The Club Basic Profile

We are a relatively small club but developing, currently having around 20 members and originally held club meetings in a nice sized barn at a farm not too distant from our present situation, until the farmer decided to up sticks and move to the Wisbech area.

Fortunately for the club one of  the members offered to continue the running of the club, which was readily accepted, also to our good fortune, his family happen to run a Funeral Directors business and his father generously agreed to permit the club to utilize his workshop.

We are situated in the beautiful county of Cornwall surrounded by the glorious countryside with rolling hills and streams dotted with cattle and sheep everywhere.  We are very close to the market town of Launceston.

Launceston is the chief town of a wide area lying between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. In Saxon time it was the site of a Royal Mint. By the 12th century the town itself had become walled (the only walled town in Cornwall) and for centuries the Assizes were housed here, in the castle itself and Guildhalls in the town. Launceston has been and still is an important market centre; the rights to hold such markets were among the privileges granted by Royal Charter. These Charters and other historical papers are housed in the Archives of Launceston. 

The club is being run by Roger Gubbin R.P.T. who is innovative and exceedingly keen and helpful whenever needed.  The club members assist on the hands on days.  We have several good turners and some improvers and learners.

The club benefits from two professional turners who demonstrate each year.  

Being an Affiliated Branch of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) allows the members to take advantage of all the benefits available discounts, insurance etc.

The club recently benefited from a Lottery Award. This has enabled the club to  upgrade equipment, including lathes, tools and audio and visual aids. As we develop and expand we have acquired the equipment we need to conduct regular demonstrations and to participate in local shows and craft fairs.

In 2007 Roger Gubbin R.P.T. was commissioned to turn a trophy on behalf of Prince Charles of Duchy Home Farm. To be presented every year at the Royal Cornwall Show.