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What happened during 2009&2010







    Newly Elected Commitee

     John Blake             John Charnock             Jerome Kelleher

              Chairman                               Secretary                                      Treasurer






Chairmans report of General Meeting of The Pembrokeshire Woodturners held on 13th May 2010 at Foundry House, Orange Way, Pembroke.


The general meeting had been called to elect a committee and the ratify the clubs constitution. 


In October when we first started the Pembrokeshire Woodturners it was agreed that an interim committee be formed to steer the club for a period of 6 months, thus giving time to formulate a constitution and to facilitate joining the AWGB. The committee elected were myself as chairman, Jerome Kelleher as treasurer and John Charnock as secretary.


At the meeting on Thursday May 13th, I gave my report, a copy of which is available from me if any member not present at the meeting would like one.  Our Treasurer Jerome gave his report on the finances, again if any member not present needs a copy please contact Jerome.  John our secretary then outlined the proposed constitution as advised by the AWGB. After some discussion all members present voted in favour of adopting it in full.


Members then elected the present interim committee members to continue in their rolls in line with the new constitution. Members also elected Peter Aeinig to be the clubs "Events Officer" and I am sure we would all like to welcome Peter to that post. Peter's first input in that post was to decide that the June project/competition would be a "Bracelet" turned in any wood with any decoration, but taking into consideration the finish as they are worn next to skin.


The treasurer then talked about club membership fees and after some dicussion an annual membership subcription was adopted by all members present of Thirty Pounds. 


Any other business period followed where members raised various issues.


The formal meeting then ended and refreshments were taken.  Our thanks to Mary and Sonya for the cakes, delicious as always, tea and coffee.


There followed a "hands on" the lathe, mainly tackling the tricky skew until the dusting and brush up crew got to work. (I wonder if they do it at home?)


John Blake

Chairman Pembrokeshire Woodturners



Pembrokeshire Woodturners


Notes of AGM 13th May 10, 7-30pm



Apologies received from Jacob Humphries and Andrew Scott.



Attendance was 12 members including the Committee and 2 prospective members.


Chairman’s Report

John Blake gave a brief overview of the happenings since the club was formed last October.

The present committee was brought together at that time to serve an initial 6 months period up to this first General Meeting.

We started with 10 people and now have a membership of over 20 all of who are also members of the AWGB.


Treasurers Report

Jerome Kelleher detailed the fund raising and monthly subscription income that has given us now £189-50 in the kitty.


Proposed Constitution

The secretary John Charnock presented the proposed Constitution, there was some discussion regarding the period for Committee members holding office. It was agreed that the Constitution as presented would enable a secure handover within the rules of the AWGB to which we are affiliated.

Peter Einig proposed adoption of the document as presented; this was seconded by Myrddin Pynn and accepted unanimously.


Election of Committee

A proposal that the present Committee stand for election was presented by Peter Einig seconded by David Robinson and carried unanimously.


John Blake proposed Peter Einig as Events Manager seconded by Myrddin Pynn and carried unanimously.



Jerome identified the problem of collecting subs. and the varying income from meeting to meeting. To overcome this he proposed an annual subscription payable in June, 6 months after the AWGB subs. After some discussion regarding the level of subscription a figure of £30 per annum was proposed by Myrddin, seconded by Rob Barker and adopted unanimously.


There being no other formal business, the meeting closed 8-45 pm.


Bert Alexius won the monthly competition with a Laburnum box.


Next months competition is a Bangle.


Mays  Winner !!

 Bert Alexius's Pot 


What still no Rob...






Haverfordwest Library Display






Marathon results. 3hours 45mins


Congrats to Rob on great run


  Looking worried                          Team Rob                                             Triumphant




21c C Seedy Sale 10/04/2010

A lot of interest from the ladies





Report on "Seedy Saturday" at Pembroke 21c 10th April 2010


Pembrokeshire Woodturners attended the event at Foundry House, where a table dislaying members work for sale attracted interest and members demonstrated turning outside in the gloriuos sunshine.  That same sunshine, I'm afraid attracted people to do other things and attendance was poor.  On the bright side members who helped enjoyed some fun time on the lathe and were able to introduce visitors to their first experience of turning.  Many of those who "had a go" said they would perhaps like to attend our club nights in future with a view to taking up the art.


