Strathclyde Woodturners, a non-profit making club, was formed in April 2002 by six amateur woodturners who had been members of Scotswood, a woodturning group which catered for members throughout Scotland. Because of the huge geographical area, Scotswood was unwieldy and latterly only two meetings per year were held. Ultimately office bearers became disillusioned and resigned, and no replacements were to be found. Scotswood therefore, in effect, ceased to exist. The six members who for the previous six or seven years had manned a stand on behalf of Scotswood at the annual Scottish Woodworking Exhibition, felt that there were sufficient amateur woodturners in the West Central area of Scotland who desired to belong to a group, local enough to facilitate regular meetings.
We prepared a questionnaire which we distributed at the Scottish Woodworking Exhibition in March 2002, and we received over 40 declarations of interest for the formation of a more local group, (not all from the Strathclyde area). We then drew up a proposed Constitution and Rules and invited all those who had filled in our form to attend an inaugural meeting on 7th April 2002. Sixteen people attended this meeting, and there was unanimous agreement that a West of Scotland Group be formed. The name, Strathclyde Woodturners was agreed, Rules and Constitution were adopted, and a Committee elected. We also decided to be affiliated to the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain, which although expensive, gives certain advantages, e.g. public liability insurance cover for exhibitions, demonstrations etc.
Amongst other aims, our constitution seeks to foster a greater awareness of the Turners’ Art & Craft, and to promote the art of Woodturning amongst both Woodturners and the General Public. Consequently we have held, and will in the future, hold public demonstrations and exhibitions. For these, we require to hire larger premises, and depending on the event, we may be required to pay fees and expenses to professional demonstrators.
During the Summers we have been invited to participate in various woodland related events, where we demonstrate woodturning, and give hands-on experience. We have also been approached by other bodies, e.g. organisations for the physically disabled, such as the ALPHA Project, also the Scottish Prison Service, to provide assistance in training, rehabilitation etc.
Our present membership, which is open to all, is now over 30. The number of persons attending our monthly meetings averages 20. At present the group meets Jim Pearson’s garage and office on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. As the premises can probably accommodate a maximum of 25 persons, and most members have their own workshop, the monthly meetings are mainly confined to demonstrations, talks, discussions etc. However, the Club does own some equipment which members may use with prior arrangement with Jim.