Southern Fellowship of Woodworkers

Our Fellowship brings together anyone with a passion for woodwork, whether beginner, enthusiastic hobbyist or skilled professional
  • Knowledge and experience to help your woodworking
  • Inspiration through our series of professional speakers
  • Guidance on the best places for supplies and what to avoid!
  • Insights from woodworkers for new ideas and approaches
  • Terrific camaraderie with like-minded woodworkers

Forthcoming Events

Meetings Are Open To All

Our meetings are normally held at the stunning medieval Cross Barn in Odiham. However, during these times of Covid restrictions, we are meeting online using Zoom. We will be back in the Cross Barn as soon as permitted, although we are likely to continue online as well, for those who are unable to join us in person.


Aidan McEvoy | James Mursell

Aidan McEvoy Fine Furniture are bespoke furniture makers based in Farnham, Surrey. They design and create unique pieces of furniture to their customers’ requirements in any style: modern, traditional, classical or contemporary. They also offer a range of woodworking and furniture making courses suitable for all abilities.

Aidan will be talking about his new range of custom furniture and will feature a versatile new jig he has developed to help make chairs.

Some will remember James Mursell, who spoke to us recently about his Windsor Chair making courses. James has developed a new tool, a combination of a spokeshave and a scraper, which he calls the spokescraper. James will be demonstrating this tool at our meeting.



 Anthony Dain | Edward Johnson

Anthony Dain of the Sylva Wood Centre in Oxfordshire is an established bespoke furniture maker with an excellent reputation for a wide range of contemporary furniture items to exacting standards. He takes inspiration from traditional British furniture, American Shaker and Scandinavian designs and more recently Japanese joinery.

Tony combines texture, pattern, material and shape, uniting craft and design in a celebration of both the material and the maker. His website has some great items he has created.
Based at the Sylva Wood Centre, Tony will share how their focus encourages the use of home-grown timber from a wide variety of perspectives.
Edward Johnson of Edward Johnson Furniture near Chichester is a furniture designer and maker who established his own business in 2009 after gaining invaluable experience working in the furniture design and manufacturing industry. He describes his work as “being led by a core desire to challenge and innovate”. His designs are often conceptually based, but with form and function always to the fore.



Wayne Grover

Wayne Grover, Principal of Grover Furniture, Headley, Hampshire is the second generation of this very successful enterprise building custom furniture and fitted kitchens for clients.
Wayne will describe their unique approach to design and custom build which has earned this business an enviable reputation for quality with distinction in building studies, bedrooms, kitchens and wide range of custom furniture.
Take a look at Wayne’s website to see some examples of his work.



David Stephenson

David Stephenson, Stephenson Furniture, Weyhill, Hampshire has been creating custom furniture for over 12 years.  A Hampshire based furniture design-maker, David specialises in designing and creating unique pieces of bespoke handcrafted freestanding furniture. He uses only sustainably sourced timber combined with his traditional craftsmanship to create furniture built to last!
David has also recently built a replica Roubo workbench which can be viewed on his interesting and informative website.

Examples of Our Members’ Work


Dreams Delivered

Bill Clayden, a founder member of the Fellowship, was appointed our first Fellow in 2019. This book, produced by members the Fellowship, celebrates Bill’s life of woodworking, and also shows examples of his wife Jenny’s creations as a widely-exhibited designer of papier-mâché figures.


2019 Calendar

Connect with Us

Become a Member

For an annual subscription of £40, you can support our Fellowship, and take part in workshop visits and other events, in addition to attending our regular meetings. Members are always happy to help out and share their expertise whether you are an absolute beginner, or more experienced. If there is a tool you need for a particular task, there is sure to be a member who has one. If you want advice on techniques, you will find a member who has done it. Skills range from using hand tools, power tools and workshop tools to CAD, Sketchup and CNC. When we hold a tool sale, you will receive early notice of tools available.