Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

A message for Jimmy  Brown, 

Hi, I’ve got tickets will bring them across on club night.

Cheers Reg

2019 Chairman’s Annual Report (at AGM)

Galloway Woodturners

2019 Chairman’s Annual Report

This past year has been another good one for us, with membership still strong, and good attendances at not only club nights but also on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Again we had 5 professional turners visit us, and sufficient members came to the demonstrations and masterclasses that we mainly broke even (once the raffle was included) for most of them.

Professional demonstration and masterclass by Eugene Grimley, Peter Osborn, Rick Dobney, and Phil Irons plus a demonstration by Colwin Way.

The remaining club nights saw demonstrations by our own members, and Chris Pouncey/Robert Sorby’s mobile shop.

We continue to offer the Beginner’s course and workshops to members and this brings in some funds and also increases our member’s confidence and ability.

Over the last 12 months we have had a Better Bowls course last October, Beginners course February and another June, a couple of taster sessions, Sharpening and Greenwood turning, Spinning Tops Tuesday, Skew for the squeamish in July, and others?

We had a team promoting our craft and had a display of work at the Co-op, and we again demonstrated and sold items at Kirkcudbright country fair.

Our equipment has been kept up to date and upgraded with the addition of two new lathes, new chucks, drive and live centres, face shields and sawdust extraction, making our turning more pleasurable and safer. At least £3,400 of tools went via my credit card (thankfully reimbursed by our treasurer). This was only possible through work of members donating items for sale, coffee time donations, Hugh’s football card thing, and the generous donations from Tesco and the Coop.

We have kept on top of Health and  Safety, notably the dust extraction, the vacuum cleaner, keeping the first aid bok up to date and better training and authorisation of use of the bandsaw.

The wood prep team continue to acquire wood and process it, and also set up for the next demonstrator, and clean the workshop etc.

The Harrogate ‘ pilgrimage’ was well organised, well attended much enjoyed by everyone, and will be again this year.

Our own club competition receives relatively few entries (despite big prizes awarded to the winners) but the standard is very high. It would be nice to have more entries.

Summing up, our membership, finances, equipment and training are all in very good health, so thank you to all members who have been part of this great year of woodturning 2019.

Rolf Buwert


Lathe Wanted

I have a young 14 yr old student who is looking for a a lathe. Does any one know of a reasonable lathe for sale. If so please e mail me. – Many thanks

Wednesday 16th October

Sorry folks but I will not be available to open the workshop between 2.00 and 4.00 on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th October.

Is anybody else able to do this?




Please note that the Axminster Bandsaw has now been sold. Many thanks to all those who showed interest.

Lets make some stuff

Can I remind you that at our next meeting, which is the AGM, the competition item is ‘A Flower’ ,  we would also like to have turned items you have made this year and can be entered to represent our club at the annual Inter-Club competition at Borders Woodturners in Brampton on Saturday 26th October. We are looking for 5 items which we will retain after the AGM, submit to Brampton, and get back from them immediately after the competition on the 26th.

We would also welcome the Christmas Tree decorations which we will hang on ‘our’ tree at the Christmas Tree Festival in Dumfries at St.John’s Church, Dumfries, between 5th and 8th December.  So we are looking for items such as miniature trees, baubles, mini Christmas puddings etc. The tree decorations should be made and handed in to Rolf by the end of November so the tree can be decorated on 4th December.

Jet Lathe, JWL121VS, disobedient.

The Jet lathe(JWL121S) has been playing up for a while and seems to have a mind of its own as far as speed control is concerned.

Does anyone know what is wrong with it? It seems to be the rotating speed control is faulty, and is impossible to set to a manageable speed. If anyone has any ideas of how to fix it let me know, otherwise I will try and buy a nex speed control unit.

For Sale

Axminster 14″ floor standing Bandsaw  on wheels with numerous spare blades. –  £150

Those interested pleas e mail –


Saturday 21st Demonstration and Sunday 22nd Masterclass.

Could we PLEASE have your response to the amazing Phil Irons’ visit.

Our lovely team of sandwich makers and soup chefs are waiting for your response so that they can go shopping and spreading, chopping and stirring. Phil also needs to know how many are coming so that he can prepare things. In fitting with his status and ability Phil Irons costs the club good money to demonstrate for us, and provide the Masterclass, so it would also help our treasurer sleep well knowing that enough tickets have been bought to cover the costs, so please respond to this message and let us know you are coming to the demonstration (£20 for all day plus lunch) / masterclass (£50).

Buy your ticket from Jimmy at the shop, or get your ticket at the door, but do let us know by replying to this or by emailing me. Do it now, so that we are all overcome with joy, and can look forward to your company.


Notes regarding Rick Dobney’s demonstration

In response to a question posed to me by a member at the last club meeting, please be aware that Rick Dobney’s notes about those subjects he covered in his recent demonstration at the club, i.e.

  • Square box turned on a jig,
  • Aluminium stemmed goblet
  • Multi axis candlestick

Are available on the club website under “Library” then “Projects.”