Carving out a new hobby in wood

Barry Howcroft woodcarver at St. Cuthberts Church Hall Billingham
Barry Howcroft woodcarver at St. Cuthberts Church Hall Billingham

A CLUB has launched in Billingham for anyone looking to carve out a new niche for themselves in wood carving.

Potential members are invited to go along and give it a go.

The Cleveland Wood Carving Club launched last Thursday and around a dozen members have already shown willing.

It is held at St Cuthbert’s Church hall in Church Road, Billingham, between 1pm-3pm.

Founder Vince O’Donnell has been a members of a similar club in Darlington for a number of years and wanted to provide a place more locally for carvers.

“I had done one or two demonstrations in Teesside and people have expressed an interest in wood carving but didn’t want to travel.

“It is open to any adults and we are inviting people to come along and have a look and see if it is for them.

“The A19 corridor is our target membership.

“Most people who try it like it and one of the good things is you make an awful lot of friends.”

The club is part of the British Woodcarvers Association, which promotes the art and craft of wood carving and sculpture in all its forms.

Members of the Cleveland club can carve almost anything their in their imagination.

“It is such a wide remit,” added Vince.

Typical creations range from decorative spoons and paperweights to wooden lettering, faces and animal sculptures.

Everything is carved using simple hand tools such as a carver’s mallet.

For more details about the group email them at