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FAQs

Membership

Woodturning360 is open to all woodturners around the world over the age of 16 years.

Membership of Woodturning360 costs £5.00 per month* and includes:

  • Professional demonstrations on the first Monday of each month
  • Club meeting on the first Tuesday of each month:
    • Woodturning Discussion
    • Show and Tell your woodturning work
    • Regular challenges
    • Advice clinic
    • Member Spotlight
    • Member demonstrations
    • Invited guests
  • Experienced meeting moderator;
  • eLearning Opportunities
  • Employed Club management;
  • Exclusive Facebook group
  • Bonus demonstrations
  • Business Backing
  • Professional leadership
  • Members Pin Badge and Smock Patch*
  • Product discounts**

*An additional £5.00 is charged when you join that covers the purchase and shipping of your exclusive member’s pin badge and embroidered smock patch.
** Product discounts will be emailed to you monthly from the start of your second month of membership

Membership is currently automatically billed monthly to the payment card you used to join with. It will continue to be billed until you cancel your membership.
As the club becomes more established, quarterly or yearly membership levels will be introduced.

Membership renewals are paid on the First day of the month, either monthly or quarterly – this is a choice you can make when joining.

If you join part way through the month, your first month will be charged a prorated amount from the day you join till the end of that month. After this time, you will be charged the normal amount on the First day of the next month.

You can change from Monthly to Quarterly, or vice versa from you account dashboard.

If you are a member but cannot access member-only content, then there is a chance that your membership has not yet been renewed for the current month (see below).

To check, view your Subscription page in your member dashboard by clicking here: https://www.woodturning360.com/my-account/subscriptions/ and checking to see if you have a pending payment. See below for an example.

If you see that you have a pending payment, click on the Pay button to renew your membership and complete the check-our procedure as usual.

Why Did This Happen?
There is a chance that your payment for the current month wasn’t successful (there are various reasons for this) and the website paused your membership whilst we wait for the renewal to complete.

What Happens if I Don’t Renew?
If your renewal is not received as scheduled, the website prevents members-only content being shown to you, including the links to our monthly meetings.
The site will try to renew your membership for you for a few days and let us, and you know by email if it is having problems.
After approximately 10 days, the website will automatically cancel your membership and send you a message reflecting this.
We will also be notified by the site, after which you will be removed from the Facebook group if you are a member there, too.

How Can I Prevent This Happening Again?
Keep an eye on your emails – This site will notify you of any problems with your membership payment. Take action by logging in to your account and making the payment manually.

Meetings

WT360 meets twice each month in the online meeting environment ‘Zoom’ – on the first Monday and Tuesday.

Each month, members are set a challenge. Sometimes this will be along a seasonal theme, or inspired by one of our remote demonstrations or it could just be a random idea.

There are two challenges each month. One for Beginners and one for Intermediate+ turners. Some challenges will be specific in the task, others will be more cryptic and open to interpretation.

Challenges are not competitions – they are they there to stretch the turning legs, the imagination and hopefully develop the skills of the members.

Members can submit their pieces to the club each month by uploading tp to 3 photos and a description directly to the site using a link they will be sent each month. Their submissions will be added to the site with their name, description and photos.

  • See a sample challenge post
  • Click here to submit your challenge pieces!
  • You will need to be logged in to your account before you can submit your challenge pieces.
  • Your image should be no larger than 5000x5000px and be no larger than 2MB in size in .jpeg format.
  • Before your post is made visible to the public, we’ll double check it looks good, then publish it for you. This is temporary whilst we ensure it works properly.

At the next meeting, we’ll provide a slideshow of all the submissions that month.

Our general meetings are on the First Tuesday of each month – the evening after the monthly demonstration. Meetings start at 7.30pm (UK) time. Members will be emailed the joining link for Zoom the day before the meeting.

