Coniscliffe Carving Club


The Carving Club once again held its annual Christmas Party just before breaking up for the Festive Season. A large number of members attended and a good time was had by all. The main features, apart from meeting with friends, were the last raffle of the year- an enjoyable pub type quiz and lovely food brought in by members. Altogether a resounding success as the pictures below show.









Once again the Coniscliffe Carving Club occupied a stand at this prestigious event which takes place every year in Harrogate. We usually set up a stand in order to exhibit the carving talents of our members and to promote our craft. As usual the show drew large crowds of woodworkers and general public to browse the many and varied tools, woods and skills on display.

As usual our Club exhibits received a lot of attention and drew many admiring comments. Once again we had a number of people who expressed an interest in carving and wanted to know how to join our club. It is a measure of the success of Coniscliffe Club that we are pretty full up with members. We have limited space in our school hall for safe carving to take place and so, unfortunately, we sometimes have to place keen potential carvers on a waiting list.

All in all the event was a great success for us and there are some photos below to show our stand in action.


In May 2017 the club took part in the BWA Inter Regional Carving Competition at at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. Five members of our club submitted carvings which had taken months to complete. A considerable number of the 31 Regional Clubs took part and the event was very popular.

We were delighted to hear that Coniscliffe Club was awarded THIRD place- with a prize of £200. The pictures below show both the individual carvings and the overall presentation in a splendid cabinet- largely designed and constructed by Alan Suddes and Colin Laycock. The other contributing carvers were Duncan McConnachie, Wayne Harkus and Chris Mcguffin.

Final carvings in Cabinet.

Archbishop of York by Wayne Harkus.

Locomotion No i (1825) by Colin Laycock.

Coal Mining scene by Alan Suddes.

St Cuthberts Cross by Duncan McConnachie.

Yorkshire Rose by Duncan McConnachie.

RiverDale by Chris Mcguffin.