About Us

We’re back in action!

Regular fortnightly workshops at Applemore College, Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm.

None in January 2022. Resuming 3rd Feb.

See events page for all dates.

Our first exhibition at St Andrews, Dibden Purlieu was very successful with loads of visitors. The carving with most votes was Pippa’s mobius strip. See our gallery for a picture.

Waterside Woodcarvers takes its name from the area where the New Forest meets the western edge of Southampton Water. It was formed in 1983 and has about 30 members ranging from complete beginners to highly skilled carvers.


Cups of tea


Tons of wood chips


Carvings in progress

What we do

We carve fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Applemore College during term time.  We use their fully equipped workshop and provide all the necessary tools to get started.

Quarterly social meetings are also held, at St Andrews Church Hall, Dibden Purlieu – on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons. These give an opportunity for members to get together socially with visiting speakers, demonstrations and other activities. See calendar for details.

The club holds exhibitions of its members’ work and ‘carve-ins’ where everyone is welcome to come along and see carvers in action and find out more about the club.


View all of our events on our easy to use calender


After a break of 18 months, due to the pandemic, we are returning to regular workshops at Applemore College, using their woodwork room. Carving workshops are now from 6.30pm to 8.30pm every fortnight. See the event calendar for dates. Beginners always very welcome. There is usually a break about 7.30pm for tea or coffee and a biscuit. The termly fee covers the cost of hiring the room. Additional socials and outings are organised from time to time.

This is a very friendly and supportive group, run by a small committee. Loads of help and advice if you need it. Magazines to borrow if you are looking for inspiration -or just walk around the workshop and see what others are working on.

If you are wondering about having a go at carving, come and visit us at a workshop to find out more about the club.

Current committee members:

  • Chair: Di Smith
  • Treasurer: Diane White
  • Secretary: Yvonne Shackleton
  • Pippa Smith
  • Maggie Port
  • Trish Sayers
  • Paul Humphriss


Oct 1983     J. Edinborough (Acting)

Sep 1986     C. W. Kocher

Feb 1989     P. Reynolds

Feb 1991     P. Humphriss

Feb 1994     R. Colebrook

Feb 1998     C. Wicks (Acting)

Feb 2000    C. Wicks

Feb 2001    R. Colebrook

Feb 2010    R. Elliott

Sep 2020   D. Smith

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