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Ray Key Tribute Collaboration

Ray Key passed away on the 14th of September 2018.
Amongst his achievements are:
 
Becoming the  founding Chairman of the AWGB in 1987.Awarded life membership in 1997 and appointed President in 1998.
 
In 2001 he was made a Life Member of The American Association of Woodturners (At this time the only non-American afforded this honour).
 
in 2002 Ray was made a Freeman by presentation of the Worshipful Company of Turners. In 2011 through the Worshipful Company of Turners he became a Freeman of The City of London. In 2012 the Worshipful Company of Turners presented Ray with their first ever “Master in Turning’ award” and in 2017 he was awarded the status if Liveryman by presentation.
 
In 2015 Ray was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (for services to the craft of Wood Turning).

Ray left a large number of part turned pieces of work which his wife Liz and son Darren have kindly agreed can be used for this collaboration project.We plan to use this opportunity to celebrate Ray’s huge contribution to the AWGB and turning worldwide

We are inviting turners from around the world, who have at some point had a connection to Ray, to select one of the unfinished pieces of work, finish it in their own style and to return it to be included in an exhibition (in July 2019). We also intend to produce a book documenting all pieces and contributors. Ultimately the pieces will all be sold and the proceeds will be shared between Ray’s widow Liz and the AWGB development / grant funds. The AWGB plan to use some of the funds to set up a commemorative bursary or award to honour Ray’s memory.


Ray Key BEM

Ray Key

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Ray Key BEM, president of the AWGB passed away on the evening of the 14th of September. Ray was a founder member of the AWGB and has been involved throughout the 31 years of the association’s existence in roles including chairman and president. He was a source of inspiration to so many with his exquisite turnings pure of form that needed no colour or embellishment to stand out.

Our thoughts are with Ray’s wife Liz and son Darren at this sad time.

Paul Hannaby, AWGB Chairman

Amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill

The home office have drafted a number of amendments to the offensive weapons bill in an attempt to reduce knife crime. However, the amendment they are proposing will make it illegal to deliver any bladed product to a residential address. This also applies to purchases outside the UK.

The AWGB is opposed to this bill because it would severely impact on woodturners trying to pursue their hobby.

We suggest you contact your local MP and explain the shortcomings of the proposed changes. You can also sign the petition to have article 15 removed from the bill by following this link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/222776

We are trying to do what we can to get the bill amended.

New Officers

We are pleased to announce the following new members of the team –

Webmaster & data manager: Carl Burn

Workshops coordinator: Alan Buckle

Alan will be dealing with bookings and place allocations on our training workshops.

AWGB ambassador: Phil Irons

Phil’s role will be partly helping out with the day to day running of the organisation, partly representing the AWGB and partly bringing his extensive experience to bear by acting as an advisor.

The Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary Awards 2019

Every two years the Turners’ Company offers one or more bursaries, worth up to a combined value of £10,000, to help talented woodturners develop their skills and move to a higher level of achievement. the awards are open to UK resident turners whose work is well regarded by their peers and who can put forward a clear plan for how the award will advance their work, expand the boundaries of turning and raise the profile of the craft.

For more information visit the Turners’ Company online here.

To download more information about the bursary scheme click on the link:

Bursary Rules 2019

You can also download the application form using the link below:

Bursary Application Form 2019

Trustee resignations

Both Howard Hughes (northern regional representative) and Paul Middleton (webmaster and data manager) have resigned from the executive. I would like to thank Howard and Paul for their contributions during their time as trustees.

The vacant posts will be temporarily covered as follows: northern rep post – Russell Gibbs; webmaster and data manager: Paul Hannaby

Demonstrator Training Day

We are looking for more members in the Strathclyde area that would like to attend a Demonstrator Training day. We have one at present who has applied and we need three more to run a course. It is free for AWGB members.

The application form is available under Resources.