Welcome to the news page of our website.  On this page we will try to bring you up to date news and comments on events and issues to do with our club.

21st October 2020

Please read below an email that has been sent to all members.  If you are not receiving our emails and you are a paid member of the club please email us and we will add you to the mailing list.

Many thanks to those who contributed to the recent bud vase challenge.  Charlie was delighted with the number of entries and found the interpretation of his challenge interesting.  Martins video is available on the news page of our website;

Charlie also tells me that he has been having a rummage through his workshop and has found some timber which he earmarked some years ago to make into walking sticks.  He asks if any member would like to have a go at making a walking stick, he is willing to give away this timber, free of charge.  If you are interested please reply to this email by Saturday 24th November and I will arrange the logistics.

Don’t forget our next zoom meeting is 7.30pm Tuesday 3rd November.  John Ingamells will email all members before the date, inviting you to join us.  It promises to be another interesting, relaxed meeting.  Please try to make yourself available for a great night in!

Now for the next challenge.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part 13 – The set of four coasters.

Charlie would like you to produce a set of four coasters.  He asks that you make them all the same size, with a slightly raised edge. He would like to see each coaster decorated with a different pattern.
Once you have made your four coasters you need to photograph them all and submit no more than two photos to the club email address; by 9pm Friday 30th November.  Club critic, Martin Clarkson, will produce his video for the website by Tuesday 3rd November.

21st October 2020

Please see below the latest Charlie’s Challenge – Part twelve – The bud vase.  Once again many thanks to club member and professional turner Martin Clarkson for producing the video.

9th October 2020

Here it is! The much awaited video by Martin Clarkson talking passionately about Charlie’s Challenge – Part eleven – The jewellery stand.
Once again we apologise for the late posting of this video, but the gremlins have been sorted and it’s good to go.

7th October 2020

Please read below a recent email sent to all club members.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing some technical difficulties and are unable to bring you Martin Clarkson’s latest Charlie’s Challenge video – The jewellery stand, on our website.  We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, we are able to bring you the video by our chairman, John Ingamells, which formed the backbone of our club zoom meeting last night.  If you were unable to get to the zoom meeting, or would like to watch John again, please visit the ‘past meetings’ page of our website. 

Although we can’t bring you Martin’s video yet, the show must go on.  So, president Charles Giles has released his latest challenge:

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Twelve – The Bud Vase.

Charlie would like all members to produce a bud vase.  He would like it to be a maximum of 8″ (20cm) tall and have a circumference of approximately 9″ (23cm). It needs to be able to hold a single flower stem and he asks that if you use a plain piece of wood, i.e. sycamore could you decorate it in some way?.  However, he does not expect decoration if you use an interesting piece of wood, i.e. yew.

Once you have completed your bud vase please photograph it with a rule in the frame to show scale.  Then send two different photos to our email address, to arrive no later than 9pm Friday 16th October.  

Many thanks in anticipation of your patience with regards to Martin’s video.

Take care

7th October 2020

Unfortunately were are currently experiencing some technical problems and are unable to bring you Martin Clarkson’s video of Charlie’s Challenge – part eleven – the jewellery stand.  We hope to have normal services resumed as soon as possible.
However, not to disappoint you too much we are able to bring you last nights zoom meeting video.  For those who were not able to log on, or for those wishing to watch our Chairman’s entertaining video again, please visit the past meetings page.  It’s a great video produced by the main man himself and well worth watching.

5th October 2020

Our club is saddened to hear of the passing of Mark Baker, editor of Woodturning Magazine.  On 2nd October Mark lost his battle with Cancer.  Mark was a great supporter of our club, having previously travelled for many hours to demonstrate to us, before making the arduous journey home. He was an outstanding turner, a dedicated editor and a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed.

2nd October 2020

Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, 6th October, members will receive an email soon inviting you to the meeting.  If you are struggling to use zoom or are a little apprehensive, take a look at this link suggested by one of our Zoom managers, Roy Manders.

Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection

20th September 2020

One of our club members, David Naylor has very kindly let us into his workshop.  He has produced the below video tour. Time to pop the kettle on, settle down and enjoy a snoop around Dave’s workshop.

If anyone else would like to give us a tour of their workshop or recording themselves turning an interesting project or anything else which may be of interest to other turners, please make contact through our email address and we will do everything we can to put you on the website.

16th September

Please read below a recent email sent to all members:

President Charles Giles was a little disappointed with the number of submissions for his table lamp challenge and hopes that it wasn’t his choice of challenge that put members off.  He has thought long and hard about his next topic and has decided to be very flexible this time.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Eleven – The Jewellery Stand.

Charlie would like you to produce a stand for ladies’ jewellery, it could be a ring minder or an ear-ring stand, it could even be a necklace stand, the choice is yours.   Charlie would like you to take two photos of your piece with a rule for scale and send them to the club email address by 9pm Friday 2nd October.

Good luck and take care,

15th September 2020

Please see below the latest Charlie’s Challenge video kindly produced by club member and professional turner Martin Clarkson.  


9th September 2020

Please read below an email sent to all members today.

Please see below some important club updates.

Co-vid 19

It is with regret that due to the government’s recent changes to the law and co-vid guidelines we have had to cancel our club open sessions planned for Tuesday 15th September and all future open sessions until further notice.  Our priority has always been and will continue to be the safety and wellbeing of our members.  We hope that you all remain safe and as soon as we are able to reinstate the open sessions, we will inform you by email, Facebook and the website.  

Zoom meetings

Our zoom meetings continue to grow, at the last meeting we had 30 members enjoying videos and a talk from Terry Smart from Chestnut Products.  Our next meeting is scheduled for 7.30pm Tuesday 6th October.  Chairman John Ingamells will email all members prior to the evening with the log on details.  If you are new to zoom and are unsure how to log on, or have any other concerns about joining these meetings, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you. 

Club shop  

The club shop remains open to all members.  As you know we stock most of Chestnut Products finishes, plus second-hand tools and a supply of turning blanks.  If you would like to make a purchase please give our Chairman John Ingamells a call between 6pm & 9pm Monday to Friday on 07860 713743 or 01522 810522 to arrange a visit to the shop.

Charlie’s challenge

Charlie’s challenges will continue to be a feature of the clubs’ activities whilst we are experiencing these co-vid 19 restrictions.  Please consider taking part, they are a great way to stay involved in the club and maybe improve your turning skills.  Details of Charlie’s latest challenge can be found on the website,

On behalf of your committee, stay safe and take care,

6th September 2020

All the photos of the platters submitted to the recent Charlie’s Challenge have been loaded onto the gallery page for you to look at.

Don’t forget that the club shop remains open, you just need to contact our Chairman John Ingamells between 6pm & 9pm on:
01522 810522
07860 713743

As you are aware the club stocks many of Chestnut Products finishes etc. We also have a few second-hand tools and plenty of wood to inspire your next project. Please give John a call and pop to the shop to buy your blanks and have a chat with our great Chairman.

2nd September 2020

Please read below an email that was sent to all members today:

A very enjoyable evening was had by all who attended the club zoom meeting last night.  Terry Smart from Chestnut products gave a very informative talk and showed several videos on various finishes, polishes and techniques. 

Martin Clarkson has produced his latest critique video on Charlie’s Challenge – The decorated platted is now available to watch on the news page of our website.

Club president Charles Giles has set his latest challenge, which when completed needs to be photographed twice with a rule for scale and sent to our club email address by 9pm Friday 11th September. 

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Ten – The table lamp.

It’s back to spindle work this time as Charlie would like all members to produce a table lamp.  He does not expect any fitments or lampshade and there is no restriction on the size of it.

1st September 2020

Here’s the much awaited video by Martin Clarkson where he talks about Charlie’s Challenge – Part Nine – The Decorated Platter.  Thanks again to Martin for all the work he puts into these videos and the information that he shares with us all.

21st September 2020

Please read below a recent email sent to all club members that we hold email addresses for.

We are now taking bookings for our next members open sessions day on Tuesday 15th September, we will be running three sessions;
11.30am – 1.30pm
2pm – 4pm
4.30pm – 6.30pm

There will be two lathes for members to use and we are hopeful that Martin Clarkson will be available to give short demonstrations.  We will have the sharpening table out again, so you will be able have tips on the art of sharpening.  The club shop will be open selling a limited amount of wood, together with all the usual Chestnut Products and some second-hand tools.

Places on each session has to be limited to 12 to conform with social distancing and PPE must be worn.  You can book yourself a place on one of the three sessions by emailing us at or

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th, but before then we will be holding a zoom meeting on the 1st September, details of which will be forwarded to you prior to the meeting.

19th August 2020

Our next zoom meeting will take place Tuesday 1st September.  We will be joined by our good friend, Terry Smart from Chestnut Products.  We will email you all prior to the evening with log in details.

Terry has produced many ‘Finishing School Episodes’, which you may have seen in Woodturning Magazine, and has kindly given us permission to put all those episodes onto our website.  Please click on the below link to access the episodes and thereby improve your finishing skills.  Please remember that our club shop stocks many of Chestnut Products items at very competitive prices.

Link to Finishing School

19th August 2020

Please see below a recent email sent to all members:

Thanks to all who attended the open sessions yesterday in Chairman John’s garden.  It was good to catch up with everyone. There is a short report about the day on the ‘past meetings’ page of the website.  We intend to hold another member’s sessions day in September, details will be released very soon.

We will be holding a club zoom meeting on Tuesday 1st September, with a special guest.  Terry Smart from Chestnut Products will be joining us for the evening.  You will receive an email prior to the event giving you the log in details.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Eight – The Apple has been critiqued by Martin and is now available for viewing on the news page of the website

I can now release Charlie’s Challenge – Part Nine – The Decorated Platter.

Charlie would like all members to produce a decorated platter, there is no size limit and he has left the decorated feature to your discretion, but he would like it to be decorated in some way.

When you have completed this challenge can you please send two photographs, with rule for sizing, to the club email address by 9pm Friday 28th August.  Martin will once again critique the work and his video will hopefully be on the website for Tuesday 1st September.

19th August 2020

Yesterday we held our second open day for members.  Please read a report on the great day on our past meeting page.

19th August 2020

Please see below the latest critique video produced by Martin Clarkson, were he talks passionately about Charlies Challenge – Part Eight – The Apple.

5th August 2020

Please find below a recent email sent to all members.  As always, if you are not receiving the emails please contact us at and we will add you to our mailing list.

The committee were delighted with the second club Zoom meeting last night.  23 members signed in and enjoyed a sociable evening which include two videos about the ‘Oneway’ Wolverine grinding jig, together with a chat about the club and turning in general. Chairman John Ingamells hosted a great evening and special thanks must go to Roy Manders for his assistance with the videos.  We look forward to our next zoom meeting in September.  You will be emailed the details, including the log in details later this month.

There are still a few places left for our next members open sessions scheduled for the 18th August.  If you are interested in reserving a place please email the club

President Charles Giles has set his latest challenge which requires two photos of your finished piece with a rule for scale purposes.  These photos need to be forwarded to the club email address by 9pm Friday 14th August.

Charlie’s challenge is;

An apple, preferably the size of a cooking apple.  Charlie has also suggested that some of you may like to attempt some subtle colouring of the fruit.

Whilst speaking with Charlie, to receive his latest instruction, I was impressed to discover that all the challenges that he has set and will continue to set, have at some time, been completed by Charlie during his turning exploits.  So, he will never set a challenge that he hasn’t completed himself!  That confirms the pedigree of our President.

Please keep checking the website for regular updates.

4th August 2020

Here it is, the much awaited critique video of Charlie’s Challenge – Part Seven – The Egg Cups, produced by the man himself, President Charles Giles.

Great video, thanks Charlie and thanks to all the members who continue to support his challenges.  Charlie’s next challenge will be released tomorrow.

