The Wood Turners
The Woodturners of the Hunter will once again have their Lucas Mill in operation over the 3 days of the Show. They have a large Camphor Laurel wood log and a Silky Oak stump to
About The Wood Turners
Just over 34 years young, the Wood Turners of Newcastle and the Hunter are still going strong.
Their passion exudes and their commitment to the craft of woodturning is a testament to their craft. With over 100 active members, men and women, the Wood Turners have been working at the Newcastle Showgrounds for over 17 years. In fact, in 1998 the pavilion in which they currently reside was earmarked for demolition; however with an $80,000 Government grant they rebuilt what to what now takes pride of place on the ring road at the Showground.
When you enter the pavilion you’re met with the fresh aroma of freshly sawn or lathed timber, camphor laurel is one of the favourites along with oak and spotted gum. The skill of woodturning won’t be lost as this team is adamant about encouraging youth to participate. Since their inception, they have also raised in excess of $650,000 for charity, supporting children in many ways with rolling pins. The pins are used for, aptly… play dough. Another initiative is ‘Bowls for Olds’ whereby they create beautiful wooden bowls, then fill them with sweets and deliver to the various aged care facilities in Newcastle, on average 300 donations per year. They also create writing aids for people with disability or people suffering from arthritis and provide endless time training and undertaking continuous improvement to other groups and themselves.
The Wood Turners provide free tuition twice a week free of charge with a small fee for the use of the equipment. They keep their costs down by selling their creations at a variety of local markets. The timber they use comes from all corners of Australia with the rarer species from Tasmania. The majority of timber tables and chairs around the showground were built by the Turners.
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