What does Christmas mean for the average amateur or professional woodturner - apart from, of course, hopefully receiving all manner of
lovely wood turning-related gifts like books, videos and equipment? Well, it certainly presents an obvious opportunity for you to discover the wealth of wood turning
talent in your local area, via the craft fairs and stalls that inevitably pop up everywhere at this time of year.
However, there's another great thing that you could do this Yuletide - consider joining one of the
United Kingdom's many esteemed wood turning groups, if you are not a member already. Sadly, not all wood turning clubs and associations that have ever been established here in the UK still exist, but that doesn't stop
their former members continuing to do good work.
We aren't just talking about the wood turned pieces themselves. Just ask St. Andrew's Children's Hospice, which as reported by the Grimsby Telegraph, received a £1,200
donation from members of the Louth Woodturning Club in November. That club may have disbanded as a result of dwindling membership, but by selling off equipment and holding raffles, the former members were able to raise
some extremely appreciated and useful funds for the hospice.
OK, so as lovely news as that is, what about some wood turning groups that remain active? For those of you living in or near the gorgeous Lincolnshire
Wolds, the Lincolnshire Wolds Woodturning Association may be worthy of further investigation. The group meets on a twice-monthly basis at West Ashby Village Hall, with its more than 50 members travelling from as far as
Gainsborough, Cleethorpes, Grantham and Boston.
The main club meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month, when new ideas and techniques are demonstrated by a professional woodturner. However, the second
Tuesday of every month - except for in July, August and December - also sees 'hands on' nights held, presenting the perfect opportunity for beginners to get to grips with the group and wood turning in general.
upcoming events of the Association including a tickets-only Christmas Party at The George & The Dragon in Hagworthingham on 16th December, as well as the annual meeting and a talk by Steve Wright from the timber
merchant Elston Sawmill, there may not be a better time to investigate the group if you live nearby. But don't forget who pointed you in their direction - only the humble ToolPost!