Don’t forget tonight’s Zoom meeting.  You should have received your log in details in the form of an email from John.

3rd August 2020

Club sponsorship officer, Pete Davies has posted the following message:


The club has again been generously sponsored by Axminster Tools of Nuneaton. You may recall that previously Axminster tools provided the Club with an Evolution SK114 chuck and a set of “C” jaws to fit the club lathe.

They have now continued their 2 year sponsorship and have sent the Club three boxes of Mirka abrasives, 3 tool posts and rests and 3 face plates for us to use on workshop nights.

Due to the present situation the committee have agreed with Axminster Tools that the two year deal will commence as soon as the Club can get back to our normal events.

Pete Davies

2nd August 2020

Club updates.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Seven – The Egg Cups
As you are probably aware, Martin Clarkson is not available this week to critique the egg cups, so with no expense spared we have asked a well respected turner to make a guest appearance for us.  I am pleased to announce that Club President Charles Giles has produced his very own video speaking about all the submissions to his challenge.  Charlie’s video will be available to watch on this page on Tuesday 4th August.

Club members open sessions
Following the success of our first open sessions for club members in July, we are pleased to remind you of our second open session scheduled for 18th August.  We will have three sessions 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm.  Due to social distancing, places are limited and are being booked very quickly.  If you would like to secure yourself a place please email us at or stating which session you would like to attend.  We will then confirm your place by return email. 

Proposed resin evening
We are keen to hold ‘resin’ evenings focusing on how to stabilize cracked timber with resin, giving members the opportunity to learn about mixing resin to produce test pieces for them to try turning at home.  These evening will have to limited to six members, so if you would like to register an interest please email us at or

Club Zoom meeting
Our next club Zoom meeting has been scheduled for this coming Tuesday, 4th August.  Chairman John Ingamells has already emailed all members with log in details.  John, with the help of Roy Manders, will be hosting the meeting.  It is intended to talk and show a short video on the ‘Oneway’ sharpening system.  There will also be a chance to talk about the club and how we are managing during these challenging times.  

Club meeting at Leasingham
The committee have decided to cancel all meetings that had been scheduled at our Leasingham Village Hall venue until December 2020.  We will continue to monitor the situation in accordance with government guidelines and keep you informed via our website, Facebook and through emails.

29th July 2020

Below is a recent email sent to all members of the club.

Our next Open Day will be held on Tuesday 18th August at John’s House with two afternoon sessions and one in the evening, sessions are 12.30 – 2pm, 3 – 5pm and 5.30 – 7.30pm.

We will have to restrict participants to a maximum of 12 current paid up members per session to maintain social distancing.

There will be 3 lathes available with a responsible member looking after each lathe, to ensure safe operation and tool use. As a responsible Club we are duty bound to ensure our members stay safe and, in accordance with this requirement for our Club Insurance, we ask all participants to sign a Notice of Risk.

We also ask that you provide your own protective equipment, Covid PPE(Masks and Gloves, which should be worn at all times) and your own tools if you wish to use a lathe. The lathes are thoroughly cleaned with Anti-Bacterial spray after each session.

We are conscious of the need to make sure that the use of tools are carried out in a safe manner and may intervene to help you to present the tools correctly and safely. We will have at least two sharpening systems available and will offer help in getting the correct grind on your tools.

Could we ask that all participants wear their Club Badges, to make sure that we all know who we are talking to?  

The next Club Zoom meeting will be on Tuesday 4th August at 7.30 – 9pm, please email so that we can send you an invite to the meeting.

We are proposing to hold an evening session, soon, about using resin to stabilise cracks in bowl blanks and to give the opportunity for members to try out resin mixing and making test pieces for them to turn at home. The session will be limited to 6 participants per evening and, dependent on the interest shown we will run additional sessions at a later date.

Please note that participants in the Open Day and Resin Course will only be open to members holding 2020 membership and new members.

Could you please send an email to the club email address or my email showing if you want to attend the open day and which session you are available for.

Also please let us know if you want to attend the Resin evening so that we can organise the number of attendees for each session.

26th July 2020

Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners – Membership Notice

We hope that our members have been enjoying the Charlie’s Challenge critique videos and the sterling efforts of the participants. We are very pleased to see the interest shown, in the work of our members and the excellent standard of entries.

We have also been very pleased by the attendance and enthusiasm shown, for our initial Zoom meeting, which we intend holding on a regular basis.

The ‘Open Day Get Together’, held last Tuesday, was a great success, which we will be repeating in August, weather and interest permitting.

We are aware that our email circulation notices, for such events, are not being seen by all, as some members are not registered with email addresses. Currently, there are also 23 members from our 2019 membership who will be missing out, as their 2020 subscriptions were not paid up, during the three month period before lockdown. Unfortunately, they are not being included in the circulation list.

The committee has agreed that 2021 subscriptions, for all registered 2020 paid up members, will be without charge, as a thank you for their on-going support. Any new members, this year, will be afforded full membership rights but, will have to pay the appropriate subscriptions for continued 2021 membership.

If you wish to be included in the email circulation could you please contact the Club on our email address: with your full name, home and email address, post code and phone numbers.

For those 2019 members who wish to continue membership with the Club, please email your full details and we will advise you on how to pay your 2020 subscription, details of which are on the Club website:

Best Regards from the Club Committee

22nd July 2020

Please read below the recent email sent to all members.  

As you are all aware the club held its first meeting yesterday, since the arrival of Co-vid 19.  Thanks to our chairman, John Ingamells, we held three two-hour outdoor sessions at his home in the heart of Lincolnshire.  Members were able to book a place via email and then experience a fun, social get together, with a large dose of turning and sharpening thrown in for good measure. We also opened the club shop selling tools, Chestnut Products and wood.  Please visit the news page of our website to view some photos of the event.
The committee were delighted with how the day went and were pleased how everyone respected our co-vid safety measures, thereby keeping everyone as safe as we possibly could
As the day was so successful, we are keen to hold more before the weather gets the better of us.  Details will be emailed to you and will as always, appear on the news page of our website.  Unfortunately, these events will only be available to paid members of the club.

If you attend one of these sessions, we would be pleased to hear what you thought to it.  We would appreciate your feedback via email:

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Six has once again been a huge success and Martin’s critique video is available for viewing on the news page of our website.

It is now time to launch President Charles Giles latest challenge.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Seven will be:

Four turned egg cups presented on a turned plate.  Charlie would like to see the egg cups produced in four or two different woods, if possible.

There will be no requirement to include a rule for scale in your two photographs. Please email your two photographs to the club, by 9pm Friday 31st July.

Unfortunately, Martin is unable to critique this challenge, so we are currently in discussion with a guest turner to do the honours.

22nd July 2020

We are very sorry for the delay in getting Martin’s critique onto the website, but here it is and it’s well worth the wait.  Settle down and enjoy his video of Charlie’s Challenge – Part Six – The Goblet

21st July 2020

Today we welcomed the club back to it’s first meeting since February.  We held three outdoor sessions at Navenby for members to come together.  We had two lathes and two sharpening systems in operation as well as a free flow of tea and coffee.  The club shop was open selling all the usual Chestnut Products, tools and wood, all at very competitive prices.  It was great to catch up with friends, socialise and talk all things turning.  Club critique Martin Clarkson gave out some very useful advice, whilst amazing us with his turning skills.
It was good to see our club president Charlie back at the lathe, giving free advice on how to impress with his challenges.

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The committee were delighted with the days events and will be keen to organise another outdoor session in August, we will keep you updated here on the news page and through email.  
If you attended today we would appreciate your feedback via email; lincsturners
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21st July 2020

For those who have visited this page hoping to watch Martin’s critique of Charlie’s Challenge -Part Six – The Stemmed Goblet, we have to apologise.  Unfortunately due to a technical problem we have not been able to prepare the video for tonight.  It is hoped that the video will be available for viewing tomorrow evening.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.

16th July 2020

We had an excellent first Zoom meeting on Tuesday Night with 24 participants, it was great to be able to see and chat with so many friends including a number of new members. We talked about what topics would be of interest, that we could either video or use online videos to demonstrate the topic. These could be shown during the Zoom meeting and would allow further discussion, they would also be available for posting on the website but without the interaction!

Chairman John has proposed that we hold an open day, next Tuesday, 21st July in the garden at his house. The idea is that we would have at least two lathes running, under Gazebo cover! As a precaution against our changeable weather, however if it is forecasting rain we would postpone the event. The idea is that we have three time slots, 10am – Noon, 12.30pm -2.30pm and 3pm – 5pm with 15 participants at each session (as a safety precaution). We intend to cover a variety of aspects of woodturning, for all abilities, such as tool use, types of tools used, when to use them and how to sharpen them. Several of us will bring our Grinders and Jigs to show what we use and how we use them. If anyone uses either a Tormek, Tru-grind or Robert Sorby sharpening system and would like to demonstrate them they would be most welcome. Tea and Coffee will be provided!

For those members who are working during the day we will have a session from 5.30pm – 8.00pm on the same day with the same attendee number restrictions.

Could you let us know by email if you are interested and when, so that we can allocate the time slots (first come, first allocated ;)) )

Dependant upon the take-up of the open day we will arrange further days to accommodate those unable to attend next Tuesday or those that don’t get an allocated time slot.

Please contact us on the following email addresses:;;; 

15th July 2020

As you are aware the club shop, thanks to John Ingamells, is open for business.  We have now put a selection of photographs of some second-hand tools etc. on the shop page.  Please take time to have a look and then give John a call to make a purchase.

14th July 2020

Many of you will have seen the boots submitted as a wild card entry into Charlie’s Challenge.  Harry Cleworth, who submitted the design has kindly sent the following photo’s with instructions on how to produce the boots.

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Should anyone else wish to share their ideas and techniques please send you photos and instructions to

8th July 2020

Please see the below email sent to all members with regards to President Charles Giles’s latest challenge.

Hi All,

Thanks to all who took part in Charlie’s Challenge – Part Five – The Wild Card.  Martin’s fantastic video is now on the website for you watch. We now move on to Charlie’s next challenge which needs to be photographed twice with a rule to give an idea of its size.  These photo’s need to be submitted to the club email address, by 9pm Friday 17th July 2020.
So, Charlie’s Challenge – Part Six will be:

A thin stemmed goblet, with or without captive rings.  The goblet needs to be approximately 7″ high if your wood supply permits, if it doesn’t don’t worry you can still submit your work.

There we go guy’s, time to get into you workshop and start making those shavings.

7th July 2020

It’s workshop night tonight and it’s unfortunate that once again we won’t be able to meet at Leasingham.  However, we do have another extremely informative video to watch.  Martin Clarkson has once again critiqued the pieces submitted to Charlie’s Challenge – part five – the wild card.  Settle down and allow yourself 30 minutes turning time.

5th July 2020

Great News Charlie Ridley’s grandchildren have come to the rescue, so you can all enjoy his workshop tour. 

4th July 2020

Below is a copy of a recent email sent to all members

Hi All,

The club shop stocks many of the items sold by Chestnut Products at exceptional prices and we are pleased to announce that with great support from our chairman, John Ingamells the shop is now open. If you would like to make a purchase, call john on either of the below numbers between 6pm & 9pm seven days a week.  John will then sort out your order and arrange to have it prepared for you collect from his home, social distancing rules apply!  The club also has a reasonable supply of wood, so John is prepared to discuss any requirements you may have in this department, all at good prices.

John can be contacted between 6pm& 9pm on:

01522 810522
07860 713743

Club member Charlie Ridley has taken up our recent request for more workshop tours.  Please visit the news page of our website for an interesting and informative tour.  If you would like to offer a tour of your own workshop to our members, please send your video to the club email address.

