Didcot and District Woodturners Club

Didcot and District Woodtuners Club draws members from South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire

Come and see what we have to offer.

Please feel free to turn up at any of our meetings, no need to book just come and spend an evening with us. Chat with the members, have a go on one of the lathes.

Beginners usually leave with a little something they have made. Your first couple of evenings will be free and we will even provide the tea & biccies.

When do we meet?

The club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month. The hall opens at 7pm so we can get the equipment etc ready for a 7.30pm start. Activities finish around 10pm so we can get cleared up and leave by 10.30pm.

Extra hands during the set up and break down times are always welcome.

So what happens on a club night?

Didcot Woodturners Club Nights are heavily based on practical exercises on the lathe.

On three evenings a year we arrange demonstrations from well known professional turners, some working architectural turners, some art turners, both of which are always popular.

September 2023 Club Night
The September Club Night will include the clubs Annual General Meeting.
Hopefully this will be a very short meeting. We will receive brief reports from the Chairman, and Treasurer and then elect the committee for the next year.

Following on from that we will get on with the Beginner's Theme which is to turn a bracelet

The Competition Theme will be to turn something with two or more captive rings.

August 2023 Club Night
The August Club Night was a practical session.

The Beginner's Theme was to turn something with one or more captive rings.

The Competition Theme was a long thin stemmed wine glass.
We were presented with a varied set of entries of outstanding quality. Some went for extremely thins stems and others for thicker more decorative stems.

October 2023 Club Night
Keith Fenton from the Forest of Dean will demonstrate for us.
Keith turns a wide variety of items and is not afraid of using colour.
Have a look at his website 'Aroundwood'. As well as his gallery of items there is an interesting portfolio showing how Keith prepares his wood blanks.

The competition theme is 'a young person's bracelet'. Of course in most wood turning clubs anyone under about sixty is considered to be a young person!

22nd September Course at Ardington School of Crafts
Ardington will be running a full day course on Pyrography

The course will be run by Bob Neill a well know pyrographer
While the course is not specifically for woodturners, it will introduce the topic which provides many interesting ways to embellish any turned item

Check out the Ardington Website.