Welcome to Lancashire & Cheshire Woodcarvers

About the club

We are back meeting in person now that Covid restrictions have been lifted.

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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 24 members. 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.

Please bring your own food and drink to club meetings as the kitchen is off limits due to Covid.    

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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

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month and most Thursdays during school term time from about 10am to 3pm

For full details of when we meet please click here.

Latest News, Updates and Events

David Kershaw Model Maker

Back in May 19, 2019 we had a visit from David Kershaw.     David  has always loved makings and uses wood, brass, plastic and electronics in his work.    There seems to be various levels of accomplishment in the model making world.  From bought plastic kits ready to be painted, through models made from scratch ( […]

Amber, Jet, Jade, and Ivory. Talk by Gill Smith (member)

Back in January 2019 Gill Illustrated her talk with slides and souvenirs from her holidays.                         Amber is a fossilised tree resin that is easy cut by hand or with a flexible shaft tool.  Usually a rich yellow but can be red or blue.  If […]

Marvin Elliot Woodcarver

Mick Illsley has recently been to Arran on holiday and met Marvin Elliot in his workshop.  The members who managed to Zoom on Thursday 29th July, heard all about it,   The offer of free chisels and the handing over of a large lump of lime on the promise that Mick will send him a picture […]

Walking Stick Making -Nick Pantelidies, John Adamson, Stewart Hood

Today I visited Hebden Bridge’s food market, and bought a buffalo horn from the dog food stall that usually has some antlers being sold as dog chews.   There was a new line in today – Buffalo Horn.    It was only £3.79 and it felt just right as a walking stick handle, so I […]

Sean Dyche portrait in 5.5 hours by John Adamson (member)

 Sean Dyche portrait in 5.5 hours by John Adamson (member) March 14, 2019/in Uncategorized /by john John had been asked to carve a portrait of Sean Dyche, manager of Burnley Football Club, on a tight budget.  The wood was a standing tree stump in a pub yard.  Photographs of Sean Dyche with his mouth shut […]

Woodcarving Tools

For some time I have been carving some quite intricate figures.   My normal tools don’t quite get to all the places I need them to go, so I have repurposed some metal engraving tools.    In the process I have looked at repurposing turning gouges and searched the internet for inspiration.    I came […]

Marquetry by Adrian Carter and Martin Haigh. Club members

Back in October 18, Adrian and Martin gave us a thorough insight into marquetry and even provided tools and veneer for us to have a go.    They have a different approach to the craft. Martin with finish work Martin started with a kit as an eight year old.  In the kits there are all […]

Bone carving by Nick Pantelides

Today we had a presentation and a variety of topics from one of our long-standing members – Nick Pantelides Nick’s morning session wasa discussion on carving in other media such as Bone, Alabaster, Soapstone, Ivory, animal horn and Antler. Bones need a lot of preparation to ensure all the marrow is removed. this includes first […]