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.
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 newsletter.
Methodist Church Hall, Rochdale
see Directions or “click
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 for dates
an annual subscription for monthly Saturday meetings and
an additional one for the Thursday workshops.
Please contact us for more details -
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
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
also exhibit and demonstrate at various shows and
galleries around the region. These have included the BoltonMuseum
Salmesbury Hall, Towneley Woodland Festival and other BurnleyParks,
Woodfest Wales at St Asaph, Woodland Festival at Witton
Park Blackburn and Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.
members have worked together to carve natural history
themes decoration on picnic tables, as well as lettered
sign boards at Towneley Park, Burnley.