Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

Reopening (soon)

Thank you everyone for your continued patience and support in keeping the club alive during this prolonged lockdown.

The Scottish Government Government have a plan for returning to normality, stepping down the levels until we are back to ‘normal’.

I can see nothing which specifically applies to organisations such as ours, but if you can see something then I would be glad to hear from you. It looks like it will be July before we reopen, but as things can easily change the date may change forward or back. 

Please get in touch if you have any thoughts on when, and under what conditions you would be comfortable to return.

One of the conditions may be that you self test on the day of attending the club, which means that you would need to apply for a free testing kit from the following web site.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/no-covid-symptoms/

Can I ask you all to obtain one of these kits and especially those of you who want to come on a one-to-one beginners woodturning course, which I am prepared to start again fairly soon. One of the conditions I will have for any course is that student and tutor have negative test results on the morning of the course. 

Before we meet as a club I expect government guidelines will permit ‘Turning Tuesday‘ and ‘Turning Thursdays‘ as per last year where up to 6 members can meet indoors provided certain conditions are met, and we will get this started as soon as we can.

By this date most of us will have had both vaccinations and we will be fairly confident of the protection this gives us however the virus which exists this year is slightly different to the one which started all this in March of last year and for that reason we continue to be careful and protect ourselves, our families and our fellow woodturners.

Please email me at rolf@buwert.com if you have any concerns or questions, or just want to say Hi, and let’s home we can meet again at the workshop very soon.

Rolf

Last Tuesday’s Demo

A couple of photo’s  of the completed box from last Tuesday’s demo.  Pity about the broadband playing up – hopefully I have managed to rectify the problem I now have slightly better band width (whatever that means!)

Club Competition April update

Here is the points situation after the fourth round. This month’s winners were Bill McCrosky and Mike Jacobs.

Senior/ Mature:

Bill McCoskrie (21), Mick Schofield (17), Colin Marshall (16), Rolf Buwert (14), Stephen Eccles & David Simpson (11), Reg Thirlwall (4), Tom Florey (2), Arthur Young, Elwin & Ken Coates (1).

Junior/ Novice:

Andrew Hall (17), Michael Jacob (11), Christine Carson (6), Alyson Young & Kenny Johnston (1).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All other entries, including those with no votes, receive 1 point.

April Competition

Welcome to the Galloway Woodturners April competition.

Thank you to all entrants it is a genuine joy to receive your competition entries each month. The quality of your submissions are very high again and several of you have demonstrated the additional skills of photography to show the work to the best advantage (when we are back to the workshop we will be able to see if you are just hiding the rough bits at the back!).

So here are this months Fruit Bowls, vote for your chosen Senior and Novice entry by typing in the numbers at the bottom of the page, emailing me at rolf@buwert.com or WhatsApp text etc.

Please do so this evening so that I can add up the votes tonight (13/04/2021)

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Senior 1

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Senior 5

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Novice 1

Beginners entry April  Beginners entry April

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Novice 3

April - novice April - novice

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Club meeting and competition

It’s that time again. The club monthly meeting will be (via Zoom) this Tuesday, 13th April, and we are open to your monthly club competition entries, which this month is Make an open fruit bowl. How did we decide on a fruit bowl you ask? because it is April, and Aprilis is from a Roman/Latin verb meaning “to open”, such as fruits and flowers – therefore an open fruit bowl (glad you asked now aren’t you).

Send in your images of the fruit bowls you have made to me, or upload them directly to the web site Media folder, and please state which category you are entering.

To gain access to the meeting use the codes I gave you before, it is a recurring meeting code. For those of you who have ‘tidied out’ their emails I will send it again to everyone. 

Our demonstrator this month is Roger, who will be showing us how to use metal as an inlay, so providing he has not burned down his workshop practicing for Tuesday’s meeting it should be an extremely interesting demo.

Rolf

Club Competition 2021 March Update

Here is the points situation after the third round.

Senior/ Mature:

Bill McCoskrie (15), Mick Schofield (14), Colin Marshall & Rolf Buwert (11), Stephen Eccles (10), David Simpson (8), Reg Thirlwall (3), Arthur Young & Ken Coates (1).

Regrettably Colin Marshall’s entry did not appear on the voting page. He was awarded 1 point.

Junior/ Novice:

Andrew Hall (12), Christine Carson (6), Michael Jacob (5), Kenny Johnston (1).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All other entries, including those with no votes, receive 1 point.

March Competition

Welcome to this month’s competition, and thank you to all those who submitted entries.

The subject is based on the ancient legend of the twins Romulus and Remus who founded the city or Rome, so make two items, not necessarily identical as we are not told if R&R were identical twins.

The process is the same as previous months, come to the monthly meeting, during the coffee break look at the entries and vote for your favourite and I will add the scores together at the end of the meeting. As the meeting takes place on Zoom the coffee break need not take place at 8pm so vote when you can, but please vote. Many of you might find it easier to do so right after the meeting ends.

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Entry Senior 1

Stephen Eccles seniorStephen Eccles senior

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Entry 9 Senior

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Entry 10 Novice

 

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Entry 11 Novice

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Monthly Competition 9th March

Can I remind members that the monthly club competition is nearly upon us again and the theme (inspired by the Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus, twin brothers, whose story tells the events that led to the founding of the city of Rome and the Roman Kingdom by Romulus) is

Make two items the same (there is no indication that Romulus and Remus were identical twins or not)

Please indicate if you are entering the novice or senior class, as sometimes I get it wrong.

Today is Saturday so if you have not made anything for the competition yet then you have all Sunday, all of Monday and up to 7pm Tuesday to make the pair of items. No need to rush unless you are doing a lot of piercing, colouring or carving. A pair of spurtles or dibbers can be made in 20 minutes (if they win is up to the membership’s votes) so lets have lots of entries.

Rolf 

 

Suspended Pomanders

Here are three suspended pomanders completed from the bits I used in the on-line demo at the last Club meeting.

The project was featured in Woodturning magazine, Issue 348. If you would like to have a go at making one and don’t have the magazine, I can email you a scanned copy of the article. Email me at phil.howard50@btinternet.com and ask.  If you make any for sale, make sure that you credit the original designer Ian Woodford.

Phil H

Club Competition 2021

Here is the points situation after the second round.

Senior/ Mature:

Colin Marshall (10), Stephen Eccles & Bill McCoskrie & Mick Schofield (9), Rolf Buwert & David Simpson (7), Reg Thirlwall (2), Ken Coates (1).

Junior/ Novice:

Christine Carson & Andrew Hall (6), Kenny Johnston (1).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All entries with no votes receive 1 point.