Welcome to Lancashire & Cheshire Woodcarvers

About the club

Lancashire & Cheshire Woodcarvers was formed in 1992 to promote woodcarving across the two counties and to allow its members to share a common enthusiasm, ideas and improve their carving skills in a friendly and supportive club.  Carvers of all levels of experience are welcome, and beginners can be sure of a friendly reception.

We currently have over 30 members.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are currently only meeting via video.  In normal circumstances we meet monthly on a Saturday and regularly have speakers and demonstration on carving techniques and wider woodcraft. Optionally there are also a regular weekly informal carving sessions on a Thursday for the majority of the year. For full details click here.

Members have access to the clubs extensive library of carving books and videos. The club also has tools that are available for beginners to use at meeting.

Where to find us

Address

Spotland Methodist Church
Rooley Moor Road
Spotland
Rochdale
OL12 7DQ

* Please use the side entrance on Tenby Street

When we Meet

For full details of when we meet please click here.

Latest News, Updates and Events

Walking Sticks with Nick Panteledies

Nick laid out his main criterion for a walking stick – It must be comfortable.  This is at variance with the British Stickmakers Guild (www.thebsg,org,uk) which marks sticks down if they are not billiard cue straight, amongst it’s other petty rules. Sticks are traditionally made from hawthorn, ash, holly, hazel although interesting sticks can be […]

Member’s carvings Feb 2018

Carving for Towneley Park Nature Trail by Richard Colbran The notes below have been taken from the Towneley News 2018 Smallholdings Trail This nature trail was instigated by a Park Ranger about seven years ago, in collaboration with the Friends of Towneley Park. It provides an easy walk of about three quarters of a mile, […]

Garden Friends by Stuart Hood

Stuart says ” .  I always find it hard to make up my mind what to carve next , so whilst clearing out my shed I found some old carvings I had done five or six years ago, these are the lower two on the stump and one on the back of the shed. I […]

Fence post art by Richard Colbran

My Garden Friends Richard says –  Over the last 20 years, a major interest has been the production and maintenance of out-door nature carvings for the local parks, making trail-markers and other interesting features for the benefit of the general public. Seven years ago, when re-jigging our garden after a house move, we decided to […]

CLUB TRIP TO THE OLD WORKHOUSE, PATELEY BRIDGE

On August 2nd, Club members enjoyed a visit to the collections of craft workshops now housed in the Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge. (http://www.kingstreetworkshops.co.uk/) Joseph Hayton, the stone mason, invited us into his workshop, and told us about his career and his carvings. Among those on show were two carving of Green men, one […]

The Wall in the Wilderness – Tasmania

A relative of a friend was a £10 Pom and now lives in Tasmania.   He introduced me to this work which is amazing. It is carved in flat-relief out of Huon Pine by self-taught sculptor Greg Duncan and is telling the history of the Tasmanian Central Highlands. On massive wood panels 3 metres high. […]

David Nash – A Personal View by John Adamson

I saw some of David Nash’s work on tv the other day, and thought I would share my memories. Back in the late 90s, I was a “rather older than the rest of the year” sculpture student as the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.     There was a request for students to provide […]

John Adamson on Planning a Wood Carving,

This is a report of a meeting on 15th July 2017 John Adamson shared his knowledge from a lifetime of woodcarving. His motto for carving was “Planning time is cheap, time for doing corrections is expensive.” John encouraged us to consider several things before we start to carve. Think carefully about perspective especially if copying from […]