• The Association was formally formed in October 2004.

  • We aim to provide a forum to encourage communication and an exchange of views amongst turners by the provision of woodturning demonstrations by members, invited guests and professional turners.

  • Membership fees are currently £30.00 per annum for Seniors & £20.00 per annum for Juniors (under 18), plus a £5.00 joining fee. Members joining between April to September pay £15.00 plus the joining fee.

  • We meet on the third Monday in each month at Bearpark Community Centre (Auton Stile) Bearpark, Co Durham. Start time is 6.30 pm until around 9.00 pm.

  • There is a members admission charge of £5.00 for all demonstration meetings.

  • Visitors & guests are always very welcome for which there is a standard admission charge of £8.00 per meeting. Potential members may attend 2 meetings at the guest rate (2 x £8) and, if subsequently they join the Association, the joining fee of £5 will be waived.

  • We have our own lathe (Wivamac Vario 850), chuck, tools and presentation equipment.

  • Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided for which there is currently no charge.

  • There is a library of DVDs and books for hire to members at £1.00 per month.

  • Also available for membership hire are a Roly Munro Hollowing Tool, Bosch Electric Wood Carver, hand thread chasers, and a Sorby Spiralling/Texturing tool.

  • The affairs of the Association are managed by an elected committee.

  • Wear Valley Woodturners Association is an associate member of the AWGB (Association of Woodturners of Great Britain) who provide 3rd party insurance.