Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

December 2019 club competition mature entries. (No entries in novice category.)

David Simpson (winner), Phil Jones, Mick Schofield

Wednesday Afternoon workshop opening

The workshop will NOT be open next Wednesday 11th December but WILL be open 1.00 to 3.00 Wednesday 18th December.

It will then be open in the New Year from 1.00 to 3.00 on Wednesdays starting on 8th January.

December : Question Time

At our December we are having a Question Time, with a panel of the wise and silver tongued! 

If you have a question which has arisen from any demo you have seen this year, or something you read in a magazine or internet, or something confusing you saw on Youtube etc. or something which you have experienced yourself at the lathe please let me have the question in advance so I can research it, or bring a related tool/ wood/ item to the meeting.

You can submit the questions anonymously if you want. Questions can also be submitted at the meeting or may arise through a previous question or answer.

A lathe will be available for panel members, or questioners to show a particular issue, so you pay want to bring a tool or wood which is causing issues.

Questions can be on any woodturning related issues, from harvesting timber to selling completed items.

I look forward to your questions – remember there is no silly question (although some of the answers may be)


Bobby Carson

CARSON Robert (Bobby) On 20th November, 2019, Bobby Carson of Gatehouse of Fleet, passed away. Husband of the late Janet Carson, father to John and Robert Carson, grandpa to Ross, Amelia and the late Scott Carson. Sadly missed by all. Funeral service will be held on Thursday 28th November in Gatehouse of Fleet Parish Church, at 12 noon. Thereafter to Girthon Cemetery. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only please. Retiral collection will be offered to Macmillan Cancer Support

Notices November 2019

Notices –November 2019


Tonight, Phil Jones is our demonstrator and will surprise us with a Christmas Gift.


The competition item for this evening is a Snowman/ Snowoman/ non gender specific Snowpal (what is the world coming to?) and next month is A Toy.


The Show and Tell ‘winner’ is Eric McCowan (or a nominated person in his absence)


Next month– December, will be Woodturner’s Question Time with a panel of wise members. Please nominate a ‘wise member’ you would like to question, and submit questions via the web site or to me at This has been a fun and interesting evening in the past and the panel will share their knowledge, or ask the membership to chip in when they don’t know the answer (or can’t make anything up)


Turning on Wednesday Afternoons

The Wednesday afternoon sessions continue, thanks mainly to David. With the dark nights some of you may appreciate travelling to the workshop in daylight. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings continue as normal.



The current beginner’s course is half way through and I will hold the next one, probably in March and April next year. The usual conditions apply, open to all members (£35 to become a member) and £100 for the six week course at Castle Douglas workshop.


Machines for sale

A selection of woodworking machines were offered to us by a man from Shieldhill, most have been sold to members, three remain tonight. Bandsaw £100 Table Saw £30 and bench grinder £25.Prices are what the seller has asked for, feel free to add a donation to the club for facilitating the sale.


Diary Dates

15th to 17th Nov – Harrogate Show, our bus (which is full) leaves on the 17th as some unearthly hour. Thanks Jimmy etc for arranging this again (and who have to be first up in the morning to pick up the bus, and last to go to bed after taking it back, and can’t have a beer in the evening)


Next year’s programme is being put together and is nearly finalised. There is some space for members who want to demonstrate for part of an evening, or a whole evening in the Autumn. If you have a technique you would like to show us, or an item which you can make and would like to share with us then please let me know.


2020 Demonstrators –

Gary Lowe Saturday 28th all day Demonstration and Sunday 29th March Masterclass

Les Thorne Saturday 6th all day Demonstration and Sunday 7th June, Masterclass

Richard Finlay Saturday 22nd all day Demonstration and Sunday 23rd August Masterclass.


2021 Demonstrators – Roger will ask Gary Rance and Mark Sanger. Will we also ask Colwin Way to return for a demonstration and masterclass ? Who else would you like to see?  or see again? Suggestions by email please to Roger



Exhibition at the Castle Douglas Art Gallery

Exhibition at the Castle Douglas Art Gallery

19th May to 8th June 2020

The club has the opportunity to have a table within the gallery and to enable us to go ahead with this venture we need to ensure that we have items to sell and enough volunteers to oversee our exhibition.

The gallery is not charging the club for our exhibition, all they ask is 20% of the takings.

We will not commit until we receive support from our members.

Sarah Burns


Unfortunately we were unable to attend the agm so could someone let me know whether the annual subscriptions have. changed and to whom I can send a cheque for these please?


November 2019 club competition novice entries:

Bill McCoskry, Stephen Eccles, Christine Carson

November 2019 club competition mature entries:

David Simpson, Rolf Buwert, Arthur Young, Mick Schofield

Wednesday afternoons

The workshop will not be open from 2.00 to 4.00 tomorrow afternoon, (Wednesday 13th November).

It will be open on the following Wednesday 20th November and Wednesdays thereafter at the new time of 1.00 to 3.00.