The Dublin Chapter was founded in 1990, and it is a Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild (IWG). The Chapter has members from throughout the Dublin area and surrounding counties. Initially, chapter meetings were held in Larch Hill, the national campsite of Scouting Ireland. In 1997 as the numbers attending monthly meetings had outgrown the Larch Hill venue the meetings were moved to Terenure College. Meetings are now held in the Willington Scout Hall in Templeogue. Please see the section on Monthly Meetings below for more details a map arrears on the home page.
There is a membership charge of €60.00 per year to cover Chapter newsletters etc.
We are always happy to welcome new members. If you would like to come along to one of our monthly Saturday meetings and see if you like it, please contact any member of the committee, or email us. Details here.
The Dublin Chapter holds its main monthly meeting on the first Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 a.m. and finishing about 1:00 p.m. The monthly meeting is a great place to meet fellow woodturners and participate in the various events like the monthly woodturning competition etc. The meeting usually consists of :
demonstration of woodturning
monthly woodturning competition
a cup of tea/coffee
opportunity to borrow books/videos/DVDs from the Book and video club
the chance to meet old friends and other woodturners.
The main monthly meeting is usually held in Willington Scout Hall.
To get to the Scout hall you should turn off the N81 at the Spawell Golf Centre (Wellington Lane). Pass the golf centre until you reach the roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout (Orwell Road) and go straight past the shopping centre (on your right). The Scout Hall is on your right at the next roundabout.
See map on Home page or simply type the eircode D6W AA14 into Google Maps.
The Chapter also hold a second meeting on the Wednesday following the Main Saturday meeting. This meeting is also held in the Willington Scout Hall beginning at 14:00.
The Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter which is distributed at the main monthly meeting and by email. The newsletter is also made available on this website in the Newsletters page.
The newsletter covers subjects such as:- Competition Results, Reports on demonstrations at meetings, book and video reports, advance notice of demonstrations and competition subjects, trade and member advertisements etc.
The Chapter holds a number of woodturning exhibitions each year. These are coordinated by the Exhibitions Committee which is appointed at the AGM.
The Chapter also facilitate members who host woodturning workshops in their own premises. Such workshops are announced in advance and members must make their own arrangements with the host. A contribution of €5, to cover tea and biscuits, is usual.
The AGM of the Chapter is usually held at the November meeting. At the AGM the committee for the next year is elected and the winners of the annual competitions announced and, of course, presentation of prizes.
Members of the Guild are covered for personal insurance whilst attending Guild events. The Guild also organise a third party optional insurance scheme which covers injury to third parties, teaching woodturning and product liability.
Please check with the Guild for full details of these policies.