THE biggest woodturning club show in the South West is coming to Devon and is being hosted by the talented Woodbury Woodturners.
Its annual show will take place at Woodbury Village Hall on Saturday, August 17, from 10am to 4pm, and is sure to leave visitors amazed at the wide variety of work its members have so carefully crafted.
There will be three simultaneous demonstrations running all day with a host of different turners showcasing a wide range of crafts.
Visitors can see the competition entries and there will be work for sale, plus a wide variety of wood and materials. Exeter Woodcarving will also be showing off their skills.
Woodbury Woodturners membership secretary David Whitworth said: "In the past our annual shows have been visited by up to 450 people. This is around the 13th show we've done and they're always popular.
"Our club membership is around 135 people so it's a large club. Woodturning is continuing to thrive and there're many clubs across the country."
Nothing is impossible for the talented members of Woodbury Woodturners who are capable of creating everything from wooden wine stoppers to life-sized cribs.
Unlike some creative hobbies, which require a lot of time and effort to perfect, woodturners can create a masterpiece within hours.
And you do not fully appreciate the range of intricate shapes and designs that can be crafted until you see them before your eyes.
Woodturning differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it.
"You have a lathe and you put a piece of wood on the lathe and it turns," explains club chairman Stephen Long.
"You can turn bowls, spindles and other things. The good thing about woodturning is at the end of an afternoon's work you can come out with a finished piece. That's why a lot of people like it.
"You can get away with a basic kit of three things to get started: a lathe, turning tools, and a grinder to sharpen them with. It's also useful to have a bandsaw to cut the wood to size. You do end up with a shed load of tools!
"You can pick up the skills and techniques needed as you go along. I used to do engineering for a living, which uses the same principles, so I soon picked it up.
"A lot of people make objects such as bowls because that is the simplest thing to do. The hardest thing I have ever made, which also took the longest, was a crib with spindles for my granddaughter. It was 80 hours of work over a three-month period and it's now a family heirloom."
Stephen, from Exmouth, first attempted woodturning at school, then got back into it years later when he bought a lathe off a friend who was moving house.
Stephen recalled: "It was all new to me because it had changed a bit since my schooldays so I joined the Woodbury Woodturners to learn a bit more about it.
"Woodturning is a solitary hobby really because when you're at home on the lathe you tend to be in a shed. By joining the club you get to meet people with the same interest and it gives you a sense of camaraderie.
"It is a popular hobby and at the moment it does attract the older age group more, but we have got a few members in their 30s and we've also got about 10 ladies in the club."
Club nights are on the third Thursday of each month at Woodbury Village Hall from 7pm. Entry to its annual show is £1 for adults, under-12s free. Refreshments are available. For more details visit www.woodburywoodturners.org.uk