Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

Platter presented to Club donor

Phil Howard presenting a platter to Melanie Parry. Melanie donated a large sycamore trunk and some other wood to the Club. The platter was shaped by Phil and decorated by Roger Cutler as a ‘thank-you’ for the wood. The wood has been planked and is drying under cover at the Club and is available for sale to Club members.

Master Class

Irish Woodturner Eugene Grimly is giving a Master Class for up to 7/8 people on Wednesday 14th March at the workshop.  Up to now only 2 places have been booked!  If you would like to come for the day please email me asap as I need to know numbers by the end of this week.- The cost is between £30-£50 pounds depending on numbers but we need a minimum of 4 people.

February Notices

Notices –February 2018

Tonight, – Phil & Carl take us through the art of bowl saving.

The wood of the month – Fir

March Meeting –  We will have Eugene Grimley from Ireland

The competition for March A bowl

The Wood of the Month is Maple

 Next month we have Eugene Grimley coming over from Ireland. Eugene will be demonstrating at our next monthly meeting for which there will be a small charge of £5.00 to cover costs. Eugine will also be giving a Master Class the following day (Wednesday 14th March). The cost for the master class will be £50 + wood. If you would like to attend the Masterclass please let me know tonight.

 The next professional demonstration will be by Margaret Garrard on the 7th April

Tickets now available. Margaret will also be doing a master class on Sunday 8th April .Please let me know if you wish to attend. For her masterclass Margaret is open to suggestions from those taking part – Involuted Turning, Piercing, Colouring or Texturing or whatever – Please let me know so I can inform Margaret.

 Competition Secretary – As indicated on the Web Site, Carl is stepping down as Competition Secretary. Nicky Smith has volunteered to take on the job with help from Rolf or Bill when necessary. – Thank you Nicky.

 Courses – We have had an overwhelming demand on our courses. Both Rolf and my courses on Bowls & Boxes have been filled and we are now looking at further courses. We are introducing a new course for all New Club Members whatever experience the person may have. This will be a Workshop Introduction & Competency Assessment session lasting about 1 hour. This is aimed to give the candidate confidence to begin turning.

 Shop – As you will see tonight we now have a new – more secure- shop. Thank you to all who helped to build this. – Please make sure you use this facility as it does help club funds.

 Lastly, – Christine and I attended CD High School the other week as a follow up to the help we gave them in raising money. This was a particularly good meeting as it helped create bridges with the local community and with the youngsters.


Club Champions

Congratulations to John Brown and Steve Dunn who last night were crowned Club Champions for 2017.

Well done.

Lovell Polo Shirt

I received the following e mail from Lovell Workwear the other day. Nobody at the club last night new of a “Doug”. If you know wko the person is or are that person please let me know so I can inform Lovell.

“His name is Doug, ginger-ish hair, going thin, and moustache if my memory serves me well.

He purchased a Polo shirt with your club logo whilst at the Harrogate show, he did not leave a forwarding address to post on the Polo.

Would you either give me his address or phone number, or ask him to contact me.”

Help please

Dear All,

I have been trying to locate a couple of items;

  1. When I was running the club competition the club bought a portable cloth photo booth and lights in order to improve the quality of the photos of the competition entries.
  2. I brought along to the club a laptop computer, power supply and spare battery. It was loaded with a few You Tube videos about such things as; using the Pro-edge sharpener, how to turn a basic bowl, colouring etc.  It was loaned to the club to be located in the workshop so that members could revise techniques by watching an appropriate video before starting a task, (particularly sharpening).

I have been unable to find either of these items and should be very grateful if someone were able to let me know where they are.

Thanks in anticipation.


Margaret Garrard, Saturday 7th April 2018

A professional demonstration by

Margaret Garrard

Internationally renowned Woodturner, Demonstrator and Artist in Wood.






 Club Workshop

Saturday 7th April 2018

10am. – 4pm.

Tickets £15 incl. lunch, tea/coffee

There are a limited number of places at £55 each, (lunch not provided), available for her Masterclass on Sunday 8th September,

Contact Roger Cutler or David Simpson


Competition Secretary

Please note that Carl has indicated that he will be stepping down as Competition Secretary therefore we are looking for a volunteer to take over.

If you would like to take on this job please let me know asap. – Without a Competition Secretary we can’t have a competition!

Come and Try it session on Friday

Judith and I are hosting a ‘Come and Try it’ session for two people on Friday, (5th January), 1.00 to 3.00pm.

Unfortunately Judith is not feeling very well at the moment.

Does anyone feel able to come along and help to supervise?



Box Making Workshop

The box making workshop in September is now fully subscribed.

I will look at holding a second workshop if there is enough interest.

If you are interested please let me know.