2019 Festive break

The club is on hiatus for the Christmas period and will be reopening on:

January 6th 2020

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2019 Competition dates

Club competitions are being held on the following dates.

Monday February 18
Monday April 08
Monday June 10
Monday August 12th
Monday October 7th
Monday December 2nd


  1. Any item which you have recently TURNED and which has not previously been submitted to this competition. (Additional carving or decoration is allowed)
  2. You may submit One Entry Only per competition
  3. There will be no charge for entry.

Festive break

The club is closed for the festive period and will re-open on Monday the 7th of January 2019.

We wish you and your families a joyous time over the break and we look forward to what 2019 will bring.

All the best


The club has an Instagram account that you can follow to see any any events we attend or work we produce.

Feel free to have a look at: https://www.instagram.com/swwwc1/

Additionally, our Instagram feed is available on the right hand side of the site.

Reminder – Bank Holiday

Good morning

Just a reminder that the club is closed this evening (27/08/2018) due to the bank holiday break.

Normal service will resume next week.



Turner Profile – Tudor Joseph

Our club is made up of a variety of talented turners and each one brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

To kick off our turner introductions, please welcome Tudor Joseph.

Name: Tudor Joseph

Years Turning: 25 Years (Intermittent)

Lathe Model: Graduate, 2x Carbatec, 2x Home built lathes

Most regular used tool: 1/2″ Bowl Gouge

What advice would you give to new turners?
Join your most local wood turning club, take lessons from a pro or experienced amateur.  Buy a good second hand lathe initially, until you find what type or size of stuff you want to specialize in. Don’t buy a “set” or turning tools (You won’t use many of them)

What is your favourite thing to turn?
Large items: Platters, wall plagues and hangings.

What turned work are you most proud of?
15″ lattice bowl in sweet chestnut.

Any Future Projects?
More of the above but with additional carving and/or colouring.

What aspect of wood turning would like to try/learn?
Barley twist work, veining & fluting.

Are there any books or online resources that you can recommend?
Online forums such as the ukworkshop, AWGB, AAW and YouTube. (Be careful, some of it is rubbish and/or dangerous)


Thank you Tudor for speaking to us and sharing your advice.


The club is having it’s annual AGM this evening (13/11/2017).

As a result, no turning will be taking place.

Normal services resume next week.

Upcoming events and appearances – August 2017

The club have some events coming up in the next couple of months.

They are as follows:

Axminster competition – 5th August 2017

The Cardiff branch of Axminster have invited the club to partake in a local club competition within their store.

Excerpt taken from the Axminster site:

“Woodturning Clubs Skills Day

We will have several wood turning clubs in store, going head to head in competition with each other. Turners from each club will be tasked with turning a piece in 30 minutes. The pieces will be judged and a prize awarded to the piece considered to be the best one turned.

The clubs will display some of the best examples of their work, and these will also be judged with a prize being given to the most attractive and creative piece.

If you’ve always wanted to find out more about wood turning or would like to join a club, this is the perfect opportunity to have all your questions answered.”

The event runs between 10 am – 4pm and details can be found here: Axminster Cardiff Store.

Martin Pigeon class & demonstration – 21st August 2017.

Martin Pigeon

Image borrowed from Andi Wolfe


The club is once again hosting a visit from Master Wood turner Martin Pigeon.  Martin is running a day course for a small number of members (Currently full) and a demonstration in the evening.

Martin will also be selling a good variation of turning & pen blanks.


If you have any questions about the above events, please contact the club using our contact form.


Wood colouring with Kim Gowney

Last night the club was host to Haverfordwest wood turner Kim Gowney (10/10/2016).

Kim is well known for incorporating colour into his wood turning, the result is a beautiful high finish that fills this author with envy 🙂

The application methodology used is similar to that used by painters, build up your colours, lightest first and go from there.

Kim recommended following the colour wheel principles, by way of using opposite colours to blend and highlight.  More information can be found here: http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory

Once painted, leave to dry for a day or so, next start applying multiple layers of shellac.  Finishing off with some burnishing cream.

More information can be found on Kim’s website (Linked in the demonstrator information section below)

Kim’s process includes using the following materials and paints:

Should you need to the paints can be diluted using a white spirit.


Kim’s advice:
  • Be patient
  • Expect to go through multiple pieces
  • Have fun
  • Experiment


Demonstrator information

If you want to contact Kim, please use the following methods:


Author Comments:

It was good to meet Kim again.  He is a regular demonstrator at the wood craft events hosted at the Botanical Gardens of Wales and every time I leave his stall, I leave inspired.

It was good to see a good turn out from members and visitors from the Llanelli Turners group and I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more colour in future club competitions.

All in all, it was a good evening, informative and inspiring.  I look forward to next time.