Our club is an active wood craft club that has grown from small beginnings and temporary meeting places in the early 1980’s to now having our permanent club rooms. The club was the second Woodturning club to be formed in NZ, and continues to grow with increasing numbers of members.
The club is affiliated to the National Association of Woodworkers of NZ Inc. (NAW). The NAW produces a valuable magazine called “Creative Wood” four times a year. The publication contains articles and tips from NZ and overseas contributors as well as lists of NZ clubs and dates of conferences and symposiums, weekend “hands on” plus demonstrations that other clubs arrange. The magazine is great value and so are the listed events. The NAW arranges for overseas and national demonstrators, on occasion, to travel to local clubs. Membership of the NAW is optional but at $45 per year which includes subscription to the magazine, voting rights at national level and an invitation to submit your ideas, tips and articles, it is very good value!
Our club has seven lathes, tools and accessories and currently has recently completed extensions to the building. Members are mostly hobbyist wood crafters, but we enjoy the company of professional and semi professional wood turners. Help and advice are given freely by members, a characteristic of the woodturning fraternity. Visitors and members give demonstrations on alternate club nights. The other monthly night is a “hands on” event which enables all to ask questions, learn new techniques, use of tools and many other skills. Occasional visits to other wood turner’s workshops are arranged. Combined help with obtaining wood stock, as it becomes available is another club activity.
We have Club night on the first and third Tuesday of the months. Program starts at 6:30pm till 9pm. Clubrooms are open around 6pm, so do come early for a chat and a cuppa. The evening is usually devoted to demonstrations by a Club member or an invited demonstraror, sharing information and tricks-of-the-trade about techniques, materials, tools and supplies. Club night is about learning from peers, trouble-shooting and enjoying being surrounded by likeminded people with a passion for making wood chips and finely crafted wares.
Members are encouraged to bring along their successful and not so successful projects for display on “the table”. An open explanation of the maker’s methods, wood used and problems encountered, is our way of sharing knowledge. An occasional competition is arranged, producing a wide range of shapes, ideas and techniques to learn from. The table can also be used as a ‘skite’ table. We all aim to perfection but while the maker can always see the imperfection, others may not, but the professional judge can!
The present club rooms were built by members 1997 – 2000 and under arrangements with the Quarry Trust, they now own the building and a yearly sum is paid by the club for power and insurance of the building only. Because it is used by other craft people, drawing and painting groups, from time to time, it is essential to leave the club room tidy and secure, with tools and accessories locked in their appropriate cupboards after use.
Each November, an annual dinner is organised at The Kamo Club and member’s production for the year is displayed and judged by a visiting judge. Various specific entry categories of turning and wood craft (including furniture) make a broadly interesting and social evening.
Each year, during December we rent a shop in the city to display and sell the accumulated products of the members. A 15% commission is taken by the club to cover expenses. Two club members volunteer to man the shop each day.
The annual subscription to our local club is $50.00 per year, payable after the Annual General Meeting in March. Each meeting night, the first and third Tuesdays of the month, (except January), members are expected to pay $5.00 to cover tea/coffee and routine club maintenance.
Each year a group of our members go the extra mile and are volunteering in our committee.
Current members are:
Don Coutts President
Paula Smith Vice President
Raja Raman Treasurer
Simon Peacey Secretary
Our club rooms are situated in the beautiful Quarry Arts Centre in Whangarei's Western Hills.
21 Selwyn Avenue
09 435 5200
021 858 648