We have had a fantastic response to President Charlie’s latest challenge, the wild card.  The photos submitted are now in the hands of Martin Clarkson and his critique video will be available for all to watch on the club website news page on Tuesday evening, which should have been our workshop night.

27th June 2020

Please read below a recent email sent out to all members.  Please remember that you if you are a subscribed member of the club you are welcome to go onto our mailing list.  Just email us at

Your committee recently met and decided that following government guidelines, we will not be able to hold our usual meetings just yet.  We have therefore decided to cancel all meetings scheduled for July and August.  We will review the situation at the beginning of August for Septembers meeting and as yet have not made any decision with regards to the annual club show scheduled for 18th October.  We will keep you informed of any decisions made via email and on the club website.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that we are still accepting contributions to Charlie’s Challenge – Part Five – The Wild Card.  You have until 9pm next Friday, 3rd July to send your two photos to us.

We are keen to keep the club active, so if you visit the news page of our website you will be able to view a tour of one of our committee members workshop and a gallery of some of their work.  We are also looking for other members to submit tours of their workshop.

Take care, stay safe and keep turning.

27th June 2020


Here’s a new club idea for you to watch and get involved.  Committee member and workshop night favourite Norman Sanders has opened up his workshop and produced tour for us to have a look at where he produces his work.  Having watched the tour you will then be able to view a second video which is a gallery of some of his work.

Please contact us through email if you are inspired to produce a tour of your own workshop or gallery of your work.  We will then put it onto the website for all members to watch.


20th June 2020

The recent challenge set by our president, a pair of candlesticks, proved to be a difficult challenge for all those who submitted photographs.  One well respected member and experienced turner, who will remain anonymous, is keen to show what can happen if you allow your mind to wander whilst turning the neck of a candlestick. 

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It’s a basic mistake, which we have all probably made and will no doubt make again in the future. However, if you make this or any mistake, do not be embarrassed or disappointed, pick yourself up, learn from it and move on.  As in life, if you never make a mistake, you probably haven’t achieved much.

This turner had a cup of tea, laughed at himself and returned to the workshop to produce a wonderful pair of candlesticks.  Well done Mr Chairman.

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20th June 2020

All the photographs of the submissions to Charlie’s Challenge – Part Four – A pair of candlesticks, have now been uploaded on to the gallery page.  Congratulations and thanks to all that took part, they are all excellent and the quality of the photographs continues to improve.

17th June 2020

Club member Peter Higham has some dust extraction equipment for sale.  Take a look at the shop page for more information on how to get yourself a bargain.

17th June 2020

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Five

Club president Charles Giles has decided on his fifth challenge.  Please read below the email that has been sent to all club members who we hold email addresses for.  If you did not receive the email and would like to go on our members mailing list please contact us by emailing to

Hi All,

Club president Charles Giles appreciates that his last challenge was his most challenging to date.  He has therefore decided to give you all a free reign for his next challenge.  He is pleased to announce that Charlie’s Challenge – Part Five will be:

A wild card

That’s correct, for the next challenge you can produce whatever you wish.  There are no restrictions to this challenge, other than could you please include a tape measure or rule in your two photographs, so that our resident critique, Martin Clarkson can see the size of your work.

You now have until 9pm Friday 3rd July to submit your two photos of your turned piece to our email address,  Martins video will be on the website for Tuesday 7th July, which would have been our July Workshop Night.

16th June 2020

It’s club night and in these strange times once again we wont actually be meeting.  But fear not, 12 members have taken up Charlie’s challenge and Martin Clarkson has kindly produced another excellent video.  Pour that glass of wine, beer or cup of tea and enjoy 24 minutes of pure turning joy.


7th June 2020

Thanks to all the members who submitted exhibits for Charlie’s Challenge – Part Three – The Lidded Box.  All the photos submitted have now been uploaded onto our gallery page for all to see. 

5th June 2020

Do you remember the days when we could sell our turned items at craft fairs?  Now a days, many turners have moved to selling on ebay or esty (Other selling platforms are available).  The quality of your photographs could make all the difference between an sale or not.  In view of this, Harry Cleworth has written the following article to help get you ahead of the pack.  His advice could also be used to give you better photos for Charlie’s Challenge.  It is his intention to give you all the tips, for zero cost!

Taking photographs with a light box.

This idea is not new by any means, a light box has been around for years. Called a light box because prior to the digital camera. lights were fitted inside to illuminate the subject.  Lights are not required now but the name sticks. These photos were taken with an energy saving ceiling light in my computer room. Equal to a 60 watt bulb. The clever digital camera does the calculations and chooses all the settings required automatically. (Click on the individual photos to enlarge).























The 12 ball is now a desktop pen holder.

Here it is, the much anticipated Charlie’s Challenge – Part Four.

The following email has been forwarded to all members that we hold an email address for.  If you didn’t receive it and would like to go on our mailing list please send an email to

Hi all,

Our President Charles Giles has been thinking hard and has decided that, as you are all doing so well with the challenges, he has raised the bar slightly.  In order for you to act on Martin’s recent advice with regards to refining your spindle work, Charlie has decided that ‘Charlie’s Challenge – Part Four’ will be;

A pair of candlesticks.

You have until 9pm Friday 12th June to submit two photographs, complete with tape measure or rule to our club email address, 

Martin Clarkson will produce another stunning video about all the submissions, which will be uploaded to the club website news page by 7pm Tuesday 16th June, which should have been our June Club Night.

I would like to point out that all submissions to the challenge remain totally anonymous. However, we will encourage that submissions be brought along to the club/workshop nights when we finally meet, so that members can have a closer look at all the excellent work. 

Stay safe and keep turning

Kevin Walker

Committee member.


2nd June 2020

Tonight is workshop night and to compensate that we will not be meeting again, Martin Clarkson has produced another video for Charlie’s Challenge – Part Three – Lidded Box.
It’s an excellent video, full of informative advice to help improve your turning.  
Thanks to Martin and to all the members who have contributed.

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Four will be released tomorrow.




27th May 2020

Following on from Harry’s article on how to improve your photography, he has kindly sent a short reminder on how to get the best photo possible, with very little effort.
First photo has 3 faults. 1: Too much rubbish in the background. 2: Didn’t use the Zoom to get closer, in order to fill the frame. 3: Flash reflection.


Second photo is taken without background stuff, zoom was used to get in close.  A simple piece of A3 sized printing paper was used as a background and available light, so no flash bounce back.



25th May 2020

The following message is to all members from our president Charles Giles

I am impressed by the number of responses to my Charlie’s challenges, the small Bowls pictures which we received were impressive and of varying quality, but were all very well made. A professional turner a few years ago, reminded me that you only need one tool to make a bowl. To prove you are a turner you must turn between centres as he called it, this makes you use more tools. Thinking back to that advice I decided to challenge you all to use a few more of your tools and put your bowl gouge away in your tool box. The idea of a gavel was not entirely mine, Ann suggested a gavel and after discussion with a John Ingamells this became the next challenge. The response was extremely impressive with 18 entrants. Our judge Martin was impressed and gave lots of encouraging advice etc. 
My next challenge is a lidded box, size and shape is up to the entrants design. Do not forget the inside is just as important as the outside and the lid must fit snugly and enhance the overall design. More challenges will follow as long as required.
I am of an age to remember the Second World War and remember Winston Churchill’s speech that ended ‘We will never surrender’ this was a little bit like the present ‘War’ against that nasty virus, so please don’t despair, Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners will survive and return in due course. So keep smiling but most of all keep turning.
Charlie Giles

24th May 2020

Following on from the gavel challenge set by our president, all the gavels submitted now appear on the gallery page, for those who would like a closer look.

23rd May 2020

A note of caution.

The committee have received an email purportedly from John Ingamells, which was sent from ‘’ with the sunject line stating Chairman of the Committee.        
BEWARE! this email asks for money and could ask for up to £300.
Do not open it! Delete it straight away.

23rd May 2020

3rd place - Harry Cleworth.

Harry Cleworth (left).

Club member and retired club photographer Harry Cleworth, has kindly produced the following article on ‘Photographing your work’.  You may remember Harry, he bravely tamed the ‘Man- eating chicken’ at last years Christmas party!






Firstly let me introduce myself to those who do not already know me.

My name is Harry Cleworth Ex Royal Air Force Photographer, Also I am ex President of the Gibraltar Photographic Society and a few R.A.F. camera clubs as well. I Retired from the R.A.F.  in 1974 so I know most of the old stuff such as shutter speeds/F stops/depth of field/ISO settings and the effects of/contrast/over or under exposure/lighting and how to improvise.  Most of which is taken for granted nowadays since the invention of Digital cameras, all automatically done by these fantastic Digitals.
Nowadays almost everyone can be a photographer since all we have to do is switch on the camera, be it a smart phone or a DSLR.  Point it and press the button.  What we get is normally a correctly exposed photo, but grossly wide angle, shot from a standing position, a very sharp / great depth of field photo and loads of clearly seen rubbish in the background.
I know nothing about phone cameras except that were a zoom facility is provided and most do have this very few people appear to use it, the users tend to switch on the phone,  point and shoot, without even thinking about “Filling the frame” with what you want, instead of all the unwanted stuff that can be got rid of by using the Zoom, NOT by getting closer , distorting the photo and keeping the background rubbish.

So this week I will explain why we should use the Zoom & conclude with “Lighting” and a few tips on improving the lighting that is already available to us all. I do not intend this to be a Photographic monthly. Just a few tips on taking shots  for the Challenges.

Most phone camera users will as already mentioned switch on look through the viewfinder, select their subject and press the button.

I will concentrate mostly on items of woodturning and how I go about taking photos. No matter if you don’t agree, my methods work for me, just like the saying goes for woodturning, if it works for you then that’s fine but, don’t knock it until you have tried it.

1:            Bend your knees, you get a totally different photo this way,  you can look for any verticals and keep them vertical. look through the viewfinder and look left then right at what is in the frame. Stay were you are and Zoom in to get rid of unwanted stuff & concentrate on the subject.  This is not a MUST Do. Just try it if you are happy with the result then it is OK.

If not climb a ladder (Seriously) and look down at the subject . Place your nicely turned item on a bed of shavings or a white towel. Try both in-door and out-door, in the sun and in the shade. Why climb a ladder, well we are back to the Zoom again on phone cameras, just go up one or two steps Zoom right in as far as it will go FILL the frame with just the subject and press the button a few times.

Harry 1

2:            At standing level, if you get to close you may be spoiling the light with your own shadow, resulting in the auto selecting a slower shutter speed  or increasing the Iso.  Neither of which is wanted.  Yes the answer is , yet again the Zoom. When you use Zoom you need to be further away from your subject eliminating your own shadow being cast over the subject. Try placing the subject on a high place like the ladder, put a towel over the top of the ladder and place your subject on it. Now you have the sky as your background, try it and use the Zoom.

Harry 2

3:            Don’t take just one shot, move about and go slightly lower or slightly higher. ( I am talking just a few inches up or down you will be surprised at the results).  That’s if you knees will permit (Mine do not) but keep an eye on the background, verticals should be vertical, or don’t include the vertical if possible but verticals are everywhere you may say. I can show you how not to have ANY verticals at all, see no 2 above for just one of the ways.  You may find that a higher viewpoint  (looking down on your subject) is required to show off your woodturnings attributes. That’s OK but don’t block your light with your shadow. Take your White background, put it on the floor with the sunlight/or room light at it’s best then get high and shoot down, don’t forget the zoom.

4:            Look at what you have, don’t assume your photos are OK…..Check them and retake if necessary.

Lighting and background. 

