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 held at the stunning medieval Cross Barn in Odiham. From September 2021, we will be back in the Cross Barn and the meetings will also be broadcast on Zoom for those who are not able to be with us in person.
If you are a member, you can of course attend all meetings. If you are considering joining us, you are welcome to come along and try out a meeting or two. If you would like to attend via Zoom, please email our secretary, Tim, for the link.

Before our meeting programme resumes, we have some visits planned for the summer months.


Anthony Dain and the Sylva Wood Centre

Anthony is kindly hosting us for a visit to his workshop, located at the Sylva Wood Centre in Oxfordshire, with a tour of the Centre and a chance to meet some of the other professional woodworkers, craftspeople and makers who use Sylva’s business hub.


Woodcarving Experience Day

After the great success of our woodcarving day in June, when our Secretary Tim introduced five novices to woodcarving, we are holding a repeat session. The attendees learn to carve a pair of dolphins with basic carving knives, and are introduced to power carving tools


Woodturning Experience Day

A day with Les Thorne of No Turning Back Woodturning to introduce attendees to basic tools and techniques on the lathe.


Various Visits

Visits to some or all of WL West & Sons timber merchants, English Woodlands Timber and Weald and Downland Living Museum.

Also to Arc Reclamation, CS Embling furniture restorers and FB Design cabinet makers.


Various Visits on the Isle of Wight

Visits to some or all of Jason Heap furniture maker, Bill Clayden (member’s workshop) and Andrew Cooper Organ Builders.


SFWW Members’ Day

Our Members’ Day, to be held at the Cross Barn, is an opportunity for members to reconnect after a long period without in-person meetings, and a chance to share and discuss projects completed during the lockdown. We are delighted and very privileged to have two well-known and distinguished guest speakers: John Makepeace in person, and Vic Tesolin online from Canada.

John Makepeace OBE FSCD has contributed to British woodworking and furniture design in many significant ways for many decades. He was a founder member of Crafts Council of the UK and a trustee of the V&A. He is perhaps best known among woodworkers as the founder of Parnham College, the alumni of which have made an incalculable contribution to British woodworking in the twentieth century and since.

Vic Tesolin is a woodworker, writer and educator in Canada and the US who is well known here for his contributions to Fine Woodworking Magazine. He has been technical advisor for Lee Valley Tools and currently runs the Vic Tesolin Woodworking training school. His philosophy is captured in his recently published book, the Minimalist Woodworker, now in its second edition.


Guest Speaker Tim Evershed

We are delighted that Time Evershed, furniture designer and cabinet maker will be giving a live talk at the Cross Barn (broadcast on Zoom for those who can’t make it in person). Tim’s business is Brook Studio, established in 2017. 

Before starting Brook studio, Tim studied Product Design, trained as a cabinet maker and worked for several furniture makers on the South Coast. His work is underpinned by the exploration of traditional craft techniques  and an understanding of natural material and a modern design aesthetic that draws influence from Shaker and Danish Mid-century archetype.


AGM with Speaker Tegan Foley

We are looking forward to welcoming Tegan Foley to our AGM. Tegan is Group Editor for The Woodworker & Good Woodworking magazine and Woodworking News.

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.