Woodturning Weekender returns in 2020!
Watch out Kent, the Northern Invasion is coming to West Malling!

We had such a great time at our Birthday Party Weekender – and so did everyone else. So by popular demand we’re going to do it again. For 2020 we’re moving the whole thing down to Kent like a huge travelling circus – only without the tent, ringmaster and the funny trains with the giraffe heads sticking out.

Four turners from the North of England will be invading the area armed with their turning skills and techniques and an array of charm and wit to conquer the area and maybe convert the audience to some different ideas. Hopefully without any blood being shed (because good turning practice and safety rules will be observed).

The dates to put aside are 1 -2 August 2020 – with the weekend starting unofficially early on the Friday evening before with the Looong Weekender. That’s our informal ice-breaker get together before the Weekender starts for real on the Saturday!


Those of you who followed the first Woodturning Weekender story just might be getting a feeling of deja vu here! Yes, it’s Emma Cook, the Tiny Turner who for unavoidable reasons was unable to attend the 2019 event. As we’ve said many times we fully support and understand that decision, so much so that we almost immediately asked her to be one of our Northern Invaders!
Emma is a very talented and gifted woodturner and carver and she loves combining the two disciplines in her work. She has demonstrated all over the UK and has also ventured into Europe and is a firm favourite with club members and exhibition goers, so we’re both happy and lucky to have her at the 2020 Weekender.
Emma will be demonstrating on Sunday at the Weekender, helping to bring proceedings to a close. She will also be in attendance before taking to the main stage and will be sharing her experience and knowledge in one of our Clinics.
You can find out more about Emma at www.thetinyturner.co.uk

Bringing his own style and passion for woodturning, we’re extremely happy that Andrew Hall has agreed to join the marauding band of turners from the north making an excursion into Kent next August for our Weekender.
Andrew will be on stage on Saturday.
Andrew is a very well known and much sought after demonstrator. None of the invaders in our main picture are wearing helmets, maybe they should speak to Andrew about making one for them as one of his specialities is making hats and helmets and we’re sure there will be an example of at least one of these made.
Andrew is also a keen wooden bow-tie model in his spare time, and plays a bit of guitar too; he attended our first Weekender and kept us all entertained with his playing and singing. He’ll be showing the process of making one of his Blue Bowls Guitars as well.

This is David Lowe, who will be travelling south to demonstrate his expertise at the lathe and his various methods of decoration.
David lives and works in a small village at the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and is the resident turner at Snainton Woodworking Supplies. He has a particular passion for working with burrs, relishing the challenge of not knowing what he is going to find until he starts removing the bark..
David is an RPT registered turner, a seasoned tutor and an excellent communicator. He uses traditional techniques, sometimes combining them with modern ideas such as airbrushing, texturing, piercing, pyrography and carving etc.
David will be kicking off proceedings for us on the Saturday morning, setting a very high standard for the other Invaders to follow.

Our fourth Invader is Andy Rounthwaite; he started turning after being diagnosed with MS and after a couple of years of hobby turning a good friend and RPT member encouraged him to go professional. He successfully studied for woodturning and teaching qualifications and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners within a year.
Andy loves teaching, demonstrating and turning in general. He takes commissions from honey drizzlers to house pillars, and still finds time to turn just for his own amusement as well.
Andy has been on a break from demonstrating recently but is back with a bang and we’re really pleased to have him as one of our Invading demonstrators.
Andy will be demonstrating on Sunday.

Tickets are on General Sale NOW!!!

Early Bird Prices (until 31 March 2020)
Two Day Pass – £30
Single Day – £20
Evening Meal (Saturday) – £18.50 (no early bird offer)


At the first Weekender we belatedly celebrated our 25th birthday with a barbecue party. This was hugely popular so we’re arranging something again!

For 2020 we’re having a fun ‘Pub Quiz’* at The Spitfire Lounge in Maidstone Football Club, just a short walk from the Travelodge and Premier Inn hotels in Maidstone. We’re going to try and arrange transport from the hotels too if needed.
There’s also plenty of free parking there if you’re travelling from further afield.

We can guarantee there won’t be any difficult questions, this is strictly for fun and a chance to come together. There will be plenty of time to chat about the day’s events and anything else you want to. We will need some quiet while the quiz is taking place though!

The evening will include a simple, pub-style three course meal as well and there’s a reasonably-priced bar available for drinks. You can even bring your own drinks if you want (£5 corkage fee).
And as you might expect, there could also be a few surprises during the evening.

You don’t need to worry about organising teams or swatting up on anything, the emphasis here is on having a fun evening and spending time with friends old and new.
We really don’t do intellectual on a Saturday night!!

Tickets go on sale soon @ £18.50 which includes the meal – and spaces are limited!

*We’re calling it a pub quiz but it isn’t really, it’s not even being held in a pub!


What are the Woodturning Weekender Clinics?

You won’t be able to get your flu jab or even any legal advice, but if you’re looking for help, advice and inspiration for your turning, plus the chance to get up close to fantastic demos, you’ll be in the right place!
There will be several different Clinics available, each dealing with different aspects of woodturning, with experienced staff on hand to offer advice and remedies for whatever ails your woodturning. Expect lots of help, information and demonstrations.