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Dark Wood

Ever fancied woodturning but don't know where to begin? or are you already turning and need some advice or inspiration.
If so, come along to the Hands On sessions.

About Us

About Us

In 1997 professional woodturner and joiner David Hanlon ran his business from Amerton Farm, near Stowe-by-Chartley. As a part of his business he organized monthly meetings for hobby turners to learn more about woodturning techniques through ‘hands on’ evenings and watching demonstrations of woodturning by professionals.  The club that formed was known as 'Amerton Woodturners'.


After David moved his business from Amerton, a group of members decided to set up the current club, renamed it Stafford & District Woodturning Club and relocated to Hopton Village Hall, where it still meets today.  Several of the founding members are still part of the club.


Membership, although small, includes relative beginners through to experienced and skilled turners. We engage up to nine professionals through the year to demonstrate the widest variety of turning skills, artistic techniques/ideas and projects.

At the remaining meetings the more competent club members are invited to share their techniques and ideas with other members, in particular relative beginners, through ‘hands on’ sessions.


We are a low key and friendly club and offer a warm welcome to new members and visitors alike.


So whether you are an experienced turner or have a latent interest in wood and/or woodturning (perhaps from long ago woodwork lessons at school!), why not pop in at any of the meetings listed in the calendar of events or get in touch.

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Annual membership is £38.00 per annum


The Treasurer is happy to take payments in person at the conclusion of the AGM in December, alternatively at or before the January meeting


Members joining in July or after pay £15.00 membership fee


There is a fee of £3 per monthly meeting payable on the day at the door, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits during the break.


Visitors are welcome at a fee of £5.00 per meeting



2023 Meetings/Events

Monday 9th January - 7:30pm to 10pm -

Monday 13th February - 7:30pm to 10pm - Informative demonstration from Dave Murdoch

Monday 13th March - 7:30pm to 10pm - 

Monday 3rd April - 7:30pm to 10pm - Tony Jones creating his vortex bowl

Monday 15th May - 7:30pm to 10pm - Paul Bellamy's 'hints and tips'

Monday 12th June - 7:30pm to 10pm - Paul Hannaby demonstrating push fit lidded boxes

Monday 10th July - 7:30pm to 10pm - Hands on Session

Monday  August - 7:30pm to 10pm - Rob Till creating his involuted candlestick

Monday  September - 7:30pm to 10pm - Hands on Session

Monday  October - 7:30pm to 10pm

Monday  November - 7:30pm to 10pm

Monday  December - 7:30pm to 10pm - Club AGM (with mince  pies)

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Contact/Find Us

Contact / Find Us

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in messaging us using the form below, email or call Margaretta on 01785 603304.

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Our meetings are held at Hopton Village Hall, Wilsmore Hill Lane, Hopton, Staffordshire. ST18 0AW

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