Coniscliffe Carving Club

Community Involvement.    


Club members are currently involved in several projects.

Poenix House - Catterick Garrison Volunteeers from the Club make fortnightly visits to Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick to give woodcarving guidance and advice to war veterans and service personnel. Until recently this has been done in the Art room but work is ongoing on a new building. It is hoped that courses will begin here early in  2015. Recently Mr Ken Hutchinson contacted the club to say he had tools to donate. As he had served in the R.A.F. it was suggested these may go to Phoenix House. Mr Hutchinson went down with Duncan McConnachie and presented the tools, as well as being shown round the centre. Club members have also donated unwanted tools and some bought tools especially.

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Update on Phoenix House Workshop. 

The new woodworking workshop is now open at Phoenix House. It will allow veterans access to training and equiptment for various types of woodwork including, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Scroll Saw work as well as general wood work there is also a CNC router which can make various signs etc. Members of Coniscliffe carving club will be volunteering in conjunction with Master Carver Michael Painter to assist the veterans in a wood carving course designed by Michael . Below is a photo of the first session of the new course, Chris Morgan project leader overlooks  Rob, Ted and Andy carving a basic leaf design.

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Update Phoenix House Project

Volunteers from the club are now working with Master Carver Michael Painter who has designed a carving course for the veterans. Club volunteers now attend Michael's Warwickshire workshop to receive training they then pass on to the veterans at Phoenix House. Help for Heros are now planning on opening two more woodwork workshops in Colchester and Plymouth based on what has been done at Phoenix House.



Heart of Teesdale Project -We are also working in conjunction with the Heart of Teesdale Woodcarving in the Community Project which involves running a course to members of the general public who are interested in the traditional craft of woodcarving.  The first course was held in October and was a great success due to the expert tutoring by Alan Suddess from the club. Anotheer course is now being planned for Febuary 7th 2015.

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High Coniscliffe CE Primary School Carved Panel -  In appreciation for the school accommodating the club's weekly meetings. The club is going to carve and donate a large quilt style panel to be hung in the school main corridor. The panel will have the theme of Fairytales, ideas for the content being provided by the school pupils. The project will consist of 32 square segments each to be carved by a different club member in a group effort. The panel will also incorparate the school name and logo.

Update on the School carved panel

Members of the club have now all chosen the fairytales they are to carve and the wood has been handed out, so watch this space. Keith and Alan have planned out the design and its now up to the members to get carving so it can become a feature at the school.

The School Fairy Tales Carved Wall Plaque is Finished and Mounted

The club project to carve a wall plaque consisting of 34, seven by seven inch squares each carved by a individual club member depicting fairy tale characters to donate to Coniscliffe primary school has been completed.

The project ran by Keith Hardisty has involved many club members of all abilities and experience levels, some newer members taking a brave step to undertake a carving to be displayed in public, its a credit to the club and everyone involved. 

The plaque was installed in the main school corridor over the school holidays by Alan Suddes, Colin Laycock and Keith Hardisty, Alan also carved the lettering on the plaque. The children are sure to be delighted with the new feature upon their return to school. The school plans to also use the carvings in an educational role with the children.

The school staff who have had a sneak preview of the finished article have told Keith they are delighted with both the finished carving and the effort the club members put into creating it. 

Thank You to all the members who were involved in creating the carving, it really has turned out well.