1:            We have all got the same natural light, the Sun. Modern Digitals will compensate for brightness but not for positioning nor reflections.  All auto  settings should just simply deal with it.  BUT !  if a bright light, the sun or whatever is shining from say the left and putting the right  side into too much shade, that shaded area can be compensated for by having someone to hold for eg: a white towel. (This is were the other half comes in handy, she wont want you to dirty her nicely washed clean towel will she, so it’s a case of. “Will you hold this towel for me then I don’t get it dirty” you now have a photo assistant. There are professional reflectors but really the towel idea is just as good.

I will add an explanatory photo of this set-up. Again you will be surprised at the results.

Harry 3

2:            Should you be indoors then similar principles apply. On the Digital phone cameras the White Balance, Exposure, Iso and focussing are Auto. So you are left with lighting and the placing of your subject were you want it as above  A Matt finish background and side sheet are very useful for directing the light were you want it, a matt finish is vital or you will get reflections. A sheet of Polystyrene is also good.

3:            Have a look at the photos for more help.

I hope this helps members and good luck with your photography, any further advice that you think I may be able to help with I have no objection to you telephoning me or Emailing me. Both are available by emailing Kevin at

Now go make shavings and take some photos.


20th May 2020

Please see below the recent email which has been sent to all members we hold email addresses for:  

Our president Charles Giles is very pleased with how, you the members, have embraced his challenges.  He has contemplated all his options and has decided that his next challenge should be a lidded box.  There are no restrictions, it can be any size and shape but it must be a lidded box.

Hopefully the weather will cool down slightly and you will all be able to get into your workshops.  Once you have turned your lidded box, please take two photographs together with a rule to show size, one photo with the lid on and one with the lid off, then send them to our email address  Closing date for Charlie’s Challenge – Part Three is 9pm Friday 29th May.  Martin Clarkson has agreed to critique the work again and his video will be posted on the website for what should have been our Workshop Night on Tuesday 2nd June.

When we finish a piece of work, how many of us reach for our camera to record it?  In view of this and because we are asking for photos of your challenge pieces, we will soon be posting an article about ‘photographing your work’ on the website news page (  

Keep checking the website.

Take care, stay alert.

19th May 2020

Here it is! the most anticipated video in the world, well Lincolnshire.  Many thanks to those who submitted a gavel for Martin to talk about.  We are highly delighted that so many of you have taken part.  Martin speaks very well on the pro’s and con’s of turning a gavel and on turning in general.  So even if you are not interested in gavels, we strongly recommend that you watch all the video for general tip’s and advice.

Before you settle down to watch Martin, the committee would like to thank him for his commitment in helping to keep our club functioning in these challenging times and thanks again to those who have contributed.




16th May 2020

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Two is now closed to participants, however we are pleased to let you know that Martin Clarkson is casting his eye over the 18 gavels that have been submitted.  He will be working all weekend on his video and it is still anticipated that it will be loaded onto the website in time for our next Club Night, Tuesday 19th May.

14th May 2020

We are having a great response to Charlie’s Challenge – Part Two, thanks to all of you who have accepted his challenge and have already submitted your photographs.  If you haven’t turned a gavel yet, you still have until 9pm this Friday to get busy and submit your photos.  Martin Clarkson is poised, ready to study each gavel before producing his informative video, for what would have been our next club night on Tuesday 19th May.

11th May 2020

Please read below an email sent to all members.  If you are a member and did not receive the email, but would like to, please let us know by emailing us at

Hi All.

The committee hope that you and your family are keeping well in these difficult times.  In March we decided to postpone all club meetings until June at the earliest.  Obviously, we now need to extend this postponement until further notice.  Once we are able to hold our club and workshop nights and it’s safe to do so, we will update our website and facebook page, we will also send emails out to everyone.

In the meantime, are you having fun producing a gavel and taking part in Charlie’s Challenge?  We have already received some photos, which will be forwarded to Martin Clarkson for his comments.  We look forward to receiving even more.

The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, lead by Pat Carroll are doing their part in providing a service to members.  Pat is arranging live interactive demonstrations ‘Talking Turning’ via Zoom.  You can access these demonstrations using: Meeting ID 972 4429 8850, Password 042020

Tuesday, May 12th 7.30pm Harvey Meyer
Friday, May 15th 7.30pm Ligia Rodrigues, 8.30pm Paul Starr
Tuesday, May 19th 7.30pm Brian Flood, 8.30pm Richard Kennedy
Friday, May 22nd 7.30pm Neville Bailey, 8.30 Chris Parker
Tuesday 26th May 7.30 Jeff Hornung

Please check out the AWGB website for more information and activities.

Stay Alert!

6th May 2020

Charlie’s Challenge – Part Two

Charlie’s second challenge has been announced and emails have been sent to all the members that we hold emails for.  If you are a member and we do not have your email, but you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please send your details to
lincsturners  In the meantime, here’s the email that has been sent out regarding Charley’s challenge – part two.

Following the success of our pilot scheme, the committee are proud to announce that Charlie’s Challenge Round Two is now open to ALL members.  President Charles Giles has announced that his next challenge is an auctioneers gavel. He would like all members to turn a gavel, he does not wish you to make the block, just the gavel.  Once you have produced your gavel please send two photographs to this email address by 9pm Friday 15th May.  Martin Clarkson will then critic the gavels and his video will be uploaded onto the website for our next Club Night on Tuesday 19th May. If possible could your photos include a 6″ or 12″ rule, so that Martin can determine the size of each gavel.
Please remember, this is not a competition, there are no winners or looses, it is purely a challenge and one way to keep our club active during these strange times. So why not get involved, do a bit of spindle turning and send your photos in.

4th May 2020

Here’s the much awaited first edition of our (President) Charlie’s Challenge.  Please remember this is not a competition, it is purely a challenge set by Charlie to our six ‘pilot’ turners, to turn a bowl measuring 6 to 8″ in diameter.  Club member and professional turner, Martin Clarkson has reviewed all the bowls and produced this wonderful video.

Many thanks to Martin and our six members.  Now sit back and enjoy.


28th April 2020

Woodturning Magazine

My woodturning magazine was a little late arriving this month, not a surprise considering the amount of extra work Royal Mail are having to take on at the moment.  However, it was well worth the wait, as on page 53 there is an excellent feature article about our very own Ray Blake.  Ray only took up turning in 2017 and realising that he wanted to learn more he joined our club, bought his first lathe and the rest as they say is history.  Having joined the club, following the retirement of Harry Cleworth, he took on the role of club photographer. Since then he has joined the committee and earlier this year agreed to become our club secretary. Last December he also became Rowan Champion of the year 2019.  

It’s been a hectic 3 years of turning for Ray, who can now add a feature article in the leading international Woodturning publication to his CV.  If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, please make sure you do and enjoy an interesting read about our secretary and friend, you will not be disappointed.

27th April 2020

The ‘pilot turners’ are working hard and two of them have already submitted their challenge photographs.  It’s looking like a great challenge set by our president Charlie.  We are anticipating that the other four will be submitting their pieces by this Saturday.  Martin Clarkson is set ready to give his comments and then hopefully we will be posting his piece here, on our news page by Tuesday 5th May, which would have been our workshop evening.

22nd April 2020

Our six ‘pilot turners’ are now busy in their workshops producing the first President Challenge, a 6″ to 8″ bowl.  Once completed they will be sending us two photos for uploading onto the website and sending to our critic professional turner, Martin Clarkson.  Martin will then produce a video for the website, where he talks about the six bowls.  
Keep checking the News page for updates on how the club is progressing.

20th April 2020

Please see below a recent email that has been sent from the committee to all paid up club members for whom we hold an email address.  If you are a paid up member, did not receive the email and would like to receive future emails, please send your details to us at

email reads:
Hi All,

The coronavirus is affecting us all and causing hard times for everyone, so in a positive response to these challenging times your committee are keen to bring about some form of turning normality, all be it in a different concept.

Whilst we are unable to meet as usual, we do feel that we can still provide you with some entertainment and inspiration.  We are currently piloting a club challenge to six members, with the hope that should it be a success we will extend it to all members who have email addresses.

This is how we anticipate it working:

Club president Charles Giles has challenges six members who were active in last year’s competitions to make a 6″ to 8″ bowl.  These members will have about 12 days to produce their bowls and send two photos of the finished item to the club email address.  These entries will then be posted on the club website ( and Facebook page for all to view by the 4th of May.  Professional turner and club member Martin Clarkson will then examine the photos of the six bowls.  Martin will hopefully produce a short video film giving his comments on all the bowls.  It is hoped that this video will be uploaded onto the web page and Facebook page for all to watch.

The six members who have been challenged are, Chris Backwell, Roy Manners and Stuart Fletcher from the Rowan class and Norman Sanders, Graham Black and Tina Johnson, from the Oak class.

As we have already stated this is a pilot scheme, so there may be some teething problems, please bear with us and keep checking the website and Facebook page for updates.

With social distancing set to be around for many more months, your committee is looking at how to adapt and progress the club.  We held a special committee meeting recently using the Zoom App and as well as discussing the presidents challenge, we are considering the introduction of a virtual club meeting which could include a short demonstration.  This would probably take place over the Zoom App, so a little forward planning by yourself to get on Zoom could be a good idea. Zoom is an app which can be downloaded for free. Type ‘Zoom free download’ into your search engine and follow the link.

Now we need your help. If you have an idea which we could implement during this difficult time, please let us know. You can contact any committee member; details are on the website or send us an email.

We will keep you posted by email, website and Facebook with regards to how our club is progressing, but we want you all to know, we guarantee that at the end of this pandemic the club will still be functioning and will get back to normal as soon as it is safely possible.

On behalf of your committee please stay safe, stay at home, and keep turning.

Kevin Walker
Committee Member

24th March 2020

We hope all our members and guests are keeping well.  We are able to inform you all that although the club will not be meeting in the foreseeable future, the committee has been and will continue to work during these extraordinary circumstances to improve your club.

Prior to the recent lock down we have been able to purchase some tools for the club.  We have also been busy securing some new storage facilities at our existing site, so it’s been all hands on deck sorting it out and moving the equipment in.
We recently had a committee meeting where we overhauled our health and safety policy.  We also discussed how to keep our club pro-active and forward thinking.

We are also proud to announce that our sponsors, Axminster Tools & Machinery, J Carr and Sons Ltd and Chestnut Products have all agreed to continue their sponsorship for another two years.  Thanks to these three companies for their valued support.

We continue to think of you all at these troubled times and will put more news on this website over the next few weeks.  In the meantime, stay safe and keep turning.

12th March 2020

Regretfully, the Club has decided to cancel all Club and Workshop Nights for the next 3 months due to concern for the health of our Club Members. We will not meet again until 16th June, at the earliest.

We will make updates here on the website and on our Facebook page.

11th March 2020

The Midland Woodworking Show scheduled for 27th & 28th March 2020 has been postponed to the 19th & 20th June 2020, due to Coronavirus.  More information can be obtained from their website

21st February 2020

Show Secretary, Alan Cramer addressed the members at the recent club night to inform all that the club will once again have a display at the Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show at Newark Show Ground on 27th and 28th March.  Alan is asking for turned items which can be displayed at the show.  Ideally we require items turned by all abilities, showcasing what we are capable of at our club.  If you are able to loan items for the display please bring them to the next club night and please put your name on a sticker and attach it to the underside of your piece.

If you fancy coming along to the show tickets can be purchased in advance from the organisers.


20th February 2020

Another great club night at Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners.  Unfortunately our expected demonstrator, Peter Tree was unable to attend as his workshop had become victim to storm Dennis and was under several feet of water.  Our thoughts go out to Peter and all those effected by the recent weather problems. Thankfully Peter Hallam kindly agreed to step up to the mark with just 24 hours notice!
Peter gave a great demonstration, for more information and photos please visit our past meeting page.
We had a great amount of entries into both competitions, thanks must go to all those who entered.  The results and photos can be seen at our competitions page.
Charley and Tom once again ran an excellent raffle with some stunning prizes and we must also thank Jim and Richard for providing the half time refreshments.
All in all it was a wonderful night, thoroughly enjoyed by the 72 members and guests who turned out on a wet miserable winters night.

