Cessnock Woodturners Club celebrates 20th anniversary

Cessnock Woodturners Club celebrated its 20th anniversary with an open day on September 16.

The club started as a sub-branch of the Newcastle Woodturners of the Hunter in 1994; became an independent club in 1997 and moved into its current home on the grounds of Mount View High School in 2007.

Woodwork enthusiasts from Tamworth, the Upper Hunter and Newcastle travelled to Cessnock to help the club celebrate its milestone occasion.

Club president Steve Shaw said the club has almost 50 members and welcomes new members, with free training provided.

Its activities include woodturning and other woodworking activities such as scroll saw work, pyrography, carving, box making,  furniture making and marquetry.

Mr Shaw said the club has been steadily improving its machinery and equipment and now has some remarkable equipment for producing precision woodwork. It also has a sit-down lathe that is suitable for use by people in wheelchairs.

The club runs mentoring programs with Mount View High School, with members providing tuition in woodturning to students selected by the school.   

Contact Mr Shaw on 0407 234 183 for membership inquiries.

CELEBRATION: Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent, Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr, Cessnock Woodturners Club hononary life member Peter Chappell, Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock Woodturners Club president Steve Shaw at the club' 20th anniversary open day on September 16. Picture: supplied

CELEBRATION: Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent, Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr, Cessnock Woodturners Club hononary life member Peter Chappell, Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock Woodturners Club president Steve Shaw at the club' 20th anniversary open day on September 16. Picture: supplied