The Wanganui Turners and Woodcraft Group is a non-profit Club dedicated to promoting all aspects of wood turning, fretwork, carving, model making, intarsia and poker work. The Club goes back to the mid-70s, when Austin Brasell, from Sovereign Woodworkers, started it as a carving club. We have no paid officials and all facilities and events are organised by members.

We invite you to join us and to learn about wood turning, fretsaw and intarsia work. We give demonstrations (both watching and doing) where you can talk with others, ask questions, and participate in wood craft.

The Club meets at the City College woodwork room (entry off St Hill Street) at 7:30pm. Our meetings are on the first, second and last Tuesday of each month, with lots of machinery available to use. You're also most welcome to come along and talk to us on Saturday mornings at the River Traders Market in Whanganui.

Inter-club Activities

  • Central Districts Woodwork Expo, Palmerston North, May each year
  • Taranaki Woodcraft Festival, Waitara, Queens Birthday every 2nd year
  • National Woodskills Competition, Kawerau, early October each year
  • River City Traders Market

    Each Saturday we have a stall at the market on Moutoa Quay where we sell items made by members at either the Club and/or home. If using your own wood, the Club takes a 10% commission from any sales to help defray on-going costs and market fees. If using Club wood, the Club retains ownership of the item and all proceeds come back to the Club.

    Tools available to members include

  • Bandsaw
  • Scrollsaw
  • Lathe
  • Sanders
  • Grinders
  • Drill press
  • Please note: Use of these and other tools is subject to health and safety requirements.