Programme of Events for 2014

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
9 January Demonstration Club Members A group of club members will be giving demonstrations during the evening.
23 January Hands-on    
13 February Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Peter Wood
Pole Lathe turner

Peter is a pole lathe turner, based in Leicestershire. He came along last year and gave us a talk about the history of the lathe as well as demonstrating how to make a chair leg, chair spindle, baby’s rattle and garden dibber on his pole lathe. It proved to be a very interesting evening that was thoroughly appreciated by all who attended.

27 February Hands on    
13 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.
27 March Hands on
10 April Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
David Lowe

David lives and works in Scarborough, where he has a gift shop selling his work and a workshop where he holds courses in woodturning. He has a passion for working with wood and looking at ways to show its natural beauty using traditional techniques combined with modern ideas such as airbrushing, texturing, piercing etc. He gets his inspiration from the abundance of natural beauty that surrounds him in Scarborough and after seeing a demonstration by Joey Richardson he realised that his only limitation was his imagination.

24 April Hands on    
8 May Demonstration Dave Atkinson

Dave “Atco” Atkinson lives in Macclesfield and lives and breathes woodturning, having taken it up in 2000. He is treasurer of the AWGB and a trustee of the AWGB Charity. His aim when he demonstrates is to show something that can be done by any member using “standard” tools.  This is a first visit for Atco and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.

17 May
Full Day Demo


Elston Sawmill
Mark Baker
Turner and editor of
Woodturning Magazine

Mark is well known to many of our members, not only as the editor of Woodturning Magazine, but also for the master classes he regularly gives at woodturning events up and down the country. Mark loves working with shapes, exploring form and seeing what can be done with them. The classical and ancient forms feature heavily in his work but he always tries to develop and tweak things further. He is very conscious of the woods selected, going a long way to find specific woods and cuts to maximise both the form and the look. At times he uses colour and texture to enhance his work and is always trying new things. It’s more than two years since he gave us his demonstration on ‘exploring supported forms’ so it will be good to welcome him back and see what he has to offer for a full day demonstration.

Where:- Wood Lane Countryside Centre - our usual venue
When:- 9:30am until 5:00pm
Cost:- £14 SWC members, £15 non-members - all welcome
All day refreshments with home made lunch
Plenty of off-road parking
Contact the club Secretary for tickets 

22 May Hands on    
12 June Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Peter Berry

This demo has had to be cancelled due to Peter having an accident. The evening will still go ahead with someone else stepping in at the last minute.

Peter is one of the best known woodcarvers in the UK. His relaxed and easy style has made him a regular at demonstrations and courses throughout the UK. He came to our club last year and took as through all the different stages of carving, starting at a very basic level and finishing with three dimensional and relief carving. It will be interesting to see what he has to show us this time.

26 June Hands on    
10 July Demonstration Ian Clarkson

Ian who is a Tree Surgeon by trade, is an old favourite of Sheffield Woodturning Club. He works from his home studio in picturesque Hebden Bridge in the southern Pennines, producing hollow forms, bowls, platters and sculptural forms, working almost entirely in British timbers. Finishes range from light oiling of the natural wood to metal leaf, coloured stains and blowtorching.  Many of his pieces are domestic in size but he also produces larger pieces suitable for reception areas, boardrooms, offertory plates and conversation pieces. He hasn’t been to us for a few years now so it will be interesting to see what he does. 

24 July Hands on    
14 August Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall, an old favourite of the club, is returning to give another of his very interesting demonstrations. He is most famous for making wooden hats, which he demonstrated to us in 2008 and again last year.
Andrew has taught woodworking and associated crafts to apprentices for over twenty years, and now teaches privately in his workshop at home.  He is an entertaining and relaxed presenter and his demonstrations are always interesting and very informative.

28 August Hands on    
11 September Demonstration Philip Greenwood Another first time visitor to our club, woodturning has been Philip’s way of life since 1986 and is a frequent demonstrator at clubs and shows in the North.  He  is a contributor to Woodturning magazine and since 2008 he has been a regular demonstrator at Harrogate.  Philip is going to turn wet, natural edge items.
25 September Hands on    
9 October Hands on
Elston Sawmill


23 October Demonstration Richard Findlay

Richard will be known by many of our members as a regular contributor to Woodturning Magazine. He qualified as a joiner after leaving school in 1996 and it was whilst working for his father that he discovered woodturning. He began by turning components for small pieces of furniture and he set up his company, ‘The Turner’s Workshop’, in 2006. His work ranges from small gift items, through bowls and turning for furniture, to large architectural items.

13 November Demonstration Mick Hanbury

Mick is well known by many of our members, not just as a regular visitor to the club, but also as a woodturning teacher. He has a large repertoire of work and is never afraid to experiment with new and innovative ideas. He always gets a large audience as his demonstrations are both lively and informative.

27 November Hands on    
11 December Demonstration
Elston Sawmill
Tony Wilson

Tony is well known to many club members for his ready wit and excellent demonstrations, which will often teach you new or better techniques for turning everyday items. This will be his 4th visit to our club, and is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

18 December Xmas Party Time