Galloway Woodturners

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Simon Hope Demo and Masterclass

Well I think it’s safe to say that a really top class weekend was had by all who came to see Simon Hope at our workshop. Simon spent Saturday demonstrating and Sunday giving a masterclass to five of us. Everyone seems to agree that he is an excellent demonstrator and teacher and we’re all looking forward to having him back for a return visit some time.

These are some pictures of what we made (or half-made in my case!) during the masterclass. While Rolf was masterng the art of thread chasing the manual way, the pieces made by Jake and myself incorporated threaded elements made using Simon’s thread-cutting jig. As a result of our success the committee members present agreed it was exactly the kind of thing that the club should own… so we bought one! Jake and I will be on hand to assist if anyone wants to try it out.

So a big thank you to Simon and, to those who missed it, plan ahead carefully and make sure you don’t miss our next great professional demo with Nikos in December!

Auction 2016


I have now catalogued our current items for our upcoming auction (Sunday 23 October). This is the initial list and is subject to alteration in the next week or two because I know we have more stuff coming in. We currently have 73 items and I’m thinking we should probably cap this at around 120 to make sure we get through them all in good time on the day. If you have items you want to sell with a small commission going to club funds then get in touch with one of the committee.

I’m currently thinking the auction will perhaps start at 13:00 with an hour beforehand to view the items. I’ll firm up these times in due course.

September Competition Results

The competition results for September are on the website, you can find them here:

September 2016 Results

Congratulations to this months winners:

Mature Turners: Les Reeves

Novice Turners: Bill McCoskry

Lathe for Sale

Record DML24 lathe for sale in Dalbeattie, including drive and revolving centres, face plate. Price £100.

Good starter lathe. The Club has one of these in the workshop.

Contact Phil H if you are interested.

August results

If my high score is 8 and my low score is 7 how come my average 5.9?


Harrogate Show

The Club will be hiring a bus to go to the Harrogate Show on Sunday 20th November. The bus, which will take 14 is almost fully booked, however no booking is final until the full cost (£25) has been paid. If you have your name down to go and have not paid please see Jimmy Brown ASAP – Final date for payment will be at the next club meeting on the 13th September.

Rosewood Request

Does anybody have a piece of Rosewood sample for next months wood of the month talk?

Please contact Bob Lees

Thanks in advance

Sharpening Workshop Part 2 report

The session started off with just a couple of members but a few more joined us later so we had a useful afternoon. We went through sharpening all the standard tools freehand and using a jig. Newly sharpened tools were tested on a spindle, outside of a bowl or inside of a bowl as appropriate.

A good number of tools left the workshop in a better state than when they arrived !

August Competition Results

The competition results are on the site. To view them use this link:

August 2016: A platter

Congratulations to this months winners:

Mature Turners: John Twiname

Novice Turners: Arthur Young

August Notices

Lots of notices this month. Lots going on in particular next years programme. Please let me know your thoughts before the next committee meeting.

Also are there any further takers for the Simon Hope Workshop?

Notices –August  2016

Tonight will be a question and answer session hope you all have your questions ready!

Following the June meeting the  competition tonight is a  Platter

The wood of the month is Plum  and Geoff Thomas has short straw..

Next month- September- Rolf will be continuing with Easy Bowls Part 2 returning to the part turned wet bowl he rough turned in February.

The competition will be Items to be judged for the interclub competition (Anything)

Diary Dates

Sunday 14th August (Next Sunday) – Sharpening using the grinder (see notice for details

Sunday 28th August – Part 2 of sharpening with the Sorby Pro Edge

2nd Oct and the 1st Sunday of each month – Timber conversion at Barwhinnoch, Twynholm (See web site for details)

Sunday 23rd October – Auction – (See web Site for Details)

Professional Demonstration

The next professional Demonstration is on September 24th with Simon Hope – Please support this event – get your tickets early and not at the last minute They are on sale tonight.

Master Classes

There is one place on the Simon Hope Master Class on Sunday September 25th. The cost for the class is £55 for the full day. If you would like to come to this please let me know asap – first come first served.

HarrogateThe North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show  – 18th-20th November

The “Harrogate Show” is the largest and longest established retail woodworking and power tool show in the Country. An excellent day out with over 30 demonstrators taking part, plus a woodworking clinic, and more than 70 companies exhibiting. The club is hoping to hire a mini bus to go to Harrogate details are on the notice board. Please sign up if you are interested.

Constitution Due to some recent developments the Committee has had to revisit our Constitution and make some changes. The most significant change is to include a section on discipline. Copies of the constitution are available from myself for those interested and posted on the notice board– the new amendment will come into force following tonight’s meeting

.Band saw – It has become obvious that members not used to using large band saws have been using the club saw. This has resulted in two of the bearing beings mangled at a cost of £20+! In future only competent, experienced members will be allowed to use the saw, a list of whom will be poster next to the saw. If you would like to know more about the saw and be taken through its workings in order to become a named user then please let me know.

Health & Safety We have now had a Health & Safety check done on the workshop – thanks to Steve Young for that – and we now have three fire extinguishers located around the building. Please make yourself aware of them and how to use them.  First Aid – We will be holding a First Aid course in the near future to cover possible accidents in the workplace please watch the web site for further details

Club Meetings 2017

The following Events have been put forward as possible topics for our Tuesday Evening Club Nights.

Big verses Small – Different techniques for turning large item and very small items.

Pyrography – A demonstration on how to use pyrography on turned items – or how to burn your turnings!

Is your bottom attractive – how to finish the bottom of turnings

A three legged stool

A winged bowl

Using non basic tools –

Turning material other than wood

Kitchenalia – turning items for use in the kitchen


Chris Pouncy (Sorby)

Brian Conchie (Border Woodturners)

Mike Poole ( Ayr)

If you have any thoughts on these or any other topic you would like to see please let a member of the committee know.

Professional Demonstrations 2017

The following have been booked for full-day demonstrations next year

Saturday February 25th – David Lowes

Saturday May 27th – Andrew Hall

Sunday May 28th – Andrew Hall Masterclass

September – Dave Atkinson (Date to be confirmed)