22nd January 2020

Normal service has been resumed at the Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners as we welcomed in 2020 with our Annual General Meeting at the club last night.  This was followed by a great demonstration from Pole Lathe Turner, Mike Ashton.  More information is available on our past meetings page.

5th January 2020

Happy New Year to all members and fellow turners, lets make 2020 a great year for the club.

Can we remind everyone that there is no workshop night on the 7th January.  We will be back to normal business on 21st January with our AGM and a demonstration on pole lathe turning.  We look forwards to see everyone there.

19th December 2019

We held a very successful and entertaining Christmas party this week, the highlight being an interesting talk from Nick Brown, Head Ranger at National Trust Belton House.  We also presented the annual awards, as well as holding our fantastic Christmas raffle. For more information on a great night please visit our past meetings page.

27th November 2019

Norman Sanders has put up for sale a compound mitre saw and a Record Power lathe.  Visit our shop page for more information.


20th November 2019

At our recent club night photographer Ray Blake spoke about a finish that had been recommended to him called ‘Shine Juice’.  For those who are interested the mixture is 1/3 Shellac, 1/3 Meths and 1/3 boiled linseed oil.  Mix it all together, use a piece of kitchen roll to put it on the item and allow the lathe to heat it up.  Apparently the finish is stunning.

19th November 2019

As is normal practise there will be no Workshop Night in January 2020.  Workshop night will return in February 2020.

24th October 2019

Our club photographer, Ray Blake was exceptionally busy last Sunday at our annual show.  To view his work please go to our gallery page. Click on any of the photographs to enlarge them.

21st October 2019

We held our annual open day last weekend and we are pleased to report that it was an exceptional day.  A full report will appear soon on our past meetings page very soon.

23rd August 2019

The club is arranging a visit to Ashley Iles tool factory. If you are keen to go on the visit, which will be in September, please email us at

22nd August 2019

Our demonstrator secretary, Peter Davies is pleased to announce that next years diary is almost complete.  To view who’s coming to demonstrate to us, please visit the diary page and scroll down past this years diary.

8th August 2019

Please be aware that we have a change of demonstrator at our next club night on Tuesday 20th August.  Andrew Hall will now be entertaining us with his turning skills and completing the evening with some music from his blues bowl.  It promises to be another great night at the Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners, so make it a date and get along to the village hall in Leasingham.

18th July 2019

If you’re not going to the Chestnut Weekender event on the 3rd & 4th August, you could visit the Skopwick Village Summer Fair, which takes place between 2pm & 4pm on Saturday 3rd August.  We will be having a stall at the event, encouraging members of the public to have a go at turning.  If you do visit, make sure to pop over and have a chat. 

13th July 2019

Our ‘Display table’ is proving to be a hit with many members.  Why don’t you bring something to our next meeting to inspire others.  You could display that interesting piece that you have made which will provoke some interesting conversation. GO ON – DO IT!!



12th July 2019

Have you heard about the new, exciting woodturning event?  Woodturning Weekender is a new venture organised by our old friend Terry Smart at Chestnut Products.  It’s taking place on the 3rd & 4th August, just down the road from our club at Springfields Event Centre, Spalding.  Not only is it going to be a great weekend, with professional demonstrators but our club will also be there!  Terry has asked if we will have a stand and use a couple of our lathes to demonstrate whilst the professional take a well earned break.  Why not treat yourself to a great day out.

For more information visit Chestnuts website

12th April 2019

Committee member Tony Maddox has taken the decision to


Tony passing on his advice to a club member.

step down from the committee.  Tony has always been keen to use his vast experience to help manage the club.  As most of you are aware, Tony is an exceptional turner and we are pleased to announce that although he is stepping down from the committee, he will continue to be an active member of the club and will still share his knowledge and experience at both workshop and club evenings.
The committee wish to put on record their thanks to Tony for all the hard work he has undertaken whilst on the committee.


2018 Club Champion Norman receiving the trophy from John Ingamells.

2018 Club Champion Norman receiving the trophy from John Ingamells.



Norman Sanders has agreed to be co-opted onto the committee with immediate effect.  Norman joins the committee with a vast amount of experience in turning, as well as being the current club champion.





24th March 2019

The club has had two very successful days at the Midlands Woodworking and Power Tools Show at Newark.  Thanks to Colin Wilson, Peter Davies, Geoff Ventress, Tony Maddox and Alan Cramer for taking to the lathes to demonstrate our great craft.  Other members stood for two days promoting and encouraging would be turners to come along and try our club.

Thanks to all the members that called on us to say ‘hello’, it was good to see you all and we hope you enjoyed watching the many professional turners  who were present for the two days.

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20th March 2019

Following last nights great club night, the committee now turn their attention to the Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show which takes place this Friday and Saturday at Newark Showground.  Our club has once again be asked to have a stand at the growing event.  We will have two lathes in operation demonstrating, together with an exhibition of turned items.  Committee members will be on hand to promote our growing club and encourage potential members to come along to our club and workshop nights. If you are coming to the show, be sure to pay us a visit.  We are on our usual stand, number 81.

19th March 2019

Over 60 members, guests and visitors attended this months club night, details of which can be found at our past meeting page.  There was an excellent turnout in the competitions, the results of which can be found on the competitions page.


6th March 2019

Once again we had a great workshop night, last night. The new display table provoked a great amount of discussion and light hearted banter.  Visit our past meetings page for more information.

Newark Woodworking Show

Once again, our club has been asked to demonstrate at the Newark Woodworking Show on 22nd & 23rd March 2019.  We are revamping our display this year and would like members to supply items to display.  We do not intend to sell your items, so please if you would like to loan a piece, please put a name label on the underside and give it to Alan Cramer prior to the 22nd March.
We have all the volunteers that we require for the two day show, but if you would like to buy tickets to attend please visit the organisers website at where you will be able to purchase your tickets at a discounted price.

19th February 2019

Unfortunately tonight’s guest demonstrator, Mathew Gardner is unable to join us due to ill health.  We are working very hard to find a replacement for Mathew and will still guarantee a great night out for you all.
May we take this opportunity to wish Mathew a speedy recovery and we look forward to him demonstrating at our club very soon.

6th February 2019

In an attempt to push our Facebook page, chairman John Ingamells and Facebook co-ordinator Ray Blake have produced a short video of John turning a piece of spalted wood.  Check it out and keep checking for future videos.

5th February 2019

Can we please make all members aware that due to the increase in the number of people attending our club nights, we now have to request that everyone enters the hall via the main entrance.  Please do not enter by the fire door, as this is only open for the demonstrator and Elston Sawmill to bring their equipment in.  To conform with the village halls health and safety regulations, can you sign in and pay Ann immediately.

Many thanks in anticipation of your assistance with this request.

4th February 2019

The Midlands Woodworking Show is fast approaching and we will be there!  Our club has once again been accepted at this show, which is on the 22nd & 23rd March 2019 at the Newark Showground.  Tickets can be purchased in advanced and at a discount by phoning the ticket hotline on 01749 813899. More information can be obtained by visiting the organisers website 

23rd December 2018

Once again we have made it in to Woodturning Magazine!!  Take a look on page 14 of issue 327 to read about our annual open day.  Many thanks to the editor Mark Baker for his continued support of our club.

22nd December 2018

The committee would like to wish all members, visitors and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.  We look forward to welcoming you all to our club and workshop nights in 2019.


20th December 2018

Our 2019 diary is now available on-line.  Please visit our diary page to see who’s visiting us next year.

19th December 2018

Our membership secretary Tom, would like to remind all members that your annual membership is now due.  The cost remains the same at £15 (£10 concessions).  Tom will be poised at the AGM to receive your payments.

18th December 2018


Congratulations to our 2018 oak open champion, Norman Sanders and rowan novice champion Charlie Ridley.  Both these talented gents received their awards at the Christmas party.  For a full report of the evening please visit our past meetings page.

Club champion 2018 - Norman Sanders.

Club champion 2018 – Norman Sanders.

Rowan novice champion 2018 - Charlie Ridley.

Rowan novice champion 2018 – Charlie Ridley.


10th December 2018

Have you had a look at our re-vamped Facebook page yet?  Really worth checking out, it’s a great way of keeping up to date with club issues and events.

9th December 2018

Sip planer for sale!!  Just £175 ONO!!  Have a look at the shop page for more information and grab yourself a bargain. 

5th December 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have updated and are re-launching our Facebook Page.  Club member and photographer Ray Blake has agreed to also take on the role of ‘Club Facebooker’.  Please visit the site and contribute to the success of the page and the club.  You can get to the Facebook Page by clicking on the link on our homepage.
Thanks must be expressed to Ray for taking on the role.

5th December 2018

Our December Club Night will be on Tuesday 18th December and will be our Christmas party night.
Alan Cramer will be demonstrating together with club friend and supporter Peter Tree, who will be demonstrating the art of gold leaf. There will be a buffet supper together with the Christmas raffle which once again will have lots prizes and a first prize of £100 CASH.
We will be presenting the prizes to the winners of the Rowan and Oak annual competition. 
There will be a light hearted competition for one month only, so if you a reluctant to enter throughout the year why not give the Christmas Comp a try?
Pop us in your diary and ‘Come on down’ for a great friendly festive night.

5th December 2018

Our membership Secretary Tommy would like to make everyone aware that annual membership is due for renewal in January.  His books are now open and he will accept payment immediately.  Please don’t run the risk of upsetting Tom by not paying promptly, dig deep into those pockets and find your £15 (£10 concessions) as soon as possible.


22nd November 2018

Some months ago you may recall Lincolnshire County Council contacted us to ask if members would be prepared to make some pears for volunteers who were retiring from their duties, which included looking after trees at Cross O’Cliff Orchard.  We approached some members to make pears out of pear wood supplied by the council.  We then had them mounted and returned back to the council.
We are pleased to inform you that these pears have now been gifted to the retiring volunteers and below is a photograph of two of the volunteers with their gifts.
Matthew Davey, Environment and Community Projects Officer at Lincolnshire County Council has asked if we could pass his thanks on to those concerned. 
Many thanks to all involved.


6th November 2018

At the latest workshop night all present posed for a group photo which is being forwarded to our sponsors for there publicity officers use.
The photo shows members and guests watching professional turner and club member Martin Clarkson from Tattershall.


24th October 2018

Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners in the Sleaford Standard

The following article regarding our club show appeared in the Sleaford Standard:

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22nd October 2018

Record crowds enjoy woodturning and craft show

We are pleased to announce that record crowds came to the club open day yesterday, and what a great day we had.  Tony Wilson, our guest turner entertained everyone with his expert demonstrating, together with his witty humour.  Several members kept the visitors entertained with their turnings.  50 visitors enjoyed our new ‘have-a-go’ venture on the club lathe, making themselves a Christmas tree decoration. 
Thanks must go to the ladies in the kitchen and to those who helped with baking cakes.
The stall holders who provided other crafts reported having had a good day, as did our President Charles Giles with the raffle.
Thanks to all involved and to those who supported us throughout the day.

Below is a selection of photographs of the day taken by club photographer, Ray Blake.  More photos can be viewed on the gallery page.

Young & old, they all had a great day

Young & old, they all had a great day

Tony Wilson entertained the crowds.

Tony Wilson entertained the crowds.

Bob Neill showing his pyrography skills.

Bob Neill showing his pyrography skills.

Club sponsor Matthew Carr reported having had a great day.

Club sponsor Matthew Carr reported having had a good day.

Fifty members of the public had a go at turning for the first time.

Fifty members of the public had a go at turning for the first time.

Peter Tree demonstrated how to make Windsor Chairs.