Being online, the meetings will need to be choreographed a bit more than ‘in-person’ meetings. Here’s how each meeting will run. These are guideline times only and are noted in UK time:

  • 7pm: ‘Doors Open’
  • 7.30pm: Meeting starts with club notices/Breakout Rooms
  • 7.45pm: Demonstration Discussion
  • 8.15pm: Member Challenges
  • 8.45pm: Member Spotlight
  • 9.15pm: Show and Tell
  • 9.15pm: Advice Clinic (In a Breakout Room)
  • 10pm: Close

Breakout Rooms
To give members more opportunities to discuss things in smaller groups, away from the main meeting, we will be using Zoom’s Breakout Rooms to maximise member benefits.

Members are encouraged to join our exclusive Facebook group for regular posts by the Club members and to receive notices, watch and re-view club meetings. They can also let us know they would like to be involved in a future meeting. How?

Using Facebook Topics:
When posting to the Facebook group, members can add their post to one of the new ‘Topics’. This will make finding information about these Topics easier for everyone as the number of posts grows.

Use the topics to let us know you’d like to be involved in a meeting. These topics are new to Facebook and currently only available on the desktop version of Facebook.


Member Spotlight: Leave a post with this topic if you would like to have 15 minutes to yourself to talk to the group about your turning. This will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session for you.
Advice Clinic: Post here if you would like advice on something in particular. Again this will be a 15 minute spot for you to talk about your problem, followed by suggestions from the group to problem-solve it for you.
Show & Tell: Show off your latest piece to the group, or something you have turned in the past! Post with this topic and we’ll do our best to include you in the next meeting – we’ll let you know beforehand, of course.
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We will be keeping an eye on these three topics in particular and get in touch to invite you to present to the club! Because of timings, we may not be able to accommodate more than one person each month but we will do our best to give everyone an opportunity over time.

Members can also email [email protected] with a suggestion for their spotlight feature, Advice Clinic idea, or their Show & Tell.

Each month, in the Tuesday meeting, we’ll hand over the meeting over to one of members and shine a spotlight on them.

This could be a tour of their workspace, a talk about their work or a bit about themselves as a woodturner and artist. Members interested in being ‘spot-lighted’ are encouraged to put a post into the Facebook group under topic ‘Member Spotlight’.

Each meeting will have a Host from WT360 to coordinate the meeting. This will usually be Martin Saban-Smith, but occasionally he will have other commitments to attend to, so Phil Boulter will take over the host duties.

Given the sometimes chaotic nature of Zoom meetings with lots of people wanting to speak at the same time and ask the demonstrator questions, meetings may also employ a Moderator to ‘keep the peace’ and give each member wanting to engage in the meeting an opportunity to speak.

Whoever hosts and/or moderates the meetings will have experience in doing the job as it can be quite hectic at times. By using an experienced person, members can be assured of the smoothest running demonstration or meeting possible.

For more information joining meetings and the ‘Zoom’ environment, CLICK HERE

Meetings are likely to be rather busy events with many members wishing to join in. To help ensure as many people as possible have an opportunity to speak, Tuesday meetings will be split into smaller ‘Breakout Rooms’ based around the specific topics the monthly meeting program:

  • Member Spotlight
  • Advice
  • Project Show & Tell
  • The main meeting room will be for general chat
  • And other rooms as required….

For detailed Breakout Room information for your device,
CLICK HERE to see the Zoom support page.

Joining a Room

After the introductions and run through of what the meeting will contain, members will be asked which room they would like to visit (if any). They will then be assigned and invited to the room of their choice.
When the rooms are opened, an invitation to Join the room or Later will be presented on your screen. Click Join to join the room, or Later to enter later.

Moving Rooms

Currently, if you wish to move rooms, a host needs to move you into a different room. There are three ways you can do this:

  • Leave the room you are in and return to the main meeting and ask to be moved . . .or
  • If the host is in the Breakout Room with you, they can move you directly.
  • Invite the host to your room and ask from there.

Leaving a Room

On your screen will be an option to Leave Room or Leave Meeting. If you click Leave Room, you will automatically be taken back to the main meeting to join the conversation there.

