The club was formed in the mid 1980s by a group of like minded enthusiasts. They initially met in garages and workshops and were called North Suffolk Woodturners. After splitting into two groups, one moved south and the remainder stayed in this area. Their numbers started to grow and by 1992 they had 14 members, some of whom are still active today.
After a woodturning holiday in Norway in 1994 their numbers grew rapidly and alternative venues were sort in the area, including several 'pubs', before finally moving to Mutford Village Hall in the late 1990s.
It was during this period that the club was renamed as The Waveney & District Woodturners and became affiliated to the AWGB (Association of Woodturners of Great Britain). The aims and objectives also changed with the various innovations in both lathe design and turning techniques. What was once a treadle device run by physical input (a man known as a bodger) sited near the raw materials and used for turning legs for three legged stools has now become a machine driven by electricity and capable of varying speeds, indexing rings and accuracy to an incredibly high standard.
The current objectives of our club are to promote this ancient vocation but in a modern and safe environment. Thanks to a lottery fund grant in 2015 we were able to purchase two smaller lathes, install video/projection equipment to enhance our monthly demonstration evenings and run training courses to encourage new members to take up a hobby and to preserve what had earlier been a dying art.
The club now has approximately 50 members, is financially sound and at present has vacancies for a limited number of new members. We have monthly demonstrations by professional turners on club nights and training sessions every month for new and intermediate turners wishing to improve their skills.
Whether you are an experienced turner or someone looking for a new and interesting hobby you are welcome to attend free of charge for the first two meetings so why not give it a go. See you there!