20 yearsSept 2016 – Celebrating our first 20 years


The club had its beginning as the “Splinters Club”, a woodturning class run by the Christchurch Polytechnic. The Tutor, Max Milesi, was retiring and the Clubs future was in the balance.

After some deliberation, a steering Committee was formed in October 1995 to consider where meetings might be held, the frequency of them and a suggested format. Subsequently, Bob Dow, Rex Marshall, Brendan McConnell, Soren Berger, George Forrester, Bruce Irvine and Denis Phillips formed the first Committee and the Christchurch Woodturners Assn. Inc. was started.

This year the “Christchurch Woodturners Assn. Inc.” are celebrating 20 years. We have planned a weekend of events on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2016.

Friday evening the 2nd will be a time of catching up with old friends, sharing stories, making new friends, taking tickets in the Raffle, cutting the Birthday Cake and Supper. This is to be held in the Harvard Lounge, Corsair Drive, Wigram. This is our present meeting venue.

All events on Saturday are being held at the Cashmere Club, 88 Hunter Terrace. There is an entrance on Colombo Street.

Saturday will be a day of turning with a theme – celebration. There will be some small lathes available if you don’t have one to bring. There will paints available for colouring turnings, Pyrography equipment, Dremel hand pieces etc.. Help will be available at all times.

Saturday evening will be a Celebratory Dinner. Time 6.30 to dine at 7pm.

We hope you will be able to attend at least one event or perhaps all. Husbands, Wives, Partners, Friends and Family WELCOME.

Download the registration form for you to fill in and please reply by August 25th for catering numbers.

Please email your reply to secretary.chchwoodturners@gmail.com or post to:

Christchurch Woodturners Assn. Inc.
PO Box 79187, Avonhead, Christchurch 8446

Friday 2nd Sept

  • 7:30pm, Harvard Lounge. Official Opening with Supper and Cake

Saturday 3rd Sept

  • 8am to 4pm, Cashmere Club Gymnasium – Hands-on Workshop
  • 6:30pm to Late, Cashmere Club – Formal Anniversary Dinner Saturday
    This will include Graduation and The Peter Hutchison Trophy

A bit of history

The first Annual General Meeting of the Christchurch Woodturners Association was held at the College of Education Lecture Theatre on March 7th, 1996, at 7.30pm.

A committee of eight was elected, three of whom are still on the present committee. An annual subscription of $25.00 was settled on, reducible to $20.00 if paid by June 30th. This subscription is still the same today.