Didcot and District Woodturners Club

Some of the whys and wherefores of Didcot Woodturners

FAQ: How much will it cost?

When you first come along we will treat you as a non-paying guest for the first two meetings.

Membership cost is £20.00 per year ( or pro-rata for first year ) for adults and £10.00 per year for younger people still in full time education. The clubs membership year is October to September.

There is also a charge of £4.00 per meeting attended ( £2.00 for the young ) payable at the door...... we will probably try to sell you some raffle tickets as well.

We will provide you with free tea/coffee and biscuits.

FAQ: Where do Woodturners find their wood ?

That is the question that most new turners ask. One answer is here on a club night!!

Whenever possible we try and have some suitable timber available at the Harwell Hall on a club night.

One local source might be Oxford Wood Recycling in Abingdon. As well as all forms of recycled timber for any DIY projects, they also hold hard wood turning blanks.

Other sources are Axminster Stores, though they only hold a limited stock and it tends to be relatively expensive.

Yandles at Marston in Somerset hold an enormous stock, but it is quite a trip.

And you will find woodturning blanks on Ebay, but you 'pays your money and takes your chance'.

And its not only wood we can turn. Acrylics and soft metals such as pewter and copper can also be used.

FAQ: What types of wood can I turn?

You should be aware of the difference between the different types of wood and the condition of the wood.

Generally we turn hard woods. These may be native UK species such as Sycamore, Beech, Oak and various fruit woods, or exotic species such as Sapele, Padauk and Zebrano. Softwoods such as pine and spruce are coarse grained and thus it is difficlt to get a clean finish, but they are useful for practice.

In terms of condition wood can be 'wet', 'dry' or 'spalted'. When wood is first cut down the wood is "wet", that is it is still full of sap. It will be easier to turn but liable to crack as it dries. Wood can be air dried or kiln dried. If air drying allow approx one year for each inch of thickness.

Spalted wood has begun to rot. This can create some attractive figuring, but the wood can necome 'punky' and difficult to work.