Wight Woodturners

Newtown Exhibition April 2015

Once again the National Trust invited Wight Woodturners to stage an Exhibition of their work in the historic Newtown Hall.  This gives us the opportunity show to the public the wide range of artistry, craftsmanship and turning skills within our small club.  We hoped to delight the visitors with our work and to keep alive the love of the Woodturners Craft.  A selection of the items on display was for sale. Who knows, we may even enthuse new members to join our small friendly band!

This year there was a small separate display of the winning pieces from recent Competitions held at the club which added a little colour and a lot of interest.  On each Sunday afternoon of the Exhibition we held turning demonstrations performed by several members in the “dungeon” below the meeting hall.

The meeting hall has a very tangible sense of history.  In 1584 Queen Elizabeth I awarded Newtown two parliamentary seats and in the following century the hall was built.  This “nominated borough” soon became one of the infamous "Rotten Boroughs" where democracy became non-existent and corruption was rife. The Reform Act of 1832 dissolved these "Rotten Boroughs".  Thank goodness all that has changed now!

A few pictures below show the setting-up, the displays of work and the demonstrating.  Just click on any of the small images to bring up a bigger picture.

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Photos - David Woodward & Peter Smart

Text & presentation – P Smart

April 2015

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