Asking for Help

If you need help in you Breakout Room, you can invite the host to visit your room directly to give you the help you need, or move one or more people to a different room.

Breakout Room Etiquette

  • A Room Host will be nominated before the rooms are opened. This will generally be one of the meeting hosts, or the member whose topic is being discussed – For example, in the Advice Room, the member seeking the advice will be nominated as the host.
  • Members are asked to mute their microphones if not speaking to keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Please respect your room host.

Breakout Room Functions

Just like in the main meeting room, you can:

  • See the other participants
  • Send chat messages to those in the room with you
  • Share your screen
  • Start/Stop your Audio and Video

Limitations of Breakout Rooms

  • Members using Chromebook computers or a Chrome Operating system are not currently able to use Breakout Rooms.
  • Breakout Rooms are not permitted to be recorded.
  • Only the main meeting can be streamed into the Facebook Group

For detailed Breakout Room information for your device,
CLICK HERE to see the Zoom support page.

Zoom is a popular online meeting environment where large groups of people can coming together for meetings, hangouts and in our case, Woodturning demonstrations and club meetings.
It is completely free to join a meeting, and you don’t even have to download the free software.

Read our guide on Zoom HERE.

Our guide has information on where to get Zoom, what it does and importantly, how to use it effectively in Woodturning360 meetings.

eLearning

Over time, WT360 will be putting together short eLearning courses and modules together for members to work through to learn the basics of new skills useful in woodturning.

The course could be anything from learning tool or decorating techniques to complete projects or anything else!

Whilst the majority of eLearning Courses will be included in the membership fees, a small fee will be payable by members who opt to take a course written by a third party to cover the cost of the author of the course.

Demonstrations

Demonstration meetings are on the first Monday of each month and co-hosted by either a professional or highly respected turner from around the world. Timings below are UK time

  • 7pm: ‘Doors Open’
  • 7.20pm: Moderators House Keeping and Introductions
  • 7.30pm: Hand Over to Demonstrator
  • 8.45pm (approx): Short break
  • 10pm (approx): Finish

FREE For Members: WT360 Members have free access to all demonstrations included in their monthly fee and will be emailed meeting entry information 24 hours before the demonstration begins.

Our demonstration meetings are also streamed live into our club Facebook group where permitted by the demonstrator.

Public Access: Demonstrations by Club Founder Martin Saban-Smith are included free for members but can also be booked for a fee by the public HERE.

The club Calendar has details of all the upcoming demonstrations.

Zoom is a popular online meeting environment where large groups of people can coming together for meetings, hangouts and in our case, Woodturning demonstrations and club meetings.
It is completely free to join a meeting, and you don’t even have to download the free software.

Read our guide on Zoom HERE.

Our guide has information on where to get Zoom, what it does and importantly, how to use it effectively in Woodturning360 meetings.

Corporate Support

Woodturning360 is a club that is owned and operated by Hampshire Sheen Ltd.

In operation, the club runs in a virtually identical way to a ‘traditional’ club with member activities and facilities – but with the support of a business behind it and proactive, professional leadership.

Club founder Martin Saban-Smith RPT is keen to ensure that the club works for the benefit of the members and listens closely to what they want and will ensure that everything that can be achieved will be achieved wherever possible.

The three members of the WT360 Team are paid members of Hampshire Sheen staff.

Benefits of membership extend outside of the club with monthly membership discounts available from corporate supporters:

For members in the UK and the EU and worldwide (for non-dangerous products), monthly discounts from www.thewoodturningshop.com

Monthly discounts on all tuition (remote and in-person), merchandise or other products at www.msabansmith.com

For US members, The Walnut Log in Missouri will be offering monthly discounts at their website www.thewalnutlog.com

We will be approaching other retailers in the UK and overseas to see if they would be interested in supporting our members.
Discounts currently start after the start of the second month of membership and are subject to each businesses terms and conditions.
The discount offered each month is at the supporting businesses discretion.

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