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Wiltshire Times Community News……… Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club started the New year with a Masterclass from The “Tiny Turner”. The Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club got off to a great start for 2021 with an excellent virtual demonstration given by Emma Cook from her West Yorkshire workshop. 36 year old Emma is one of the few female Registered Professional Wood turners in the UK; she is internationally known as “The Tiny Turner” since she is petite in stature but that did not prevent her capturing the attention of our club members on the evening of Thursday 14 with an inspiring live virtual demonstration. Emma first began turning as a teenager in her uncle’s workshop, she is now a registered professional turner but is also a very skilled wood carver. She describes herself as a wood artist since she combines woodturning, carving and painting to produce stunning singular artistic pieces. Wiltshire Times readers that wish to take up turning are always welcome to join what is a friendly and helpful club atmosphere. There are no age or gender barriers, our current membership ranges in age from teenagers to those that have been long retired. The club currently meets monthly using Zoom on the second Thursday evening of each month starting at 7:00pm. Please contact George (our Club Secretary) on 01380 727426 should you wish to find out about membership. Philip Lobb MBE - Club PR Officer

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Wiltshire Times Community News…… Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club Enjoys Virtual Demonstration Given by Professional Turner Sue Harker The Kennet & Avon Woodturning Club enjoyed an excellent virtual demonstration given by Sue Harker on the evening of Thursday 8 April. Sue who lives on the East Yorkshire Coast took up woodturning as a hobby in 2000, after buying her husband a lathe! Whilst supporting Graham in his new hobby, she attended the local club with him and was encouraged to 'have a go’ herself. She quickly became captivated by the wonderful qualities to be found in our native timbers and the endless possibilities available to the holder of the tools. Sue retired from the civil service in 2006 and decided to become a self-employed professional woodturner having developed her turning skills through the club. In January 2007 she was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners and in the same year was awarded a Bursary by the Worshipful Company of Turners. Sue now teaches woodturning and demonstrates all over the country she also enjoys the freedom to explore the creative side of woodturning and takes great pleasure from seeing her work evolve with the additional use of colour, texture and piercing into what can best be described as an art form. 28 of our club members watched her turn an “off centre candle stick” which we all found most interesting and informative to watch. Photograph – Sue Harker working on her lathe.
Philip Lobb MBE - Club PR Officer

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