Paul is a retired Civil Engineer who took up woodturning prior to retirement and joined Cheshire and North Wales Woodturners Association in 2000 after receiving a lathe for Christmas.
Paul says: ”I was told I would either be indifferent to turning or would be totally hooked…..How right they were, I remain addicted and enjoy its endless challenges!”
Paul spent some years as the Association’s Secretary and was Chairman from 2015 to 2017.
Dave is a retired Chartered Accountant and joined the CNWWA in October 2004.
Dave came to woodturning quite by chance. While having to occupy three hours in a hospital waiting room he went to the newspaper stand and while browsing the magazines spotted a copy of “Woodturning”, and thinking – “I used to enjoy woodwork at school” – bought it.
A two day course with Reg Sherwin (an advertiser in the magazine) followed to test the water. Two weeks later the lathe was on order and the relentless journey to ever more tools and wood had begun.
Dave found entering the Monthly Competitions a great help, using the comments, advice and encouragement of the more experienced members to develop his skills.
Dave has previously served as the club Secretary.
Retiring in 2011, Howard resumed an interest in most things wooden. Trips to the Harrogate Show, excursions into carving, scroll saws and routers eventually resulted in attending a five day woodturning course at the Axminster Skills Centre in February 2015. At the end of the course Howard purchased a lathe and a few tools and began his adventure into making round things.
Howard first came to the Club in March 2015 and has been coming along ever since. The Secretary’s job became vacant in 2016 and Howard offered to fill it – needless to say, Howard is still here and currently searching out demonstrators to enhance both his own know how and source possible demonstrators for future Club evenings.