Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

Vacuum Cleaner

There is a new Club Cleaner in the shape of a silver and blue Draper vacuum cleaner in the workshop. 

The intention is that the bulk of the shavings are swept and shovelled up as before, but rather than spend ages with a brush going into the corners and underneath the lathe motors we can use the Draper, which also has a ‘blow’ function to blow shaving from under the drive motors.

The cleaner has a bag which will need emptying when full.

This is not a fine dust filter type cleaner so it will kick up some dust, (especially when ‘blowing’) therefore it would be sensible to have the big Jet overhead dust cleaner running full tilt for the duration of the vacuum cleaning.

Product Recall

Colwin Way has contacted me and said that there is a minor in one of the measurements in the Christmas Carousel Plans, so if you have bought a set of plans from him at his recent demo please bring it back and I will replace it with the updated version. I apologise for any inconvenience, especially if you have already made all the components and can’t get one of them to fit properly.


Wednesday Afternoons

As David is unavailable I can open up on Wednesday 3rd & 10th 


Wednesday afternoons

I will not be available to open the workshop on the afternoons of Wednesday 3rd and 10th July.


Rick Dobney

Rick Dobney’s turning notes are now available.

Look under ‘Library’


and there they can be found.


Message from Rick Dobney

Thank you once again for a most enjoyable weekend at Galloway Woodturners, topped off by a return last night to see Colwin’s excellent demonstration.

As promised, attached are the turning notes for the three projects I presented on the day, please share these with the club membership.

The 6063T6 grade aluminium is readily available off eBay, see for example

The Collect chuck I mentioned in the demonstration (but didn’t need to use) for reversing the stem is available from numerous places, an example from RDG tools is

The Molyslip MCC cutting compound is again available from numerous sources, an eBay example

I’d be delighted to see examples any of the club members work inspired by my demonstration and with their permission I’d like to post them on my website. If there are any questions or points needing clarifying from the projects then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Rick Dobney


I will try to mount the turning notes as soon as possible.  David


Notices June 2019


 Notices – June 2019


We are very happy to welcome Colwin Way tonight, and fortunate to have such a talented turner demonstrate for us. His experience is huge and varied and is probably best known for his association with Axminster tools, and has developed for Axminster the ‘Colwin Way German pattern’ skew chisel. His demonstration is certain to be fun and encouraging. Enjoy this time with him tonight and hopefully we will be able to spend some more time with him in the future.

Competition entries:  the item tonight is fruit, and next months is jewellery, but I would also like to ask members to think about September’s competition item which is “Something for Brampton”. Borders Woodturners Interclub Competition is on Thursday 18th October at Brampton and several of us have attended the competition and even submitted entries. We have improved since then and I know we can produce some excellent work, so look out something you have made recently, or make a special effort to make something really special and bring it on Tuesday 10th September

Visiting turners : Rick Dobney was with us just a couple of days ago and demonstrated and held a masterclass. Chris, Ian and Rolf were ‘the Masterclass’, and had a great time, and learned a lot. If you have never been part of a Masterclass I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. The next one is September.

We have had five professional demonstrator so far this year (if you include Colwin tonight) and our last professional turner for this year will be Phil Irons, who is doing an all day demonstration on Saturday 21st September and Masterclass on Sunday 22nd  September. He is a high quality turner and his pieces sell for high prices, so we can expect a very high standard demonstration from him

There will be no meeting next month (July) as it is holiday time and we will be back in August to the usual second Tuesday in the month 13th August when Phil Howard will be “Playful”.

A new lathe has arrived (Axminster Trade AT350WL/AT1416VS W), and until it is fully set up please refrain from playing with it. It still needs to be bolted down with spacers and have a Log Book created for it.

The new extractor is also here, but I have not built it up yet so it is still in it’s box. I hope to build it this week and then could do with some help and advice in ‘plumbing’ it into the pipework we have, and extend and improve that pipework.

You will see that we have acquired more wood and it is awaiting processing. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the acquisition of this and the team who come once a month to ensure we have a good stock of boards and billets for turning.

We are fortunate that Galloway Woodturners have an active membership who raise funds, process wood, make food for when professional turners come for all day demos, set up lathes and chairs where required, do maintenance, admin and hospitality, run our shop, look after our finances and do the admin for us etc. But we are also fortunate that we have a strong membership and high attendances on Club nIghts as well as Turning Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thanks everyone.

Wednesday 5th June

Dear All,

I will not be available to open the club workshop during the afternoon of  tomorrow, Wednesday 5th June.

My apologies for the short notice.


This month’s club evening

Am I the only one who has just realised that this month’s club meeting is on the first Tuesday rather than the second Tuesday?

Yes, that’s this Tuesday!


We have a web site and Facebook account, both do roughly the same thing but in slightly different ways. Many people find Facebook quicker and easier to use, while others like the traditional way of accessing information in a ‘wider’ way rather than the ‘linear’ way Facebook works.

It would be great if you would make yourself a link on the front/home page of your computer/ table/ phone/ smart fridge.