About Cheam Woodturners

Cheam Woodturners was formed in October 1999 to promote the art and craft of woodturning in the South London/North Surrey area.

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month covering a wide range of topics, with demonstrations and discussions together with a range of regularly used woodturning accessories for sale and a raffle and are always delighted to see interested newcomers.

For more details about the club, contact the Secretary, Chris Taylor at cheamwoodturners@gmail.com

We are associated with the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), and encourage all our members to join.


Our members include amateur and professional turners, all of whom are happy to share their skills and experiences. There is a wide age range and we have several female members as well as the rather larger number of men.

Click here to view Cheam Woodturners Association Constitution

As an bonus for members in October 2011 the club purchased a new Record DML 305 lathe and stand for use at practical evenings, demonstrations and out at shows. The lathe, stand, chucks and a set of tools are available to members to use for a one month period (from club meeting to club meeting). Tools will be sharp when you get them and then we will provide tuition (if required) on sharpening them when the kit is returned. Priority will be given to new members. The lathe and stand are easily transported in the boot of a car.

** Sorry, the Record lathe is currently unavailable for loan **

If you wish to take advantage of this loan scheme, please let Chris Taylor have your details. His email is cheamwoodturners@gmail.com or contact any committee member. To comply with the club insurance, the kit has to be signed out and in again each month.

We also have a small Axminster lathe and accessories available for loan — same terms and conditions apply.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to use either of the club lathes.


Alongside our monthly meetings Cheam Woodturners undertake other activities including arranging occasional trips to shows, taking stalls at local craft fairs and tree harvesting.

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We are twinned with Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association and their website is here.


The Frank Clarke competition (in memory of our founder and chairman), is held annually and has three categories, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Rules for this competiton can be found here.




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