These members are interested in the woodworking discipline that involves the creation of shaped wooden objects on a lathe. Their work ranges from art pieces to utilities.The woodturners interest group meets once a month, on the fourth Saturday of the month. The expertise of members varies from the pre-novice to the most advanced in terms of knowledge and experience. Their programme covers as many aspects of woodturning as possible.
During meetings members exchange ideas and information and demonstrate tools and techniques. In most cases someone will give a formal demonstration of an aspect of woodturning, ranging from the use of turning tools to the decoration of turned pieces. Members are encouraged to take part in the turning challenge.
A video system using a video camera allows for video streaming of demonstrations to be shown live on a big screen. A sound system, with wireless and wired microphones, is used during discussions and demonstrations.
The group owns a small lathe for use during demonstrations.
This group is managed by a small committee. They are Jan Richter (convenor), Braam Burger, Alan Crawford, Lourens Badenhorst and Carel van der Merwe.
A very useful dictionary of English/Afrikaans Woodturning Terms has been prepared by Reinald Böhringer and Lou Coetzer. Download
During 2012 a small subcommittee was tasked with the revision of the criteria for the judging of turned pieces during the Annual Wood Expo. They are available below for downloading in PDF format.
These criteria have been successfully used for all normal turned pieces. Additional criteria are being developed for items such as pens, peppermills and other user items so that these can be judged on their own.