The club was formed in 1992 to promote woodcarving
across the two counties and to allow its members to share a common enthusiasm,
cross-fertilize ideas and improve their carving skills.
Carvers of all levels of experience are welcome, and
beginners can be sure of a friendly reception. We currently have over 30 members
( 20% are women). There is an extensive library of carving books and videos
that can be borrowed free of charge and members are kept informed by a monthly
We meet from
Spotland Methodist Church Hall, Rochdale Rooley Moor Road, ROCHDALE, OL12 7ES (Tenby St entrance) see Directions or “click here”.
Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd
Saturday of the month for chat and carving, usually with a break during
the afternoon for a talk or demonstration. There are some exceptions when
attendance at shows and week-end exhibitions clash with normal meeting dates.
(see Events Diary or “click here for details”).
Workshops are held on Thursdays during
‘term’ time for carving and chat only (approx 37 Thursdays a year).Carving together is an excellent way of
gaining experience rapidly, and our more experienced carvers can always spare
some time to help a beginner sort out a problem. As we all work in
different ways, and have individualistic styles, there is a broad wealth of
experience to be shared between members, from miniature bone carving to working
with a chain-saw. See Weekly workshops or Click here foir dates
is an annual
subscription for monthly Saturday meetings and an additonal one
for the Thursday workshops. Please contact us
for more details - see below
We have had input from some really top-class speakers
such as Brian Chapman
chairman of the British Woodcarvers Association and Michael Painter, who is a
nationally renowned Master Woodcarver and Sculptor. In addition to these, we
have many other talented, if less well-known contributors, both from outside
and within our own membership. (see Club Events or click here).
We hold events with other clubs, such as the West
Riding Woodcarvers from Huddersfield, the Northwest Carvers Association based in the
Fylde, and the West Pennine Wood Turners. These joint meetings usually include
an exhibition of the visitors’ work which widen our experience of wood crafts
and stimulates discussion.
We also exhibit and demonstrate at various shows and
galleries around the region. These have included the BoltonMuseum and ArtGallery, Salmesbury Hall, Towneley Woodland Festival and other BurnleyParks,
Woodfest Wales at St Asaph, Woodland Festival at Witton Park Blackburn and
Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.
Our members have worked together to carve natural
history themes decoration on picnic tables, as well as lettered sign boards at
Towneley Park, Burnley.