Peter Tree demonstrating how to make Windsor Chairs.

Norman Sanders teaching a novice how to turn a Christmas tree decoration.

Norman Sanders teaching a novice how to turn a Christmas tree decoration.


9th October 2018

When ask by the local women’s group in the village of Bicker if he would give a demonstration, renowned club member Harry Cleworth was only too keen to agree.  However, he did take along our chairman John Ingamells for some moral support.  A great afternoon was had by all attending and it has been rumoured that they will be asking Harry back for another session next year. It’s great to get woodturning and our club out in the community, well done Harry and John.
Many thanks to Sandra Eagles, Chair of the Bicker Ladies group for the invite and for taking the photographs.




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On Wednesday 19th September, eight of us, including our Club Chairman John, visited Ashley Iles (Edge Tools) Ltd., at their factory near East Kirkby, Lincs. We were met by Tony and Barry Iles, the joint Managing Directors and over coffee Tony gave us a very interesting overview of the formation of the business. It was started by his Father Ashley in Sheffield in the early fifties and they moved to East Kirkby in the mid 60s. He told us about the ups and thumbnail_F3FC27F974BA4059B6D9811101C8077Adowns of the business, the developments they made in materials and tool design and the growth of the business as one of the pre-eminent global woodworking tool manufacturers. Surprisingly they are the last UK manufacturer of carbon steel tools for the growing Pole Lathe market.

The factory is a throwback to the early days of its inception; some of the machinery was from even earlier times, back into the 19thC! It needs a personal visit to appreciate that this grubby, grimy, hot and cramped environment thumbnail_B4F38D48AAE94BDE8D44753A2FD55786produces such outstanding, handmade chisels. 

In the forge, Tony showed us two of his ‘treasures’, the anvil his father used, bedded on horse manure to get the right ‘bounce back’ when struck with a hammer and the second-hand anvil they bought that was used to forge the knife blade on, that cut the Queen’s wedding cake in 1953!

thumbnail_FFD5944338DF463A8E5692B4C1179AF7Each blade blank is checked on the Rockwell hardness tester to ensure the steel is correctly tempered, before being passed over to Mick on the 1890s built drop hammer. To watch him shaping gouge blades at 1030oC both in the drop hammer dies and then by hand, with a hammer and anvil, is to see the craft of the Blacksmith (and forty years experience).

The blades then pass through to the grinding shop where Paul and Jonathon were using the 42” diameter wet grindstones (sourced from Austria!), as we have no indigenous suppliers in the UK! The sparks thumbnail_94D91935753F4BF2B11FE4F5FA7320F9really fly when they are shaping the tools; Paul was grinding the bevels on the American Pattern bevelled chisels whilst Jonathon was grinding the back profile of the gouges produced by Mick. 

Tony then showed how the gouge flutes were ground, before the gouges were linished and glazed on the belt sander to their finished condition.  

We finished with Tony giving us his thoughts and a fascinating demonstration on chisethumbnail_2C835EC565BE457FB0B82F46D1882244l sharpening.

I am certain that we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Ashley Iles factory and thank Tony, Barry and all their staff for making it an unforgettable experience.

Ray Blake







20th September 2018

This morning we had our first working party session at the Chairman’s home.  Until now, we had always stored our wood under the old bridge adjacent to John’s home, however the owner of the bridge has now requested that we move it.  We asked for volunteers at our club night in August and were very pleased with the response.  So pleased that we were able to form two working teams.  The first of these teams met today and achieved far more than we ever imagined.  Not only did we move a large amount of the wood, we also cut some of it into blanks and PVA glued the ends at assist in the drying process.  Thanks to all the guys that turned out.  There is still plenty to do, so the second team will be contacted in the next few weeks to continue the good work.




10th September 2018

Some months ago a fallen walnut tree was offered as a donation to the club.  We gladly accepted and then had the task of cutting it into bite size pieces.  We did a little negotiating with our good friend, Steven Wright of Elston Saw Mill, who agreed to cut it into manageable pieces for us.

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6th September 2018

Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners hits the big time!!

If you haven’t already, you need to buy a copy of Woodturning Magazine issue 323 and turn immediately to page 83.  There you will find a great article all about our club. We would like to thank the Editor Mark Baker and all his staff for giving us the opportunity to appear in the worlds leading woodturning magazine.

8th August 2018

Can we remind you that we try to have the club shop open at all club and workshop evenings.  The shop is now selling more Chestnut Products than ever before and we have recently took delivery of some very attractive clock inserts.
The committee are pleased to be able to state that all items in our shop are for sale at prices that can not be match by any other retailer in the area. So please, if you need some wax or polish, if your making a clock for someone or producing some pens for presents, buy from your club.  By doing so you are getting yourself a bargain and investing in your club at the same time.  It’s a win – win situation.


8th August 2018

The club open day in October is fast approaching and it is now time for you to invest in your club.  We would like to ask all members to produce and donate some turned items.  Previous experiences tell us that small Christmas trees, snowmen and mushrooms sell very well if we only charge a couple of pounds, so could you all make a few of each please and bring them along either the club or workshop nights prior to the open day.

Thanks in anticipation.



6th August 2018

Unfortunately Ashley Iles, due to work demands, have had to cancel the proposed visit to their factory which was scheduled for Wednesday 15th August.
They have re-arranged for 10am Wednesday 19th September.  Those that put their names down for the August visit will have first refusal for the new date.  If you didn’t have your name down for the original visit, but would now like to attend please send an email to or contact a committee member and ask to be put on the reserve list.

4th August 2018

The club was invited to have a display/exhibition at the Scopwick and Kirkby Green village show this weekend.  We had an enjoyable afternoon demonstrating and talking to members of the public who showed an interest in woodturning.  Several of those attending made enquiries with regards to joining our club, so hopefully we will soon be welcoming more new members.

18th July 2018

The visit to Ashley Iles has been arranged for the morning of Wednesday 15th August.  John Ingamells will contact all those attending to confirm the time of attendance. Unfortunately the visit is fully subscribed, so we can not take anyone else.  However another visit could be organised if enough members show interest.

21st June 2018

The committee are keen to update the viewing experience on our club nights and are currently making enquiries into affordable systems.  We are looking into a better camera & TV system for the club.  If you work in this field of expertise and could offer advise to us please contact a committee member or email us at lincsturners

21st June 2018

Club member Peter Higham is looking for a working workshop dust extractor that they do not want and wish to sell.  If you are in such a situation please contact Peter on 07535 175474 or email him at 

18th July – Peter has now acquired a dust extractor.  Many thanks to those who helped him sort this.


8th June 2018

We are still hoping to arrange a visit to Ashley Iles in July, if you haven’t got your name down and would like to attend please send an email to

8th June 2018

Unfortunately Ian Carress, our demonstrator for the July club night, will not be able to join us.  In view of this we have been in contact with Terry Smart of Chestnut Products and he has agreed to join us for the evening.  Terry demonstrated to us a few years ago, when he gave a very interesting talk and demonstration on finishes and polishes. We are sure he will not disappoint this time.  So make a note of the date in your diary, 18th July and come on down for a great night. 

20th May 2018

An interesting piece of equipment has been put up for sale and is featured on our shop page.  Have a look, you might want to give it a new home!

16th May 2018

Your committee has decided to award life long membership to Mr Steven Wright of Elston Saw Mill.  Steve is ever present at our club nights, selling his wares at very competitive prices.  He supports the club at every opportunity, giving advice and humour whenever possible.  The announcement, made yesterday at our club night, was met with rousing applause and agreement by all present.  Steve was humbled and grateful for the award.

2nd May 2018

At our workshop night yesterday, our demonstrator secretary Pete Davies informed us that Tony Wilson, who was to demonstrate at our next club night, was now, due to personal reasons, unable to attend.
Pete announced that he has secured the booking of Steve Heeley, a renown turner from the Walsall area.
We would like to pass our best wishes to Tony Wilson and also to thank Steve Heeley for stepping in at short notice.

22nd April 2018

We are hoping to arrange a tour of the Ashley Isles factory this summer, if you are interested please give your details to Ann Giles on a club or workshop night.  Alternatively you can email us at and we will make Ann aware on your behalf.

20th April 2018

We now have a gallery page on the website containing many photographs from club and workshop evenings.  Please visit the gallery page to view the photographs taken by our club photographer, Ray Blake.


4th April 2018

Workshop night last night saw another record broken.  A record eight lathes were out in operation for the 28 members and visitors to experience some turning.  The club shop also did a roaring trade, selling those much needed consumables.

28th March 2018

The club experienced a very successful two days at the Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show.  The stand looked professional and interesting to the many visitors to the event.  For two days we talked and demonstrated to potentially new members.  Many thanks to those of you who attended and dropped in to say ‘Hi’.  Also can we take this opportunity to thank the members who stood on the stand.  Our club goes from strength to strength as a result of your dedication and commitment.

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22nd March 2018

The club exhibition stand is all set and ready for the Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show at Newark Showground.  We are hoping for a great event to advertise our club and bring woodturners together.  If you are attending make sure you come and say hello.
Both new lathes are in situ, with the club lathe looking splendid as it now has our sponsors details across the front.


21st March 2018

Mick Hanbury entertained this month with an excellent textured and coloured plate.  Please visit our past meeting page for more information.  We also had 17 entries into the club competition, well done to all who entered.  To see the results please visit our competition page.

7th March 2018

40 members and guests attended last nights workshop evening and a great night was had by all.  If you haven’t ventured out to one of our workshop nights you really are missing a treat.
Please visit the past meeting page to find out what’s been going on.


26th February 2018

We have received the below information form the Norfolk Woodturners Society regarding their annual seminar.  Further information can be found on their website;

     Turn East 2018
The 14th East of England Woodturning Seminar
Saturday 11th August 2018
At Fakenham High School, Fields Lane, Fakenham. Norfolk
9.20 am  till 16.45 pm
Admission will be by ticket only at the price of £30.00
which includes a buffet lunch, teas & coffee.
We have lined up a team of first class turners to demonstrate for us
Simon Hope, Peter Nicholls, Ed Oliver & John Plater
In addition we hope to have a range of trade stands together with an exhibition of members and delegates work.
As we will only have a limited number of spaces available, early application is
recommended to what we believe will be a first class event.
Application form and further details are available from:-
.Bernard Rose, 63,Belmore Road, Thorpe St. Andrew, Norwich. NR7 0PR
Tel: 01603 436990 or email
Turn East 2018 is a one day Bi-Annual Regional Seminar
Organized by the Norfolk Woodturners Society

21st February 2018

It is good to report that 60 members and guests enjoyed yet another great club night at Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners.  Peter Hallam demonstrated and entertained by turning two clocks in one evening.  Details of our excellent night can be found on our past meetings page.
The club competition was well supported last night and the results can be found on our competitions page.
Our chairman John Ingamells reported that the club had purchased another Record Power Coronet lathe for use by all members attending our workshop nights.  A new chuck has also been bought to accompany the lathe.  A good deal was struck with local retailer J Carr and Son Ltd of Boston and we would like to thank Matthew Carr for his continued support of our club.
Sponsorship Officer Pete Davies reported to the members that we had secured two, 2 year deals with Axminster Tools & machinery (Northampton) and J Carr and Sons ltd, which had brought in financial benefits for the club.  The members can look forwards to advertising banners adorning the front of the club lathe.

19th February

Newark Showground
23rd & 24th March 2018

A great day out full of Demonstrations, Personalities, Trade Stands, Advice and Fun.
Our club will be standing at this show again demonstrating, selling turned items and publicising ourselves as an active, friendly club.