We also sold 50 quids worth of turnings for club funds.  My thanks got to Mary and Sonya for manning the table while the guy's played on the lathe, to Jerome for helping set up in the morning, Eddie for his blanks, Alan and Bert who each kept the lathe turning for a while and Peter for giving novices instruction and helping clear away after the event. Thanks also to all members who donated turnings for the sale.  Sorry we were not able to sell too many. Items donated but unsold will be available at our next meeting 13th May 2010, unless you need them sooner in which case give me a call to arrange collection.


Best regards


John Blake

Chairman Pembrokeshire Woodturners




          Eddie Eddison showing the            Leigh can turn an egg faster than  

            Tormec sharpening system                               you can boil one!!!




                                    Mark and peter solve a problem



                        Aprils Winner !! John Blake

                   What still no Rob...






Meeting of Pembrokeshire Woodturners 8th April 2010


At our meeting on Thursday 8th April 18 members attended together with 3 prospective new members, our Secretary is away so I'm doing the report.


A general discussion regarding the Saturday table sale and demo at Pembroke 21c several members volunteered their time to man the table and to do some turning.  The event starts at 10am and finishes at 4.00pm some members brought items for sale on our table, thank you !


Jerome our Treasurer informed the meeting we have paid for the new lathe and have a hundred pounds in funds excluding subs due this evening. Jerome also told the meeting about the plans to exhibit members work at the County Library in Haverfordwest during May.  The meeting was reminded that the AGM will be held on the 13th May 2010  the date for our next meeting and that the secretary will be sending members a copy of the proposed contitution and an agenda.  It was decided that the competition for next month is a lidded box. There being nothing else to report the members got to use the clubs new lathe and were shown the Tormec sharpening system by Eddie, a few members who brought tools went away with them quite a bit sharper.


There were 10 entries for the months competition which was for a natural edge,  members voted for the winner which I was pleased to say was mine, I really didn't bribe anyone !


Thanks again to Mary and Sonya for the wonderfull cakes which we all enjoyed at half time along with the coffee and tea. Thank you Eddie for demo of the Tormec, thanks also to everyone who helped clear up the shavings and pack the tools away.


See you all soon, good turning,


John Blake


Pictures from March meeting


  Our Very  Own Lathe                        Peter Aeinig

                                                                                with some basic techniques


                                                                         March's Winner !! 

                                                                    Haydn Bateman


                 March  Competition                                                  Entries                                                                                                      What no Rob...

                    (a coloured and or textured item)



Notes of meeting 11th March 2010


Seventeen members attended today’s meeting.


Peter Einig gave a very interesting talk covering “budget turning” explaining how the careful selection of tools and protective equipment can lead to enjoyable turning without spending a fortune.

Peter also demonstrated spindle and bowl turning.


Haydn Bateman won this month’s competition with a fine textured and coloured candlestick.


The competition piece for the next meeting is a  bowl with a natural edge.

 Next Meeting 8th April 2010.


Theme for the meeting:-  Hands on the New Lathe (Bring a tool)

                                           Sharpening  (Eddie Eddison)



Please remember to bring a piece of your work to be displayed in the Library at Haverfordwest during May.  Please mark your piece with your name and a price to be sold. 

You can let Jerome know what percentage of the sale price you wish to contribute to your Clubs funds if the item is sold.


Table top sale at Foundry House Saturday 10th April 12.30pm till 4.30pm. Pembrokeshire Woodturners have a table for this event, again let Jerome or John have your Turnings with your name a price for sale and what percentage of the sale price you wish to contribute to your Clubs funds if your item sells. Last sale we took over 50 pounds.  Wanted members to man the table. We have 21c's approval to do someTurning at this event. 


Pictures from Februaries meeting with George Forewaker



Februarys Winner !! Alan Carrier

Sorry Rob...


Other entries


Notes of meeting 11th February


Nineteen members attended today’s meeting.


George Foweraker was our guest demonstrator and demonstrated several techniques on texturing and colouring, members learned a great deal and all had an enjoyable evening.

George lives in Somerset and travelled a long way to demonstrate his techniques and being a new club George generously volunteered his time and expenses at no cost to the club, in recognition of this he was made an Honorary Member.

 Next Meeting 11th March 2010.


No demonstration for the next meeting so members to bring along any turning tools which are unusual for discussion.


The month’s competition is a coloured and textured item.



