Welcome to Lancashire & Cheshire Woodcarvers

About the club

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

See Risk Assessment

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.    

 See Risk Assessment

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

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 […]

Life sized elephant sculptures

I came across a story of these sculpted elephants that are travelling around the world to increase awareness of the plight of elephants in India.   I wondered how these life sized elephants were made?  The best I could find, initially was in The Hindu newspaper “The sculptures have been crafted from Lantana camara, a plant introduced […]

Bob Burton – Journey to being a carver

Back in September 28, 2019, Bob is a new member and told us about his first adventures in carving.   One day, he had amazing luck, and found an advert in a carving magazine for a Furniture Making school that was only yards away from his front door.  There he could make what he wanted with […]

Michael Painter- Master Carver

On Saturday 18th August 2018 Michael Painter gave us another fantastic insight into his carving expertise. He had his career chosen for him by helpful Job Centre employee who volunteered to ring for an appointment. He served his apprenticeship, but did not know that a huge stone heraldic carving was to be his apprentice piece […]

Richard Colbran talked about Relief Carving

On 19th May 2018 Richard ( a long standing member of the club with a wealth of experience)  brought in a number of his relief carvings and gave us a talk relief carving.   He discussed a number of tricks and tips around adding dramatic shadow, the difficulty of perspective in high relief carving and thinking […]