Tickets are on sale now at a reduced price if purchased in advance at

29th January

Last year Lincolnshire County Council contacted the club asking for assistance.  Some of their volunteers, who had been responsible for looking after trees, were retiring and the council were in need of gifts for them.  They asked if members of our club would be prepared to turn pears out of a pear tree.  The tree had been looked after by the volunteers and it seemed fitting that their retirement gifts would be turned out of a tree they had been associated with.
Several of our members were approached and many pears were turned.  The council representative chose four pears, which were then mounted and given to the retiring volunteers.
The photos below are of the chosen four pears.  Thanks to all the members involved in the project.













20th January 2018

The AGM opened the first club night of 2018 and once formalities were out of the way we were entertained by our friend, Peter Tree.  Please visit our past meetings page for the full report.
The race for club champion started with a mixed bag.  Please visit our competitions page to see who got out of the blocks first.
We have introduced a Display Table to the club for 2018.  Details of this and photograph can also be found on our past meetings page.
The club has managed to buy some tools recently and offer them for sale to club members on club nights.  All profits go directly into club funds to help finance the increasing cost of our club nights.
We now have two club photographers, Ray Blake and Steve O’Donnell who will be snapping away at all club events to bring us a photographic memory. Thanks guys.

3rd January 2018

May we wish all members and turners a Happy New Year.  We hope that 2018 brings you peace, happiness and an interesting year in the workshop.

With the ringing in of a new year we also have to remind all members that your annual membership is now due.  Tom will be waiting for you all on Tuesday 16th January to free you of your hard earned cash!  The cost of annual membership will remain at the same price, as it has been for many years now.  We are sure you will agree that £15 or £10 for concessions per year is still great value for money.

23rd December

May we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May you all have good health, happiness and beautiful turnings.  Keep turning in 2018 and please keep it safe.

22nd December

Please be aware that we will not be having a workshop night in January.  Workshop nights will return on the first Tuesday in February which is the 6th.

19th December

Well what a great Christmas Club Night we had, John truly excelled on the lathe and with his infectious sense of humour.  Ann produced a splendid Christmas buffet and Charles ran a grand prize raffle, featuring a first prize of £100 cash.  More details can be found on our past meetings page.

The evening also saw the presentation of the annual competition prizes.  Full results can be found on our competitions page.

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John Ingamells will be demonstrating at our Christmas club night.  At our recent workshop night he prepared a scabby piece of wood that many wouldn’t take a saw too, yet alone a skew chisel.  Should be an interesting demo.
Following that we will have a buffet supper and the results of the Rowan and Oak competitions.  Also the Christmas prize raffle will be drawn, with many prizes.
See you all on Tuesday 19th December.

21st November

The club is pleased to have been able to make a £100 donation to Lincolnshire Lives a unique charity dedicated to supporting 700+ volunteers who give up their spare time to save lives.  Every year they help around 20,000 people across Lincolnshire.  The responders’ actions literally save lives, delivering that vital immediate care in those critical first moments.
Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners are delighted to support LIVES and thank all the volunteers for their dedication and commitment in serving our community.


John Ingamells & Ann Giles presenting Bill Barber from Lincolnshire Lives with a cheque in recognition for their hardwork and dedication to our community.



22nd October

A great big thank you to everyone involved in todays club show.  Record numbers passed through the door and all those that attended had an enjoyable day.  A special thanks to Kathleen and Jane in the kitchen for keeping us all well fed.  Also a huge thanks to our professional demonstrators who encouraged visitors to have a go.  And finally may we thank all the committee and club members who worked very hard today and in the days leading up to the event.  Without their unconditional support these events would not happen.

We had a great deal of interest from many visitors with regards to joining our club.  We hope that these budding turners do indeed come along to our club and workshop nights to join in the art of woodturning.  You will all be most welcome.

Our professional Turners, Mick Hanbury, Emma Cook and Peter Tree preparing themselves for a busy day.

Our professional Turners, Mick Hanbury, Emma Cook and Peter Tree preparing themselves for a busy day.

Jane & Kathleen enjoying a well earned break.

Jane & Kathleen enjoying a well earned break.

A great day had by all.

A great day had by all.







Our chairman, putting in a full shift.

Our chairman, putting in a full shift.


18th October

Don’t forget our club show this Sunday 9.30am – 4pm at Leasingham Village Hall.  Admission is just £2 each.  There are many stalls, including refreshments and a raffle.  The Tiny Turner will be demonstrating all day so pop along and support your club.

18th October

Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, the club will not be putting on transport to the Harrogate show this year.  We will try again next year.  Don’t forget to pre-book your tickets to save some money.

22nd September

The committee is pleased to announce that we have purchased a new demonstrators lathe for the club.  The sub-committee have been working hard on your behalf and have reported back to the committee.  As a result the club are now owners of a Record Power Coronet Herald.  It is a heavy duty cast iron lathe with electronic variable speed.  It is hoped that the new lathe may be available for our next club night when Sue Harker will be visiting. There might be a delay as we have to make a stand/storage unit for it.
Please don’t forget that the club lathe is always available for use on workshop nights, therefore YOU will able to use the brand new lathe very soon at one of our workshop nights.
We purchased the lathe from J.Carr & Son Ltd of Boston and we wish to thank Matthew Carr for his help, advice and professional attitude to helping the club.  Please visit their website to see what a splendid company they are.

As a result of buying the new lathe, the club now has a Record Power CL4 for sale. This is a very good lathe that has not been overworked.  It’s life has been spent working one evening a month with professional turners and one evening a month at our workshop nights.  It has an electronic variable speed.
It is currently up for sale at £450 which is excellent value.  Please note that delivery of the lathe will not be until after the new lathe is up and running on our club nights. If you are interested please send us an email at or speak to any committee member.

13th September

Turners Retreat is offering substantial discounts to members of our club!!  Visit our links page for more information.

13th September

Following recent experiences and comments made by demonstrating turners, the committee has decided to look into exchanging our demonstration lathe.  In view of this a sub-committee has been formed to look into the clubs requirements including costs and what deals are available.  This is a major decision which will not be taken lightly, we will consider all options prior to making any purchase.  The clubs interests will remain the bedrock of this decision.

5th September

Details of our September workshop night can be found on our past meetings page.  Please take a look and put next months workshop night into your diary – Tuesday 3rd October.

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We are pleased to announce that Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook will be our guest turner at our own woodturning and craft show on Sunday 22nd October at Leasingham Village Hall.  Emma will be demonstrating several projects throughout the day which begins at 9.30am until 4pm.  Also at the show will be many stalls and displays by other crafts folk, including our own Alan Cramer, Harry Cleworth and Fiona Elkington. John Fisher will be present with his bird boxes made from teapots.  Also joining us will be stick maker, Bill Lowe and Steve Wright from Elston Sawmill.
‘Gills to Gems’ – bags, purses and jewellery and ‘Creations’ – handmade jewellery will be14572812_1655906524699781_2628608415360547192_n with us.  There will also be a plant stall and an raffle with many prizes.
Our club will have it’s own demonstration stand and the club shop will be open.
And finally there will be refreshments available all day.
We are still awaiting confirmation from some other stallholders, we will update the website when we have confirmation.

18th August

The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show will be once again be at Harrogate on the 17th – 19th November.  The club is keen to put on a mini-bus to help members get up to Harrogate.  If you interested in a seat on the mini-bus please contact us by sending an email to or inform Ann Giles on any club or workshop evening.  Details of the cost of a seat will be made available nearer the date, once we know if it is viable to hire a mini-bus.
Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance from the organisers on their website after the 24th August.

16th August

A great nights entertainment thanks to Andrew Hall, check out the details on the past meetings page.

8th August

Andrew Hall has been in contact regarding his demonstration at our club night next Tuesday, 15th August.  He has stated that he will be demonstrating something new and it will be of interest to all, including our new members.  He will also be bringing his ‘bowl banjo’.  It sounds like we are in for a great night.  Doors open at 7pm, with Andrew demonstrating from 7.30pm till 10pm.

3rd August

Woven club badges are now available for all members.  Each member will be receiving one free badge to sew onto their smock, T-shirt, baseball cap etc.  Additional badges can be purchase on club and workshop nights for just £2.50 each.

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2nd August

Workshop night last night.  A great evening, plenty of turning and general chat.  Have a look at the past meetings page for more details.

24th July

Check out the shop page, a member is advertising numerous items of equipment.  Take a look, you may pick up a bargain.

23rd July

Famous words but so true if you are a member of our club.  Our show is not until October, but we need to act now.  We are in need of many items that we can sell at the show. Items such as mushrooms and snowmen always go down well.  Please consider making and donating something that we can sell and help to keep our club functioning.
Thanks in anticipation.

21st July

Unfortunately the visit to Ashley Iles later in the year has had to be postponed.  Ashley Iles have been in contact to say that unfortunately due to an increase in their workload they are unable to have any more visits for some time.  They will be back in contact to arrange a visit as soon as they are able.

19th July

44 members enjoyed a fascinating demonstration on involuted turning by Margaret Garrard.  Visit our past meeting page for more information.
Margaret kindly judged our competition entries and was well impressed with all that entered.  More details and the current state of the annual competitions can be found on our competitions page.

18th July

It is with much sadness that our member and great friend Eddy Yeates recently passed away.  Eddy was a loyal member of our club and will be sadly missed by all.  Eddy’s family would like to welcome his woodturning friends to his funeral at Lincoln Crematorium at 9.50am Friday 21st July.

16th June

Don’t forget to keep next Tuesday evening free and get along to the club night.  Richard Findley, who writes for Woodturning magazine each month, will be our guest demonstrator.  He visited us last year an gave an informative demonstration on a three legged stool and we are sure he will not disappoint this year.  Doors open at 7pm with Richard taking to the stage at 7.30pm.

Club member & photographer Harry Cleworth has visited Mick Hanbury who unfortunately has been unwell.  Harry reports that Mick is coming along very well and soon hopes to be back in business.  We all wish Mick well and look forward to seeing him back at our club with his infectious sense of humour.

7th June

See details and photo’s of last night’s workshop evening on our past meetings page.

5th June

A club member has a lathe for sale which would be an ideal first lathe for a beginner.  Take a look at the full advert on the shop page.

16th May

David Lowe entertained a packed house last night with a brilliant demonstration of how to make a vase complete with an inserted zip.  Have a  look at the past meetings page for a full review of the demonstration.
Over twenty entries into the club competition last night which David Lowe judged for us.  His decisions can be seen on our competitions page.
It has been decided to supply all members with a name badge, so last night we began the process of obtaining from all members their preferred name for their badge.  We will roll these badges out to all members over the next few meetings.  If you were not present last night, do not worry, we will speak with you over the next few meetings to obtain the name of your choice.
If you have your name down for the Ashley Iles tour please make your own way to the factory for 10am on Wednesday 24th May.  Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  More details of the factory and directions can be found on their website at
The committee would like to thank all the members who come early and/or stay to help set up or pack away the equipment.  The stage will hopefully become a regular feature at the club nights, but as you can appreciate it, together with all the tables and chairs, have to be set up and then packed away.  Thanks to you for your help in this department.

3rd May

Workshop night went well last night with over 20 members enjoying an evening of turning.  Several new members, together with some old faithful’s watched and talked about everything from hollowing to polishing, even a bit of sharpening.  Well done to all that attended, it was a great night.

19th April

The stage was out again last night so that everyone had a perfect view of our professional turner, Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook.  Almost 50 members enjoyed a great evening where Emma demonstrated how to turn and carve a pumpkin box.  More details can be found on our past meetings page.
A disappointing number of entries in both categories of the club competitions this month.  Please can you all try and enter something next month.  Emma judged the entries and then spoke about each one at length, explaining the good and the not so good elements.  The results can be viewed on the competitions page.

13th April

We are looking forward to welcoming Emma ‘The Tiny Turner’ Cook to our club night next Tuesday.  Why don’t you come and join us, it promises to be a great evening.  Emma will amaze us with her turning and carving skills, there will be the usual raffle with many prizes and the club shop will be open for you to buy consumables at very competitive prices.  There will also be an update on the trip to the Ashley Iles factory.

