Woodturning club unveils new facilities

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Birstall Woodturning Club held an open day recently, with their new lottery-funded audio visual facilities being unveiled.

The club’s senior member, 91-year-old Hubert Spence, performed the opening.

He said afterwards that he was proud to be asked to open the proceedings and he then presented Martin Brockley with a plaque to commemorate him becoming Turner of the Year for the third year in a row.

After completing his duties at the club Hubert then went on to Morley to attend the St George’s Day event where the Turning club was taking part.

Over 100 people attended the open day where there were demonstrations by members on subjects such as giant turning, segmented turning, pen turning, deep hollowing, power carving, marbling, pyrography and spin painting.

In addition there was a superb show of beautiful work produced by members.

Turnings were also available for sale and the small animals and fruit forms proved very popular with the younger visitors.

The club was lucky to be able to welcome their visiting exhibitor the West Riding Carving Association who showed a magnificent and varied display of carvings.

The local Scouts and Rangers had a tent with varied activities on offer and their young members took an active part in the proceedings.

Lady members were active on the day both in turning and other activities.

A spokesperson said: “It was a happy day where lots of people had fun.

“Thank you to all who took part.”

To find out more about the group, or to join, call Liz on 01924 274515, e-mail birstallwoodturners@virginmedia.com or you can visit the website at birstallwoodturners.worpress.com.