Programme of Events for 2011

All Demonstrations take place in the Grain Loft, from 7pm until around 10pm, doors open from 6pm.

Write-ups of the demo evenings can be found in Club Night Reports.

All Hands-on sessions take place in the Grain Loft, from 6pm until 9’ish.

All day events are highlighted thus.

Date Event Presenter Comments
6 January Xmas Party Time!   Please bring some food and drink! More of a New Year Party after the dreadful snow we had in December resulting in our Christmas party being called off at the last minute.
13 January Demonstration Mark & Lisa Raby Mark is a great demonstrator and has a wealth of experience in wood finishing, showing a range of finishes to suit every taste and enabling both the novice and experienced wood turner to achieve a beautiful finish with advice on selecting the right product.
As far as Lisa is concerned - all you guys out there who think you can only draw stickmen, now’s the time to learn to burn.
27 January Hands on    
10 February Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Nick Agar Nick is a woodturning artist who has a reputation for producing highly individual, beautifully crafted art. He is inspired by organic forms, pottery and his natural surroundings and produces large scale, multi-textured, turned wood sculptures. He specialises in hollow forms and large diameter work and is particularly renowned for his wall sculptures. Coming from Devon I suspect that few, if any of us have ever seen him before, so we should be in for a real treat.
24 February Hands on    
10 March Club AGM   Annual General Meeting - 7:00 pm start - discussion about the Club's activities over the past year and selection of our charity to sponsor for the next 12 months.
There will also be a "Bring & Buy" sale during the evening. So all those bits and pieces you've been meaning to sell - bring them along and someone will be grateful.
24 March Demonstration Tony Wilson Rebooked from 9 December. Tony is well known to club members for his ready wit and excellent demonstrations, which will often teach you new or better techniques for turning everyday items. As well as being a very popular demonstrator, Tony teaches woodturning and holds regular turning clinics in his own workshop. It’s a couple of years since he visited our club, so this will be a welcome return.
14 April Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
David Springett David has been turning lace bobbins for over twenty years and is considered to be one of the country’s leading bobbin makers. When not turning bobbins he developed an interest in turning apparently impossible and somewhat improbable items, such as spheres within spheres, stars within cubes and delicate lattices with no apparent means of support. This should be an interesting evening and one not to be missed.
28 April Hands on    
12 May Demonstration Bob Chapman Bob has demonstrated all sorts of interesting projects to us over the years, including his famous ‘spiky ball’, his very unusual and artistic ‘Married Quarters’ as well as more everyday items such as an earring stand, spinning top box and salt pot. It will be interesting to see what he can surprise us with on this occasion.
26 May Hands on    
9 June Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Mick Hanbury Mick is well known to the club as he has visited us a number of times in the past. We have seen him demonstrate turning beautiful finial boxes, decorative platters, piercing and texturing techniques and have seen his unique style of decorative finishes develop over the years. It will be interesting to see what new techniques he has developed since the last time we saw him.
18 June Full Day Demonstration Phil Irons Phil will be well known to many of our members as he can be regularly seen at wood shows up and down the country. He is probably best known for his large hollow forms, often turned from wet wood, but he has also done his fair share of production turning, having made over 10,000 caddy spoons for Taylors of Harrogate. In his last visit to the club he concentrated more on explaining woodturning techniques, but he assures us that for this visit he plans to produce lots of shavings.
23 June Hands on    
14 July Demonstration Margaret Garrard Margaret is a popular turner, making another visit to the club. Innovative and always willing to try something new she will no doubt come up with another project to inspire us.
28 July Hands on
11 August Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Andrew Hall  
25 August Hands on    
3/4 September Art in the Gardens  

The 8th annual Art in the Gardens event, held in Sheffield Botanical Gardens, is arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from throughout the UK.  This is a truly wonderful opportunity to buy the perfect piece of art or craft direct from the artist, whilst enjoying the perfect surroundings that the gardens have to offer.  Thousands of works of art and craft on exhibition. 10:30 to 5:30, both days.

SWC will have our usual large marquee with work from club members being displayed for sale.

Adults £6, accompanied children under 16 Free.
8 September Demonstration Gerry Marlow As a member of Sheffield Woodturning Club, Gerry needs no introduction, but if you are not familiar with his work then take a look his albums on the “Members’ Work” section of our web site. Gerry has kindly offered to donate his fee for this evening’s demonstration to our charity of the year.
22 September Hands on    
1 October Full day demonstration John Berkeley John is an ‘old friend’ of Sheffield Woodturning Club, having demonstrated to us on a number of occasions in the past. However, a few hours in an evening is not long enough to appreciate some of the amazing puzzles and boxes he makes, so it will be a real treat to be able to sit back and enjoy a full day watching John at work.
13 October Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Alan Truman Alan has visited the club once before and the projects he presented were achievable by all present - which is not always the case. No doubt he will be as successful this time around as long as "the wife" lets him out for the night.
27 October Hands on    
6 November Club's Christmas Fair  

Following on from the very successful Christmas fair in 2010 we are going to hold our second such event and hope to raise even more money for our chosen charity.

This event runs from 11:00am until 5:00pm, and it'll only cost you £1. We'll be running two lathes and demonstrating the fine art of woodturning - including demonstrations from our youngest members. So come along and be entertained, and when you've had your fill of that browse around the items for sale. We're sure you'll find some useful and unique Christmas presents.

10 November Demonstration Clive Brooks Clive and his colleagues at Turner’s Retreat are well known to the club and always have something new to show us. This will be a good opportunity to find out more about the Robert Sorby range and maybe purchase that essential tool that is missing from your workshop.
24 November Hands on    
8 December Christmas Party   Please bring some food and drink! But don't bring more than you can eat!
15 December Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Nikos Siragas Nikos is an artistic turner from Greece who combines carving and piercing with turning to produce some very beautiful and individual work. He gave a very inspirational demonstration when he visited us in December 2009 which left many of us asking when we could see him again. We are very fortunate to include him in our programme again this year as he only gives a few demonstrations a year in the UK.