Gold Coast Woodturners Inc. commenced operation in 1983 and is one of the oldest and largest specialist woodturning clubs in Australia. With over 110 members ranging in ages from 16 to 90+ the membership base spans four generations and has a liberal dose of members of all ages both male and female. The club’s overall aim is to promote, teach and disseminate the skills associated with the centuries old craft of woodturning. In order to achieve that aim the club runs learning sessions for all levels of woodturning, from the raw newcomer to the advanced turner.
Whilst the club primarily concentrates on woodturning as its main activity a number of members also use the craft and art of pyrography to either enhance their turned items or to use pyrography just in its own right for the sake of the art itself.
The club is very active in the community and provides free demonstrations at the Gold Coast Council’s Australia Day celebrations, the Mudgeeraba Street Party, to numerous aged care facilities on the coast, at events conducted by other organisations/clubs, free classes for high school students during the school holidays and numerous other and varied locations. The club’s two highlight events each year are its exhibits at both the Mudgeeraba and Gold Coast Shows.
The club has 13 lathes of the highest quality and other machinery associated with woodturning. New members are able to use club machinery and tools before outlaying their own money on purchasing such equipment. The management committee of the club has many aims for the benefit and positive welfare of the club and its members but three important ones are safety, never turning an appropriate new member away and keeping membership costs to an absolute minimum so the craft of woodturning is accessible to the vast majority of the community.
So, what is woodturning?
The best way for that question to be answered is for the reader to view the various photographs within this website.
Basically woodturning is the craft of shaping a piece of spinning wood with hand held chisels to shape the wood into the article desired which may include such things as pepper grinders, bowls, lamp stands, vases and very many other things that are basically round in shape. The breadth of woodturning possibilities is limited only by the individual’s imagination.
What is pyrography?
Pyrography (literal meaning is ‘Fire Writing’) is the art of burning pictures/designs into wood. Pyrography is not used by all members but many utilise it to enhance the affect of a turned item (as shown on a couple of articles in the Gallery section) or it can be used purely for the art itself by burning pictures/designs into pieces of wood.
What does the club provide?
It provides a forum for members to learn woodturning and pyrography in a safe environment. Club premises have an ample meeting room and demonstration area where both club and visiting demonstrators show members various techniques and skills with the aid of CCTV for clarity and precision learning.
There is also a club ‘shop’ from which members can purchase woodturning related items. We stock a large variety of native and exotic timbers. Timber is available for purchase by the public as are timber items that are often unattainable elsewhere. Enquiries welcome.
So come along, have a look at our facilities and what we do and get involved in a very rewarding and relaxing hobby/pastime.
The Gold Coast Woodturners gazebo raffle conducted at the Gold Coast Show was won by ‘Cat’ from Clagiraba with pink ticket L69. The winning ticket was drawn at the show on Sunday afternoon by Sgt. B. Whitaker of the Qld Police. Very many thanks to all those kind people who supported us.