Wood Craft Fair ADvert

Toy-makers, wood-turners and lovespoon-carvers are taking over the Great Glasshouse for a weekend of demonstrations and displays at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The Garden’s Wood Craft Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday (January 23-24) – and admission is FREE.

Organiser (and exhibitor) Les Bryan said there will be lots to interest visitors: “It is a real treat to see carvers and turners in action. We have prestigious organisations like the British Woodcarvers’ Association and Tycroes Woodturning Club as well as some of South Wales’ best practitioners such as Swansea’s Tony Martin and his lovespoons; Mike Prankerd, from the Gower; and toy-maker John Allen.”

The event, which all takes place under cover in Lord Foster’s stunning Great Glasshouse, is open from 10am-4pm both days

For more information, phone 01558 668768 or go to gardenofwales.org.uk

Report from the fair by our roving reporter Rob Barker

    Went up to the Botanic gardens to the Wood show today, the wood show was in the main glasshouse and was very good, there were quite a few exhibits featuring woodcarvers mostly making lovespoons all of which were to a very high standard, there was stalls selling handmade toys , rustic furniture and wildlife/bird boxes,rustic items being made with traditional tools like draw knives etc...   A few woodturning stands and demonstrations  from different clubs like Ty Croes woodturners who were selling items like turning consumables and project kits and also items made by their approx 40 members plus giving demonstrtions on about four different tables themselves .
         By one woodturner named Les there was a very nice collection of spinning wheels made to a very high standard and by another craftsman more rustic made themed chairs like The Golf chair and The Snooker Chair to name but a few.
         It was a very nice way to spend a sunny but cold day at a beautiful setting, perhaps in the future we could have the Pembrokeshire Woodturners demo and stall !!!

Januarys Winner !! Rob Barker (again)


Other entries (Please note the Laurel log is winking!!!)



Notes of meeting 14th January 10



Eighteen people attended today’s meeting including 7 new, which is most encouraging.


 A proposed club Constitution was circulated for members to consider, a future meeting will be arranged to discuss this and other matters necessary for the smooth running of the club as we develop.


The “guest speaker” was Jacob Humphries a professionalwoodworking member of our club (Uniquework of Pembroke), who gave an informative talk covering the cutting and seasoning of wood. This developed into an exchange of views covering the different experiences of a wide range of members.


This months turning competition was won by Rob Barker (again) with an excellent babies rattle with captive rings. (At this moment a covert team is being assembled to disable his lathe)


The competition for February will be a Gavel.  The winning entry will become the clubs official meeting call to order.



Next Meeting: 11th February 2010


Our guest will be George Foweraker who is a turner, he comes from Somerset.




Hello Pembrokeshire Woodturners,


How good was it to have some sunshine today, Sunday 17th Jan, after the white out and cold of the previous week.  As you all know we had to postpone George Foweraker's demonstration at our last Thursday's meeting and I have arranged for him to visit us on our next meeting which will be Feb 11th at Foundry House, Pembroke.  Please make every effort to attend, that applies to non members too, it should be a memorable evening.


Our thanks to Jake Humphries who agreed at very short notice to give a talk on Timber Technology, which prompted a good deal of discussion amongst members who expressed their many preferences for preparing and treating wood for their turning projects.  Some members expressed a like to take "green" timber and rough turn to shape before setting them aside and allowing the wood to slowly dry for a good time before finish turning and applying a chosen finish.  A few liked ready seasoned timber and prepared blanks available at outlets like "Timberman" near Carmarthen, where Brian and his staff are always very helpfull.  Thanks again Jake for for your efforts.


I must say that on arrival at the meeting on Thursday I was pleasantly surprised to see seven new faces gathered around, you are all most welcome and hope you will enjoy our future meetings.


At our December meeting, application forms were handed out for membership of the AWGB and we asked that they be completed and brought to our January meeting, along with subscriptions.  I am happy to say we have a total of 18 who paid their subscritions and Jerome, our Treasurer has already sent off the forms and payment to AWGB.  We should have our membership cards etc soon, we will then be covered by the terms of the AWGB insurance plus all the other benefits.  Take a look at their website, a link can be found on our home page.


