Our speaker this month was Stuart Smith, who worked on the cold-case review of the Yorkshire Ripper Hoaxer as a Detective Sergeant and the purpose of his very professional and well delivered talk was to put forward a completely unbiased view of the detail and content of the Sunderland Letters and Tape.
A right royal day out, adventure sailing on the high seas and lots of information are all waiting for you to read in this latest newsletter.
Happy New Year! You can catch up on all the news in this latest newsletter and also find details of forthcoming meetings and events.
Melanie Wilks, sculptor, was our excellent speaker this month. Read all about her amazing work in this newsletter. You can also find details of forthcoming meetings and events.
Our September newsletter is full of information relating to our forthcoming meetings and events.
Before closing for the summer recess, we had pleasure in welcoming David Peckham to our May meeting on 14 May. Our next meeting will be on 10 September.
After a successful AGM, we are planning future events.
Peter Berry ran a full day workshop leading us in carving Fred 2.
John Daniels gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘30 years of humour in the Police Force’.
Report of our January meeting.
For our November 28th Shepley extended meeting, we welcomed once again to our meeting room the very skilled and charismatic Mike Painter.
The Christmas luncheon was a great success on Saturday 12 December.
The October meeting broke with tradition and a most fascinating time was enjoyed under the guise of "Uncle Frank's Archive".
The September newsletter reports on the superb demonstration given to the club members by internationally renowned woodturner and sculptor, Joey Wood.
The August newsletter contains information on the forthcoming carving classes as well as an update on recent events.
Mick Stidever's carvings for members to see.
Mick Stidever, an author of several books, was our speaker at the May meeting.
John Hudson entertained the members with an amusing account of his experiences of potting amazing items over a career spanning 49 years.
Everest the Old Way - David Peckett and John Driskell entertained members and friends at the February Shepley meeting with their illustrated talk recounting their trips to Everest base camp in 1967 and 2010.
Our own member, John Farrar, entertained members and friends at the January Shepley meeting with his illustrated talk on Monochrome Photography.
This month's newsletter contains a report of our annual Christmas Luncheon with guest speaker, Chris Helm, in the presence of our Patron Dr Ingrid Roscoe, husband Marshall and Glen.
David Lowe gave a superb demonstration of the art of woodturning.
Anne Smallman demonstrated and then encouraged members to have a go at encaustic art.
Don Barker, Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a Yorkshire blacksmith, who has forged 4 bronze lanterns for the Queen Mother's Memorial in The Mall. spoke about the history of Guilds.
This newsletter covers the summer months of May to August.
This month we held our 23rd Annual General Meeting.
This month we were entertained with an excellent demonstration from Peter and Daniel from Axminster Tools on sharpening chisels.
Local man, David McDonald, told of his life as a radio operator on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.
In a swift gallop through the history of milestones, from the Romans to the present day, Jan Scrine Chair of the Milestone Society, told the fascinating story of these ancient stones and posts that punctuate our landscape.
At the November meeting Graham Lockwood gave a most interesting demonstration on how to make automata and challenged members to make one for the competition at the Christmas Lunch next month.
The inspiring carver, Thompson Dagnall, entertained us.
August & September 2013
There were no August or September meetings as members were busily displaying the new panel at the August Halifax Agricultural Show and at the Halifax Town Hall over the September Heritage weekend.
Chris Helm kindly stepped in at the last minute and entertained us with an amusing talk entitled 'All in a day's work'.
Alison kindly stepped in at the last minute and proved to be an incredibly interesting and informative speaker, who took us on a journey back in time.
April & May 2013
April was the AGM. At the May meeting, John Farrar entertained us with several humorous stories and entertaining recollections as he began to talk through some of the 'most unusual carvings' brought to the meeting by members.
Tony Powell brought to life the times of Grinling Gibbons, an artist in wood.
Derek Adams, a well-known member of the Brooksbank class, told his salty tale of boat-building at the February meeting.
Colin Pratley and Trevor Stanley, both trusty members of the club, told the assembled throng about their working life as pattern makers; lots of cheerful stuff about 'when I were a lad', wanders down memory land and the good old days.
A sleight-of-hand magician, a pair of Laurel and Hardy look-alikes and a magnificent man who jumped from a flying machine brought all the fun of the fair to our Christmas lunch.
Peter Berry led members through a step-by-step guide to carving faces.
Graham Kelly gave a fascinating talk on segmented woodcarving.
Susan Evans, a member of the British Toymakers Guild, showed us how she makes and sells some marvellous wooden toys.
Adrian talked the members through the plans for the group's next project - carving a panel for the Forget me Not Children's Hospice.
Mark Raby, one of the most knowledgeable wood finishers in the country, showed us how to make a fine woodcarving even more attractive.
Michael Painter gave us practical advice on how to carve a hand and an eye in what was an excellent session.
Malcolm Taylor's tales of stickmaking raised many a smile at the May meeting.