5th April

Six lathes out last night at the workshop evening, we had bowls, snowmen, Easter eggs and spiral patterns everywhere.  Over twenty members enjoyed yet another great sociable evening with Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners.  If you were unable to attend please put next months workshop evening in your diary now – 7pm, Tuesday 2nd May.

2nd April

Fancy a good night out? Well why not get down to Leasingham Village Hall next Tuesday 4th April for our workshop night.  You will be able to have a go, or if you wish you can watch others and have a good chat about all things woodturning.  Door open at 7pm, so come on down!

25th March

Another good day at the Woodworking and Power Tool Show.  Many people spoke with us about visiting our club in the future.  It is reassuring to know that  we appear to be a club which caterers for the needs of both experienced and novice turners.  Turners from as far as Aberdeen showed interest and were disappointed that they are not local to our club.
A big thank you to all club members who gave up their time to set up, staff the stall and take down and pack everything away.



24th March

We’ve had a great day at the Woodworking and Power Tool Show.  Large crowds have attended the show and many stopped off at our stand for a chat.  Fellow woodturners and crafters expressed their interest and many remarked on the quality of our work.  Those who are local to Leasingham took details of our club nights and we look forwards to welcoming them in the future.
Alan Cramer entertained with his dolls furniture, Geoff Ventress was kept busy making pens. Peter Davis and Charley Giles worked the club lathe producing bowls, whilst John Ingamells entertained with his unique sense of humour.  Ann Giles, Fiona Elkington and Colin Wilson networked the crowds, encouraging folks to come along to our club.  Thanks guys, you did a great job.
One more day to go!

23rd March


The club stand is set up and ready for the Woodworking and Power Tool Show which is taking place on the 24th and 25th March at Newark Showground.  If you haven’t bought your ticket, don’t worry, you can pay on the door.  Come and say hello, we are on stand 81.

22nd March

Tony Wilson entertained last night at our March Club Night.  He was most certainly on form as he gave an informative and humorous demonstration.  More details on the past meetings page.

18 entries adorned the competitions table, which impressed our guest speaker.  You can find the results on the competitions page.

Chairman John Ingamells announced that our bi-monthly workshop nights are so popular that we are going to extend them to every month.  So from the 4th April we will hold our workshop nights on the first Tuesday of each month, starting at 7pm.

We have arranged for two visits to the Ashley Iles factory, these are both morning visits and are limited to 12 members per visit.  Wednesday May 24th and Tuesday 19th September.  If you haven’t already stated your interest in one of these visits you can do so by emailing us at More details about Ashley Iles can be found on their website

7th March

Chairman John Ingamells obviously  appreciates the selling power of our website.  Have a look at the shop page, he has three items up for sale, a lathe and two dust extractors.

7th March

Another item has been sold as a result of an advert placed on our website.  Taking just under three weeks to sell, the shop section of the website is really doing well.  Like the last item sold, this item has also been sold to a member of the public who is not a member of the club.  It just shows that the website is attracting attention and not just from club members.  Why not use the website to sell that unwanted piece of equipment?  Just remember that if a sale comes as a result of the advert on the website, we ask that you donate 10% of the selling price to the club.

28th February

The Midlands Woodworking and Power Tool Show on the 24th and 25th March is fast approaching and we would like to remind you that the club has a stand.  We intend to have three lathes in operation, giving demonstrations to the public.  Members will also be present to talk and encourage folk to come to our club.
We also need your help.  We require turned pieces of all standards to put on display.  If you are prepared to exhibit some items, could you please bring them to the club night on the 21st March.  Could you also put your name under the item so it can be returned to you at the next club night.  If you wish us to try and sell your items, could you also put the price under the item, maybe on a sticker.  Please remember the club policy that should we sell your item it is requested that you donate 10% of the selling price to the club.
If you wish to help the club by staffing the stand and talking to the public or doing some turning, please speak with our chairman, John Ingamells, or send us an email to

Tickets for the show are now on sale, there is a ticket hotline: 01474 536535 or you can buy them securely through paypal at  Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 at the door.

22nd February

Great club night yesterday, over sixty members attended to watch Martin Pidgen demonstrate a wine bottle stopper, a wine bottle coaster, light pull and a diamond bowl.  More details can be found on the past meeting page.
The competition was well supported with sixteen entries, to see the results go to the competition page.
We are hoping to run a visit to Ashley Iles during the summer.  Chairman John Ingamells asked for members who are interested to give their name to Ann Giles.  If you did not leave your name, but now wish to register your interest please send an email to and we will add your name.  Full details will hopefully be made available at the next club meeting on 21st March.

17th February

A club member is advertising a lathe on the shop page.  Check it out, it could be just what you are looking for.

15th February

Just a reminder that Martin Pidgen will be with us next week at the club night.  It would be good to see a large audience in attendance to welcome him.  If you are coming to the club night, why not enter something into the club competition, entries are up on last year, but we would still welcome more.  More details are available on the competition page.

8th February

Great turn-out last night at the workshop evening.  Over 20 members made use of the five lathes which were available.  Bowls, pens and tulips were turned as well as chairman John showing how to turn a miniature goblet.  Sales were up at the club shop where members purchased, pen blanks, polish and other consumables.  We also welcomed two new members.

Our next meeting is a club night on 21st February.

3rd February

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of everybody’s control Andy Rounthwaite will not be demonstrating on our next club night on the 21st February.  We will now be welcoming Martin Pidgen to our club.  Martin, who is based in Laceby, Grimsby specialises in native and exotic timber for the turner and tool maker. Some of you may know Martin from the Lincolnshire Wolds Woodturning Association, where he regularly displays his products. It promises to be an excellent night, so pop it in your diary and guarantee yourself a good night out.

Don’t forget that before then, we have a workshop night on Tuesday 7th February.  No matter what your ability, this is a night for all turners to come along and have a great time either turning or talking turning.  Everyone is welcome.

26th January

24th & 25th March 2017
Newark showground
The show is fast approaching and once again our club will be having a stand.  We are expecting to be in the same location and would appreciate your help.  Last year we realised that our display, despite having three lathes in operation, was lacking in turned items on display.  We keep harping on about it, but we do need more items from you for our stand.  If you are prepared to supply us with some turned items can we ask that you put a sticker on the bottom of it, so we can identify it as yours, suitably wrap it up to protect it and bring it to the club night prior to the show on Tuesday 21st March.  We will then display your item on our stand and return it to you on the club night after the show on Tuesday 20th June.  If you wish us to try and sell your item(s), please put your asking price on the sticker with your name.  As will all items sold through the club, we ask that you donate 10% of the selling price to the club.

Tickets for the show are now on sale, there is a ticket hotline: 01474 536535 or you can buy them securely through paypal at  Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 at the door.

23rd January

Interested in some free yew wood?  Have at look at the shop page as we have received an offer of free yew wood, if you fetch it yourself, from South Kyme.

17th January

It was the club AGM last night and we were also treated to a humorous and informative talk from Steven Wright of Elston Sawmill fame.  Please visit our past meetings page for more details.
The AGM went well and we managed to recruit three members onto the committee.  Welcome to Peter Davies, Alec Day and Colin Wilson, their details will appear on the committee page in due course.
Entries were up in the club competition, but we still need more of you to enter please.  The results can be seen on the competition page.
We also asked members to complete a questionnaire regarding our workshop nights.  We will be asking those members who were not present to complete their questionnaire next month.  We will then collate all the information before making any changes to the workshop night.

16th January

After less than two weeks, an item placed on the website shop page by a member, has sold.  Is there anything we can advertise for you?  All we ask is that should the advert on the website result in a sale, you donate 10% of the selling price to the club.

14th January

We have decided to allow guests to make their first visit to our club free of charge.  Check out the membership page for details on how to print off the voucher.  Please encourage family and friends to visit our club and use the voucher so they can have a great night, free of charge.  If printing of the voucher causes difficulty, no problem.  We will have a supply of vouchers available for completion at all club nights.

12th January

It’s the club AGM next Tuesday, but we have also booked Steven Wright to talk about his life at Elston Sawmill, it promises to be a good evening.
If you are attending, why not enter something into the club competition. Points are on offer for 1st to 3rd place and don’t forget ‘points mean prizes’.  Come December you could be in line for a trophy and a very nice cash prize!!  We put up £50 to the annual winner of each class, with the runners up and third place receiving £25 and £15 respectively. Go on, give it a go and support your club.

3rd January 2017

Check out the shop page as a member has just advertised a piece of equipment.

27th December

Well that’s Christmas for another year, is it good to be back in your workshop?  Maybe you were lucky to receive a new tool or other equipment that you are now experimenting with.  New Years Eve is looming and as it approaches you may be considering a resolution to take into 2017.  If you are struggling to think of something, then how about ‘I will turn one item each month to enter into the club competition’.  Go on, do it, you know it makes sense.

22nd December

Club membership is now due, please make sure you pay Tom your subscription for 2017.  He will be waiting for you at our next meeting on 17th January.

21st December

It was the Christmas club meeting last night where just under 50 members attended to see Alan Cramer demonstrate a Christmas tree decoration.  This was followed by a very tasty buffet and the presentation of the annual awards.  Please visit our past meetings page and competitions page for more details.

7th December

It was workshop night yesterday and what a great night it was.  We had four lathes in operation with over 20 members having a go and seeking advice from our experienced members.  It was good to see some new members coming along and gaining knowledge, whilst having a good laugh.  The club shop was open and did quite well selling some last minute Christmas presents!

5th December

Just a reminder, it’s workshop night on the 6th December.  Doors open at 7pm, so come on down for a great social evening.

28th November

Dates for next years workshop nights are now available, we meet between 7pm and 10pm.

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5th December

Our club show date has been set for Sunday 22nd October 2017, we will be asking for your assistance to staff stalls etc, so please put this date in your diary and mention it to all your friends and fellow turners.  It really is a good show, with plenty of things to see and do.  We will also be asking for turned items for our own club stall, these can be items to sell or just for display, so could we ask that you think about the club stall throughout the year and put the odd item to one side. Thanks

24th November

Check out our ‘shop’ page, where you can advertise any equipment you would like to sell.  As with all sales made through the club, we ask that you donate 10% of your profit to club funds.  Have a look, we might be able to help you sell those unwanted tools!

22nd November

We now have a club email address, so if you need to make contact with the club or any committee member, this is just an additional way to do it.  Emails are managed regularly and will be forwarded to the appropriate committee member.  Please email us on

17th November

Two dates for your diary:
Tuesday 6th December – Workshop night, 7pm – 10pm.  Come and have a social evening talking all things turning, watch some guys trying to produce something other than shavings and maybe you will have a go yourself.
Tuesday 20th December – Club night, 7pm – 10pm.  This our Christmas social evening which is being organised by our secretary, Alan Cramer.  At the moment we do not know what he has in store you us, but we can say it will be entertaining.  A festive buffet will be served this evening, so put these dates in your diary and we will see you there.

We are afraid it is that time of year, yes you guessed it, annual membership is due at the end of the year.  However, you must agree that at £15 (£10 concessions) it does represent excellent value for money. Could we ask that you all make contact with Tommy, our membership secretary, and pay your subscription.

It was noted at our last Club night that some members are not wearing name badges.  Could we ask that you try to remember your badge as it is far more social if you know the name of the person you are chatting too.  Wearing your badge does assist in making the club friendly and members more approachable.  Please feel free to personalise your badge, get the kids crayons out or print a customised badge, just make sure we can read your name.

Noticed this in the dictionary:
Wood’turn-er (noun)   One who uses a lathe to make wood into objects such as bowls, vessels and shavings!