Suppliers Websites

Peter Child;  A small family firm founded by the late Peter Child.  For over 40 years they have specialised in helping woodturners enjoy their hobby, priding themselves on the quality of advice freely given to all turners - especially beginners.  They have a mail order supply business selling all kinds of woodturning equipment materials and hardware and a retail shop at Little Yeldham in Essex.


M.A.C Timbers - Mike Cawthorne, the owner of M.A.C. Timbers is a friendly supplier of English hardwoods - Oak, Elm, Ash, Sycamore, Walnut, Yew, Spalted Beech, Box, Cherry, Cedar and others and has stocks available in small or large quantities for Turners, Cabinetmakers and general woodworking.

Special open days are held (usually on the last Sunday of every 2nd month) throughout the year where craftspeople give demonstrations of their skills.  These are held in the workshop area and the adjacent Village Hall where refreshments are available, a perfect accompaniment to the all day BBQ!


Manor Farm

Brigstock Road

Lower Benefield

Nr Oundle

Northants PE8 5AF

Telephone: 01832 205231

The Toolpost;  A well stocked, knowledgeable and friendly woodturning supplier based in Didcot near Oxford.  The website itself contains a huge amount of useful information as well as an online purchasing facility.

Stiles and Bates;  Woodturning suppliers based in Kent with a friendly and helpful shop and online purchasing facility.


Lincolnshire WoodcraftBased at the Old Sawmill in Burghley Park, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Woodcraft specialise in supplying high quality turning blanks in both home-grown and exotic timbers.


Constable WoodcraftsSupplier of pepper and salt mill mechanisms for incorporation into your own designs.  Apart from the conventional mechanisms, they also supply two styles of 'Crushgrind' ceramic grinders that enable much more freedom in the size and design of the mill.

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Woodturner's, Associations, Demonstrator's and Gallery Websites

Association of Woodturners of Great Britain - more commonly known as the AWGB, this association exists to provide information and support for its member woodturners across the country.  With over 50 affiliated clubs and 3000 individual members, the website and active Forum is well worth a visit.

The Worshipful Company of Turners of London - The Worshipful Company of Turners is 51st in order of precedence of the 107 Livery Companies of the City of London.   Receiving its Charter in 1604, the Company succeeded the Guild of Turners whose origins are believed to date from late in the 12th century.  The present Company is small but enjoys a lively membership who share common objectives: to promote the craft of turning, to participate in the life of the City of London and to support related charities.  The Company consists of about 170 Liverymen together with about 45 Freemen.

Register of Professional Turners - This Register is composed of turners who offer a professional service to the public and whose work has been approved by competent assessors as being of good quality. The aim of this site is to enable interested parties to find a competent turner.

Woodturning Online - Woodturning Online offers wood turning projects, woodturning plans, articles, and information on wood turning, bowl turning, pen turning, the wood lathe, segmented turning, lathe tools, and more for the woodturner.  A website well worth visiting.

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Andy Coates - Cobweb Crafts; Demonstrating at our June 2008 meeting, Cobweb Crafts is essentially one man with a lathe, a passion for the material, the possibilities of form, colour, and texture, and the pleasure of having something new to learn each day. Andy Coates is a Woodturner living and working in the Suffolk countryside close to the Broads, coast, and heath lands that offer much in the way of inspiration. The vast majority of woods used are locally sourced native timbers, much coming from woodland and estate management schemes.

Robin Fawcett; Poleturner and traditional 'bodger', As a Treewright, Robin is involved in growing, planting, maintaining, coppicing and felling the trees as well as making the timber into useful, fun and functional articles.  Find out more on his website by clicking on his name or checkout his entertaining and informative blog.

Tom Pockley;  A professional woodturner based in Kent.  A regular and always popular demonstrator at Guild meetings.

Glyn Mould;  Demonstrated carving and how it can be applied to woodturning at our June 2005 meeting.

John Berkeley;  Has demonstrated at both our March 2005 and September 2007 meetings when he showed us some of the 'secrets' behind thread cutting in wood as well as the use of the chattertool.  His other speciality is in the making of puzzles (not the jigsaw variety).

Stuart King;  Brought his elderly treadle lathe along as well as his blowlamp to our May 2005 meeting where he showed us how to turn and 'distress' a piece of wood whilst keeping fit and giving us plenty of interesting and amusing banter!

Dennis Hales;  A professional woodturner whose love of wood, natural forms and colours has encouraged him to create a range of work based on fruit displays, dishes and bowls. The original features of the wood are enhanced by the use of dyes on "green " woods to create natural movement in bowl and dish forms.  He also employs the use of metal leaf gold, silver and copper on dishes and wall plates.

Phil Stevenson;  A young woodturner specialising in turning large forms using both native woods and Australian burrs on his huge homemade lathe.  It's worth having a look at his website just to see how he handled a half ton 'blank' and turned it.  There is other good and more conventional work on his site as well.

Phil IronsDemonstrated wooden hat making at our at our November 2006 meeting.  A professional, internationally known turner, he is also the British agent for Killinger lathes and other turning tools and accessories.

Haddenham Galleries;  Situated between Cambridge and Ely and established in 1998, this Creative Art Gallery is recognised as one of the leading galleries in East Anglia.  On display is work by national and local leading artists and makers as well as work by emerging artists.  The complex also houses an Ethnic Gallery, a shop, 7 artist studios a Sculpture Garden and runs children's and adult workshops.

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Personal Websites and Sites of General Interest

Mageyes Magnifiers; Brilliantly simple and lightweight design of head mounted magnifier.  These really standout from others I've tried in that the lenses are extremely well ground and cause no distortion.  They can be bought directly from the manufacturer in the USA but are supplied more economically by Sussex Needlecrafts in the UK.  They were introduced to me and many others by well known USA turner Bonnie Klein when she demonstrated at the AWGB seminar in Loughborough 2007.

Laymar Crafts;  The LaymarCrafts Web Site is a Woodturners Site with a difference.  Arranged in five sections, each covers an area that will hopefully enable you to be better informed, enjoy and further your woodturning.

Nightstar Flutes;  Steve Frost is a maker of hand crafted, Native American style flutes. All his flutes are hand crafted in the heart of England, honouring the Native American tradition, yet seeking to create something that captures the mysticism and spirituality of these Celtic lands.  As well as selling ready made flutes, he also runs workshops teaching people how to make their own flute.

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This page was last updated 13/06/2012