Q&A Trafford Woodcutters


What is your practice? tell us how you became an artist maker, did
you study? self taught? materials you use etc

We are a local group of hobby woodworkers. Most of us are self taught,
although some members have been involved with wood as their main
occupation. We work with whatever woods come to hand and also other materials e.g.
Although mainly woodturners and woodcarvers, many of us have wider
woodworking interests.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Fun, challenging, new, interesting, & wood(of course)

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Do you have any art or design heroes?

Our members ‘heroes’ are often linked to our monthly programme of self
development/education based on visiting professionals.

Where is your studio?

We are based at Sale West Community Centre where we rent space for our
weekly working workshop meetings.
Additionally lots of us have our own workshops at home, around the
local area.

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Whatever takes our fancy! Due to lack of commercial pressure.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New

We are working on items for sale/display at local fairs & festivals
that we attend throughout the year.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

No we didn’t exhibit. Several of us did the trail and were so impressed
by the whole event that we are glad to be on board this year.

What will you be selling at SAT16?

With a mixture of makers there will be a wide range of wooden items on
display, many of which will be for sale. Prices will be suitable for
all pockets from pocket money upwards.
There will be lots of magic wands for young wizards and witches,
including some with incredible magic potential-so be aware any aspiring
There will be many others item , practical, useful, or simply a joy to
behold. All just fabulously tactile.
As well as selling throughout both days we will have up to 2 members
actually making a variety of their work. We will have a woodlathe with
us and some items will be available to be pyrographed to order on site.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

The courtyard to the rear of Sale Insurance Services office which is
on Washway Road. Access is via a passage at the side of the Bean &
Brush Family Cafe, The Old Sorting Office, 12 Hayfield Walk
We think our venue is ideal in terms of its central location.

Tell us something we don’t know

There are probably many local homes that already have something made by
us. A newel post knob to replace that one savagely removed in the name of
modernisation years ago. A chopping board used daily by somebodies mum, or dad.
An exquisite pen kept for the certain and exclusive use of its lucky owner.
A fine fruit bowl with pride of place. I know of one that is said to have magic qualities that                make even children eat fruit-so there!

Tell us something else we don’t know

Attached is a rather nice link to last years SAT. The piece of wood was a scrap offcut from a chainsaw carving of a chair. (sorry I have lost the name of the exhibitor, but it wasnt Tim Burgess) The guy very kindly allowed me to take it away and I had great fun making the shallow bowl in the picture. The wood is the star as it has marvellous marking for Sycamore which can be a very bland wood. Approx 350mm in diameter.

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