Impressive wooden creations

CREATION Vice chairman of The Forest of Bere Woodturners Association Don Smith with his lighthouse he made. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (131270-5917)
CREATION Vice chairman of The Forest of Bere Woodturners Association Don Smith with his lighthouse he made. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (131270-5917)

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FROM stunning vases to candelabras, the members of the Forest of Bere Woodturners impressed visitors with their creations at an open weekend.

St John Ambulance Station, in Bedhampton, played host to the event where those interested in woodturning could get a taste of the traditional skill.

Don Smith, from the group, said the event was a big success.

‘Woodturning is where you put a piece of wood on a lathe and use tools to turn it by hand.

‘It’s a traditional skill. People are interested in it because you can create something in a matter of hours.

‘You can go out to the garage in the morning and have a completed bowl by lunchtime, unlike if you were making a cabinet, for example.

‘We can make bowls, pens, fruit bowls, even elaborate things such as candelabras.’

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Paul Buckley, visited the woodturners at the event on Sunday and was impressed by what they had made.

Five people signed up to join the group, which meets at the St John Ambulance Station, on the third Wednesday of every month.

Mr Smith said: ‘The group is now so popular we may have to start a waiting list.’

The group has regular guest speakers and special events.

Members of the club also support a junior wood turning and craft club known as Crafty Turners.

To find out more call Mr Smith on (023) 9247 3528. Alternatively go to forestofberewoodturners.org.uk.