Programme of Events for 2012

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.

Mark Raby is now running our "Club Shop" and can supply anything you require for woodturning - tools, abrasives, finishes etc.  He is expecting to be at the club on the nights indicated below, but on other nights, or if he can't make it at short notice, a smaller range of his essential supplies will still be available.

If you want anything specific call Mark on 0770 4940126, or send him an e-mail

Date Event Presenter Comments
12 January Demonstration Mark Baker Mark will be known to many of our members as the editor of Woodturning Magazine and also for his very informative demonstrations and workshops at the Harrogate Woodworking Show, which always attract a big audience. It is a long time since we saw him at Sheffield Woodturning Club so it will be interesting to see what he has to show us this evening. Let’s just hope the weather doesn’t prevent this meeting from going ahead.
26 January Hands on + Mark Raby    
9 February Hands on +
Elston Sawmill

An impromptu Hands on evening - it should have been Margaret Garrard but the weather intervened. It's been rearranged for 26 April

23 February Hands on + Mark Raby    
8 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.
22 March Hands on + Mark Raby
12 April Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Andrew Hall

What can you say about Andrew? He is a regular visitor to SWC and never fails to please with his unusual and innovative projects. We’ve seen him turn hats, a whisky flask and Corinthian helmets so I wonder what he will surprise us with this time.

26 April Demonstration
plus Mark Raby
Margaret Garrard 
Rearranged from 9th Feb
It is always a pleasure to see Margaret at the club, she never fails to give an interesting demonstration. In the past she has entertained us with her involuted work; off-centre bowls; colouring, texturing and piercing and has even turned flowers to decorate an off-centre bowl. Whatever Margaret’s project is this evening, I feel sure it will be very interesting.
10 May Demonstration
Mark Raby
Mick Hanbury

Mick is a very artistic turner who uses a variety of techniques to produce unusual and interesting pieces. Every time we see him he has introduced new techniques to his repertoire so it will be interesting to see what he has to show us this evening.

19 May All Day Demo Nick Arnull

This will be Nick’s first visit to SWC so it will be interesting to see what he does. He earns his living from teaching woodturning and demonstrating and is also a regular contributor to Woodturning Magazine. He produces decorative turned wood art as well batches of spindles for furniture makers, cabinet makers, joiners and builders.

This event will be held at our usual venue, Wood Lane Countryside Centre, doors open 9:30, and the demo will be from 10:00am - 5:00pm, with a 1 hour break for lunch. Tickets are £15, (£1 reduction for advance booking) with a special rate for SWC club members. The ticket price includes lunch and all day refreshements.

Contact Hon Sec for info or Tel: 0114 2302511

24 May Hands on + Mark Raby    
14 June Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Sue Harker

Sue is another turner who produces some very artistic work. She is also a regular contributor to Woodturning Magazine. She has been to SWC a couple of times in the past when she turned some of her famous segmented work and also a multi-centre bowl with a resin inset pattern. At the 2010 Harrogate Woodworking Show she was turning Art Deco style pieces. Sue is a very talented turner.

28 June Hands on + Mark Raby    
8 July (Sunday) Emergency Services
Emergency Services Day takes place on Sunday 8th July 2012 from 11am until 4pm at Niagara - the South Yorkshire Police sports and social club, Niagara Road, Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield - S6 1LU.
This is a day where all the emergency services are involved together with various displays i.e. fire appliance, chip pan fire, educational ambulance, various police sections, we also have stalls selling various items, arena displays with events such as falconry, police dogs, morris dancers a fun fair and eating outlets.
SWC will demonstrating woodturning and have a range of turned items for sale. 
12 July Demonstration
Mark Raby
Mark Hancock

Mark is a world renowned woodturner who decided to take up turning as a career in 1989 when the firm he worked for relocated and he chose not to go with them. After training with a professional turner he specialised in turning high quality decorative and functional bowls and individual vessels for craft fairs around the country. In 1998 he was commissioned by the Foreign Office to produce work for visiting dignitaries attending the Cardiff European Union Summit and in 2002 he was one of the main presenters at the Great Britain International Woodturning Seminar, with turners from around the world. In addition to demonstrating and teaching, he produces one off pieces for galleries and exhibitions.

26 July Hands on + Mark Raby    
9 August Demonstration
Elston Sawmill +
Mark Raby
Andrew Hall

This evening was scheduled to be Tony Wilson. Unfortunately poor health meant he had to cancel Andrew Hall kindly stepped in at short notice. Andrew is a regular visitor and this will be his second visit this year.

18 August All Day Demo
Mark Raby
Les Thorne

Les is a world renowned demonstrator and many of you will have seen him demonstrating at wood shows around the country, but with him living so far away, it’s a real coup for us to get him to come and demonstrate at our club. He has been involved with wood for the majority of his life. Having worked as a saw doctor and been company director of his family’s timber mill, he turned to woodturning in 1998. Make sure you book early for this one, you won’t be disappointed.

23 August Hands on + Mark Raby    
1/2 September Art in the Gardens  

The 9th 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.
13 September Demonstration
Mark Raby
David Springett

David wowed us all on his last visit with his seemingly impossible projects and unusual items. His interest in woodturning began when he was a woodwork teacher. He read every book available at the time on the subject of woodturning, practiced and experimented then left teaching nearly 20 years ago to earn his living doing what he loves most, turning wood. It will be interesting to see what interesting turnings he can amaze us with this evening.

27 September Hands on + Mark Raby
11 October Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Bob Chapman

Bob is an ‘old friend’ of SWC who’s demonstrations never fail to attract a lot of interest. He is a turner who can produce some beautifully artistic work but never forgets the basics and will happily demonstrate an artistic piece and something functional on the same evening. It’s always a pleasure to see Bob demonstrate.

25 October Hands on + Mark Raby
8 November Demonstration Steve Wright Steve will be known to everyone who comes to our meetings, in fact he is probably the most popular member of the club as everyone rushes to greet him as soon as they see him. Could it be his magnetic personality, his charm and witty repartee or is it the wood he brings to sell to us that we all love him for! This will be the first time he has stood up in front of us to give a demo, however he won’t be producing shavings as he will be giving us a talk with a slide show. This should be an interesting evening.
18 November SWC Christmas Fair   Our third Christmas Fair will be held at Wood Lane Countryside Centre and will run from 11:00 am 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. There will also be a large range of woodturning items for sale, all made by members of our club where you're sure to find some useful and unique Christmas presents. There will also be tea/coffee available.
22 November Hands on    
13 December Xmas Party Time
Mark Raby
  Our annual Christmas party where all members and partners have a chance to chat over a bit of food and wine.
20 December Demonstration
Mark Raby
Nikos Siragas

Nikos is as much an artist as he is a turner. He seems to be able to see shapes and designs in a piece of wood that most people cannot imagine. He only comes to the UK for a short time each year so we are very lucky to be able to welcome him back to our club again this evening.