Museum Collection, The Fleur & Charles Bresler Research Library, and The Earl Powell Artist Research Files.

The Center displays wood art on site and in traveling exhibitions. Our Windgate ITE International Residency Program has involved over 100 international residents as it continues through its third decade. Education and community outreach programs bring hands-on wood turning and woodworking experience to students throughout the region. The permanent collection contains over 1,100 pieces of artwork from around the world, ranging from functional, every-day objects to contemporary sculptures. Our research library consists of over 25,000 images, artists’ files, and books that help preserve the exciting history of wood turning and woodworking and their continuing evolution as a contemporary art form.

Over the last two years, the Center mounted 15 exhibitions, published catalogues and books, and offered numerous special exhibition-related events.

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

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