Coniscliffe Carving Club

The History of Coniscliffe Carving Club.


Alan Suddes and David Shires founders of Coniscliffe Carving ClubConiscliffe Carving Club was formed in 2000 when Alan Suddes and David Shires were discussing the number of people who carved alone in garden sheds and garages. They thought it would be a good idea to organize a club of like-minded carvers who could carve together, pass on ideas and also help to get other people interested in the pleasures of woodcarving. An article was published in the local paper and 12 people attended the inaugural meeting.

The Club was duly set up under the banner of the British Woodcarvers Association and a meeting place at High Coniscliffe School near Darlington was established. Since then the membership has grown to around 60 members, of all ages and abilities, with between 20 and 30 meeting each week.

Over the years we have been involved in various carving projects and some members have completed commissions.

Since the club was formed it has hosted BWA events and members have demonstrated the craft and displayed carvings at many local venues, as well as hosting a stand at the North of England Woodworking and Power tool Show in Harrogate each year. 

More experienced carvers amongst us have been rewarded with prizes for their efforts at local and regional level.
The club are currently involved in various community projects find out more