Tutor Assessment Day

Max Carey Woodturning Trust
The Mill, 35 High Street
Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6AA
Saturday 23rdth June 2018
Applications to
John Montgomery
AWGB Demonstrator Training & Tutor Assessment Coordinator

New Club Competition

2018 Seminar Club Collaboration Competition

At this year’s Seminar, the AWGB is introducing a Club Collaboration Competition involving a
minimum of five club members to produce a wooden tractor. First prize for the winning team will be £250, second prize will be £150 and third prize will be £100.
1. The Collaboration Competition is open to both Affiliated and Associated Clubs and judging will take place at the 2018 International Seminar, to be held at Yarnfield Training and Conference Centre from 5th to 7th October 2018.
2. Club teams should comprise of a minimum of 5 Club members and each club may submit one entry.
3. The theme for the competition is a Tractor and judging emphasis will be on as many  working/moving parts as possible. Battery powered, moving components are NOT permitted.
4. The maximum dimensions are 40cms long x 30cms wide x 25cms high
5. The tractor must be made solely from wood, which may be any variety.
6. Preference in judging will be given to turning techniques as opposed to other disciplines such as carving or pyrography.
7. Clubs must submit a materials list with their entry, together with any supplementary plans or techniques that may assist the judges with their decision.
8. Judging is ‘blind’ and therefore any documentation should NOT contain information that will identify the club or individuals.
9. However, the AWGB competition co-ordinator WILL require a separate, full list of participants in the collaboration, together with photographs of the participants and of the entry, during  production.
10. The judge’s decision is final.

Get those thinking caps on and teams organised! We are looking forward to seeing what can be produced.


The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, (a Company Limited by Guarantee – Company No 8135399) will be held at Little Yeldham Village Hall, School Road, Little Yeldham, CO9 4LH, on Sunday 22nd April 2018, starting at 1pm.
With regard to Director/Trustee positions on the Executive:
Paul Hannaby, Russell Gibbs, Derek Puplett, Peter Bradwick, Dave Wilcox, John Montgomery, Pat Murphy, Howard Hughes, Mike Wilson and Mark Hogan have been co-opted during the year and will be re-elected formally at the AGM.
Under Section 234 of the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles, a member is entitled to appoint another person as their Proxy to exercise all or any of their rights to attend, speak or vote at the meeting. The appointment of a Proxy must be in writing and notified to the Secretary, before the meeting.

A Corporate Member may nominate a person to attend on their behalf in writing to the Secretary, before the meeting.
As usual, there will be tables on which to exhibit attendee’s work which they are happy to submit for judgement and submission for the Travelling Exhibition coupled with the award of the Chairman’s Prize. There will also be tables on which to place tools and the like for sale. Nigel Fleckney will be in attendance with a selection of his fine timbers for sale.

The AGM will be preceded by a meeting of Members and Branch Representatives, which will start at 11.00am and will be chaired by Paul Hannaby.
If you are attending, please inform the Secretary on or 01335 360388 by 8th April.
The Agenda for the AGM will be as follows:
Apologies for Absence
Acceptance of the Minutes of the 2017 AGM
Matters Arising from the minutes of the 2017 AGM
Treasurer’s Report for year ending 31st December 2017
Chairman’s Report
Announcement of the ballot for Trustees
Vote on the appointment of Accountants/Auditors for the AWGB
Result on ballot of any resolutions

QEST Applications open

QEST  is an organisation at the forefront of supporting education and excellence in craft in the U.K.

They are striving to make a difference to the lives and careers of crafts people whilst maintaining the very highest standards in craftsmanship.

They fund talented people, whether at entry level in to the industry via their QEST Apprenticeship Scheme, or when they are trying to reach a level of excellence further in to their career, via their QEST Scholar awards.

Just to let you know that the next application period for scholarships and apprenticeships opens on Monday 8 January 2018 and closes 12 February 2018.

Applications can be made via their website All relevant information regarding the application process can also be found on the QESTwebsite.

Changes to officers

Dave Atkinson has resigned as chairman and Sam Webber has resigned as vice chairman.

With effect from January 1st, The following changes will be in effect.

Chairman – Paul Hannaby

Vice Chairman – Russell Gibbs

Trade & Business – Roger Cutler

Webmaster & data manager – Paul Middleton.

Contact details for all the above can be found on the AWGB organisation page

Charity Auction for Freedom From Torture

Using only timber from Royal Greenwich Park 14 UK professional turners and Michael Maisey (the organiser) are making pieces for a charity exhibition and sale. The website for bidding is An exhibition will be held at the Greenwich gallery, Peyton Place from October 30th – November 7th and, viewing followed by the full auction on Friday evening 7pm 17th November at Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich. all proceeds will go to Freedom from Torture.

The turners involved are:

  • Simon Hope
  • Stuart Mortimer
  • Gary Rance
  • Mark Baker
  • Nick Agar
  • Reg Hawthorne
  • Ray Key
  • Bob Chapman
  • Jason Breach
  • Tony Southey
  • Melvyn Firminger
  • Stuart King        
  • Dave Register 
  • Les Thorne
  • David Reeks
  • Michael Maisey