Mike Disley gave a superb talk on his life in stonecarving and gave a demonstration.
Graham Collins gave a talk and allowed members to see the incredible miniature tools that he makes.
Mike Disley, a local stonecarver, came to run the meeting.
Peter Berry ran a highly successful practical workshop where members made a 'fred'.
Mike Chambers and Bryan Hodgson demonstrated how to sharpen chisels using various methods.
The club joined our friends the Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers for a joint exhibition at the Heritage Open Day on Sunday 11 September at Townley Hall, Burnley.
A free and easy session was the order of the day for the August meeting.
Russell Elliott gave an inspirational talk on the origin and carving of netsukes.
Patrick McLauglin from Heritage Inspired gave an illustrated talk on the Green Man and other carvings.
This month our speaker was Howard Boyd, on his return visit after a period of 3 years, who gave an enlightening and highly entertaining talk.
This month's meeting was the Annual General Meeting.
Jack Metcalfe, Marqueteur, gave an illustrated and fascinating talk on the work of Thomas Chippendale with examples from his own projects.
Joanne T Kell gave an excellent demonstration and presentation of the techniques involved in wildlife drawing.
Peter Berry gave a superb presentation of figure carving.
November & December 2010
This newsletter covers the activities of November and December including the presentation of the panels.
Demonstration by members of Birstall Woodturning Club.
Joint meeting with our friends, the Lancashire and Cheshire woodcarvers.
Jonathan Albutts brought us once more his rather odd sense of humour and his amazing skill in stone carving.
Frank Bromhead, one of our members, gave a very interesting and moving account of his time spent aboard HMS Indefatigable.
Graham Harker and his wife, Sue, gave a fascinating tak into building rocking horses.
Chris Scaife gave a suprb talk on the worl of Robert Thompson, "The Mouseman" of Kilburn.
Steve Blaylock, Metal Sculptor, gave a talk full of humour and interest on his metal sculptures.
Philip Abbott did a spendid job, taking our 64 members and guests through the history of the Royal Armouries - Britain's oldest museum, holding in trust one of the greatest and most comprehensive collection of arms and armour in the world.
We managed to start 2010 with a slight hitch, thanks to the weather, with a thick blanket of snow ruiing our first meeting of the year.
November 2009 & Deember 2009
In November we enjoyed a full day's workshop with Michael Painter. On 12 December, our excellent Christmas Lunch was held once again at Meltham Golf Club.
David James, with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the history, design and the intricacies relating to the construction of the many varieties of shooting sticks and shepherds' crooks, entertained us.
Joint meeting with Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers at Townley Park, Burnley.
Presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services by Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
After club business was discussed, the artist, Richard Gawthorpe was introduced and a most amusing talk was given.
In the absence of Jane, Adrian, our new Coodinator, opened the meeting. David Hey, Brian Hodgson and Mike Hadfield presented the draft ideas for the 2 panels proposed for the Royal Armouries.
Martin Norman gave a very interesting talk and slide show on how to cast items from, for example, relief carvings to bronze.
Brian Taylor gave a very interesting talk on caricature carving accompanied by a huge display of examples.
Jim Wrathall, one of our members, gave a very intersting tak on Misericords.
For the start of 2009, we were pleased to welcome Bob Chapman and some of his colleagues from the West Riding Woodturners. Bob entertained us to a demonstration of bowl turning.
The Christmas Luncheon was held at Meltham Golf Club with Ian Clayton as the speaker.
Keith Royle from the British Decoy Wildfowl Carvers Association gave a very interesting talk on carving decoy wildfowl.
Thompson Dagnall gave a very interesting and informative talk with slide show on his large scale carvings.
A lively meeting was held on the theme "Woodcarvers' question time".
Brian Chapman gave a very interesting and informative talk on "Commission work for woodcarvers".
Graham Wilson gave a moving talk on his vision of how our Club members can become involved in providing instruction in woodcarving to disadvantaged young people.
Bary Isles gave a very interesting and informative lecture and demonstration on sharpening tools.
Once again we were entertained by Graham, who gave a splendid talk on his main hobby - kite flying.
Howard Boyd gave a splendid talk on his world of woodcarving.
David Hey spoke on marquetry.
Graham Lockwood spoke on automata.
October 2007 & November 2007
The meeting on 20 October was a combined one with the Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers at their venue. At the meeting on 3 November, Dominic Suddaby gave an excellent presentation on stick-making.
John Gray gave an excellent presentation on aero modelling.
Albert Hobson, one of our Life Members, provided an excellent presentation on pyrography.
Colin Wilson provided an excellent presentation on fretwork.
Bob Lees provided an amusing demonstration of pottery making.
This meeting was a tool sale along with bric-a-brac.
Malcolm Till, one of our members, gave a splendid talk, illustrated by his carvings, on relief carving.
This workshop had to be cancelled due to the snow.
George Moore from the Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers gave a talk and a demonstration of woodturning.
A 'Free and Easy' meeting was enjoyed by the members