Our competition this month was to make something out of the "green" Laurel that Jerome brought in in December.  Some very tidy articles were judged by Leigh Rihan, who is a professional woodturner from West Pembrokeshire. He kindly offered (after a little pressure) to judge the turnings. After a critique on each item Leigh judged that Rob Barker's Rattle with captive rings was a worthy winner, with Eddie Eddisons Goblet a close second. 


Look out on the Pembrokeshire Woodturners web site for details of February's challenge.


Our Secretary, John Charnock has drawn up a  proposed constitution for the club drawn from parts of the Bristol and Avon Woodturners club, copies of which were handed around at our last meeting. Please read them through and give us your opinion.


Thanks again to Mary and Sonya for providing tea, coffee and cakes.


In the meantime Happy Turning, see you on the 11th February 7.30pm, Foundry House.


John Blake, Chairman, Pembrokeshire Woodturners.


Decembers Winner !! Llew with his bell






Notes of meeting 17th December 09


Ten members attended today’s meeting.


The meeting opened with a brief update of the craft table entered for the Foundry open afternoon. Very few members of the public attended but several items sold to the other stallholders, which saved the day, the outcome being: -

Items sold raised £57.

Table cost £5

Club funds now stand at £82.


The main part of the meeting was a detailed description of The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain  (AWGB) and the benefits of joining that association given by Martin Lawrence who is the South Regional Representative.


The benefits described include:

A member’s workshop insurance scheme.

A member’s discount scheme from various trades.

Member’s development through regional courses and seminars.

Quarterly magazine.

Grants for training.

More details available at the AWGB website www.woodturners.co.uk


Membership costs:

Individual      £16

Family          £26

Junior           £8

Anyone can join as an individual but all members of a club have to be members for that club to be affiliated to the Association.


Llew Rogers from Thomas Chapel won the competition judged by Martin Lawrence, a turned Christmas Bell.



Next Meeting: 14th January 2010


George Foweraker is a turner who will be demonstrating, he comes from Somerset.

December Meeting


Thanks to all members who came to our December meeting where we were addressed by Martin Lawrence of the AWGB. He explained the merits of Pembrokeshire Woodturners becoming affiliated or associate members of the AWGB and also gave us ideas on the type of activities we should be doing at club meetings and how to raise funds. Martin was tasked with judging our Christmas ornament competition giving a critique on each entry, the winner on the night was Llew Rogers with a superb bell.  Im sure we would all like to thank Martin for making the trip to Pembroke and for the information he passed on to us.  We must also thank the ladies for providing the refreshments which were much appreciated.


Next meeting will be on the 14th January 2010 at 7.30pm at Foundry House when we will have George Foweraker demonstrating his skill on the lathe. Non members are very welcome to come along to watch a master at work.  The cost to non members for the evening will be 4 pounds to include tea or coffee.


All present at the last meeting will have been offered a log of Laurel donated by our treasurer Jerome, the intention of which is to turn an object using the Laurel, anything is permited, we will ask George to select a winner.

Secratarys note




The Important ones (and me)                       Three Wise Men???


Despite a very disapointing customer attendance we still managed to raise £52.50 for our funds with a fine display of bowls, Christmas ornaments and various other pieces. 


Notes of meeting 12th November 09


Ten members attended today’s meeting.


All enjoyed a demonstration of tool sharpening by John Blake and Eddie Eddison using the Tormec system.


Following the meeting a short period of arm-twisting and thumbscrews produced an interim committee:


Chairman      John Blake

Treasurer      Jerome Kelleher

Secretary      John Charnock               


Monthly charges were agreed at £2 kitty and £1 raffle.

The groups name was agreed as Pembrokeshire Woodturners.

Rob Barker won this month’s competition, with a very fine goblet.   



How it all began by the Chairman



Since retiring and moving to Pembroke I have been enjoying my turning, one day mentioned to neighbour Eddie Eddison that it was an interest of mine and was surprised that not only did he enjoy the hobby but also had the same Jet 1642 lathe as I had.  We helped each other out with woodturning problems over a couple of years, learning different techniques like finishing, sharpening, etc from each other.  One day we talked about how there were no clubs or facilities nearby where our skills could be further advanced.  To that end I put an ad in the Western Telegraph in September 09 for anyone interested in Woodturning to contact me with a view to forming a club. Ten fellow turners answered the ad and we held our first meeting in October where it was decided to form Pembrokeshire Woodturners. As they say the rest is history!  


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