Welcome to our website. We are Martock and District Woodturners, a friendly club in the heart of Somerset.
Browse our site to find out more about us or look through our gallery to see our members' work. We are keen to pass on our love of woodturning and have members of all abilities, ranging from hobby turners to professional turners but all sharing an enjoyment of the craft.
Martock and District Woodturners was established in 1993 at Yandles & Sons in Martock and we are very pleased to have reached our 25th anniversary in 2018! In 2010 we moved venue for our evening meetings to Ash Recreation Pavilion. We continue to enjoy support from Yandles who enable us to use their training room for our practical sessions and to have a stand at their Spring and Autumn shows. Please come along and chat to us at one of these shows, where you will also see our members helping with the parking.
There is a monthly club night held at Ash Pavilion, usually on the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm. At these evenings we have a demonstration by either a visiting woodturner or by club members. We use a Record Power/Nova DVR-XP Lathe (No’ 2 Morse Taper, 1 ¼” x 8TPI Thread) for our demonstrations which are supported by a portable video camera linked to a 42” flat screen television to enable our club members to see the action clearly. This is usually a woodturning demonstration but occasionally interspersed with other related talks or demonstrations such as French Polishing and Marquetry.
On Saturdays, usually once a month, there is a practical hands-on session at Yandles training room where we have the use of their lathes. In the morning there are supported activities for beginners / improvers and the session typically starts with a short introduction and demonstration of the project to be covered. Club members are then encouraged to practise the skills shown, supported by more experienced club members. In the afternoon, more experienced turners have the chance to share expertise or try out new techniques.
Usually twice a year we have an all day demonstration by a visiting professional turner, held at Ash Pavilion. Food is provided at extra cost and helps to make the day into a special event.
Occasionally we have social events or visits to places of interest. Visits to timber yards are always popular!