The Ely Guild of Woodturners enjoyed an incredibly successful hands-on day on Saturday 21 April at The Little Thetford Village Hall. The event has been held for a number of years, but this year saw a record number of attendees including young and old alike.
Members of the public were able to have a go at woodturning under the expert eye and guidance of some of our senior, expert turners. The hall was equipped with numerous lathes, a pyrography table and a large selection of members’ work for people to see.
It was great to see quite a few young people under the age of fourteen trying their hand at the craft, and one lady who had a go actually completed a bowl and took it away with her – smiling faces all round.
One of the highlights of the day was a visit from the Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Hobbs. He even had a “turn” himself, although we made sure he removed his Chain of Office first!
Well done to Malcolm Arter for organising the day, and to all those EGW members who helped to make the day run smoothly. We hope this event has encouraged some of the visitors to take up the craft, and maybe join our Ely Guild of Woodturners too.
If anyone is interested in seeing more of our work, then do come along to our annual Art in Wood exhibition, which this year is being held between 18 – 27 August at the Cathedral Centre in Ely. For more information, visit our website www.elyguildofwoodturners.org.uk and do follow us on Twitter @ElyWoodturners.