Hello August

Hello again, we can’t quite believe it’s August already! So, here’s our update on what has been happening throughout July and what’s coming up in August.

August Courses

11th August – Pyrography Course with Lisa Shackleton – Spaces available: 5
For more information and booking click here

13th August – Sharpening Course with Mick Hanbury – Spaces available: 5 on each session
For more information and booking click here

14th August – Pen Turning Course with Mick Hanbury – Spaces available: 2
For more information and booking click here

15th & 16th August – Woodturning Course with Mick Hanbury – Spaces available: Fully booked
For more information and future dates click here


On the 17th August we have our summer open event. Our main demonstrator this year is Richard Raffan. Unfortunately, tickets for the Saturday are now sold out but we are holding another demonstration on the Friday, we have limited number of tickets left at the moment but we expect this to be sold out shortly. Click here to book your tickets now. Please note the Friday is not an open day, it is purely the demonstration with Richard Raffan. We are not taking any walk-ins; all tickets must be booked in advance due to having limited seating available.

From the 20th August to the 1st of September, our parent company Robert Sorby will be on the Woodturning Cruise! If you’re onboard pop over and say hello.

New Products

Our Cyanoacrylate glues by Vitalbond have been replaced by the Chestnut Cyanoacrylate glues. They’re available in the same sizes as before.

We also have the new Chestnut Iridescent Paints available. So far, they’ve proven very popular and after looking at examples of people’s work, we can see why. 


It is coming – we promise! We’re still working hard to get it just right. We’re working on all the new products and trying to get everything photographed ready for production. We’re still aiming for a September launch!

Our Presence Online

Our Facebook page is still busy. We have regular posts for you to show off your work and we will have more competitions coming up throughout August so keep a look out for that. Click here to join us on Facebook.


So, last month we asked:
Which wood is technically a grass, neither softwood or hardwood. Unlike other woods, the most usable part is toward the exterior of the trunk. It doesn’t show any growth rings and has no knots.

And the answer was:
Black Palm

Did you get it right?

This month our question is:
What is the definition of a hardwood?
A – Any wood with a specific gravity over .8
B – Any wood that can be used in construction
C – Any wood that is too hard to scratch with a fingernail
D – Any wood that comes from a broad-leaved tree

Answer will be revealed next month

6th August 2018

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