Port Elizabeth Woodturners Guild

Enhancing & Developing Woodturning in the Eastern Cape

About Us 

Our first meeting was held at the Mill Park Bowling Club on 14 July 1994. This meeting was arranged by Alec Jardine and attended by 22 people.
 The first competition, for a turned candlestick holder, was held in January 1995. This was won by Jan Nel of Queenstown.
 Alec pressed for the formation of a National Woodturning body, and the “Association of Woodturners South Africa” was formed in October 1995 with Alec as its first Chairman.
 At the 1997 AGM, Alec stood down due to health reasons, and Ben Zeelie was elected Chairman. Alec passed away in January 1998, and is still missed by those who knew him.

Nico Swart became the third Chairman of the Guild in 1998 , a position he has held for several years with distinction. Over the years we have had a lot of different woodturning competitions, with many varied winners and some wonderful designs and art pieces.

The guild has grown and strengthened with a mixture of members of different ages and backgrounds.
 In 2010 the guild staged the very successful 14th AWSA Symposium at Cape Receive School with Trent Bosch as main demonstrator.

2011 Saw the Guild taking the bold step to stage an art exhibition, at artEC in Bird Street, named Turned Wood Art. This was successfully repeated in 2012.
 The guild is particularly proud of three of its members who have stage solo art exhibitions at different art centers. Nico Swart (8), Hennie Odendaal (1) and Ashwin Ramhith (1).

Our objectives are to encourage woodturning and train interested people, by arranging demonstrations and talks on woodturning at various places in Port Elizabeth. We have invited professionals from Industry and Academic Institutions to give us presentations on various aspects including design, paint techniques and tool manufacture. The Guild has established its own library, with books, videos, DVDs and magazines that are available to all members.



Chairman:  Brian Jolly


Secretary: David Michie

Treasurer: Heinrich Blumenthal