2018 Seminar preparations

The Seminar sub committee have just returned from a visit to Yarnfield Park to finalise some of the arrangements for our 16th International Woodturning Seminar. We’re happy to say everything is progressing well and things are starting to take shape for October 5th – 7th.

Here’s a preview of the new venue. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Death of Linda Mortimer

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Linda, wife of Stuart Mortimer known to most of us in the woodturning fraternity.  Linda was taken into Winchester hospital in the afternoon of Monday 12 March and died of a massive brain haemorrhage at 21.00 on Tuesday 13 March.

Below is a short obituary from Sam Webber, a close friend of Stuart and Linda.

I first met Linda some fifteen years ago when I started turning under Stuart’s tuition.  Since then both Linda and Stuart have become firm friends and, like all of you that have met her know, she was truly a lovely lady. She has supported Stuart in his long and successful career not only going around the UK and the world with him for his many demonstrations but also, for example, cooking for and hosting the many Young Turners that have appeared at Hope Cottage for Stuart’s annual YT weekends. In one of his publications Stuart referred to Linda as his “most valued critic” of his work for she had learned so much about our craft, had a rare eye for form and an enviable knowledge of woods.

The family funeral will take place in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on Tuesday 27th March, and a Memorial Service will be held for Linda at St. Mary’s Church, Amport, Hampshire at 11.00 on Tuesday 24th April.

I, along with many of you, have lost a dear and valued friend who will be greatly missed, but to none more so than by Stuart and his family to whom we send our most sympathetic condolences.

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.