An Evening with the Woodturners

In 2014 Huddersfield and District Woodturners received a grant for £500 from the Longley Farm One Community Fund to buy some new equipment. On Thursday 23rd April we were warmly welcomed to join their hands on session at the Wooldale Community Centre, and to see where the grant had been spent.

To begin the evening, Chris Park, the club secretary, demonstrated how to make a doorstop with an acorn shaped handle, starting with a block of beech wood. Members could see Chris's handiwork in more detail as a live video stream was shown on a large video monitor - allowing everyone to see both sides of the lathe. This equipment was bought with the first grant provided through the One Community fund a couple of years ago.


(Jimmy Dickinson and Chairman Peter Donovan with lathe and video equipment)

After the demonstration we were presented with two beautfiul wooden pens, turned by veteran woodturner Doug. Doug has been practising the craft for many years and has recently taken the club's youngest member Carl (who is just 14) under his wing, and is teaching him the tricks of the trade.

Melvin's Handiwork

A short break for a brew gave us the opportunity to look at some of the members' work, and Carl's apple with an arrow through left everyone guessing how he had done it. Another member, Melvin, showed us the very first thing he turned when he joined the club a year ago, along with his more recent achievements including bowls, plant pots and a dreidel. It was amazing to see how quickly he had progressed with the help of more experienced members.

MelvinAfter the break it was time to have a go on the lathes. Piles of wood shavings and a lot of help from Melvin later, we had an acorn! It was a really memorable evening which showcased some of the incredible talent that goes into woodturning. It was wonderful to see how the grant money was being put to good use, and also to witness the great sense of community and support present in the group.

If you are interested in joining Huddersfield and District Woodturners, they meet every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm at Wooldale Community Centre. More information can be found on their website

If you have a local project or group that needs funding, you could consider applying for funding through One Community. More information can be found on their website Applications for the Longley Farm Fund open in July



Tools bought with the grant

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