Galloway Woodturners

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Wednesday afternoon opening of the workshop

Dear All,

Holidays and other family commitments mean that I will not be opening the club workshop on Wednesday afternoons until further notice.

Best wishes,


Kirkcudbright Country Fair 14th and 15th July 2018

Thanks to everyone who said they would come to the Country Fair, either yesterday at ‘Turning Wednesday’ or via email/web site.

In answer to your questions (as far as I can remember).

Never having been before I can’t advise which entrance to use, I am just going to the first entrance I see and comply with any signs I see, or instructions I receive from ‘gatekeepers’.

If you can’t make it for 08:30 that is fine, either we have enough already to unload the van, or I will recruit some strapping farming girls/ guys to lift things into position.

Should there be too many volunteers ! then feel free to look around the rest of the site and come back later. Should there not be enough volunteers then please stick around for another 4 hours ! I intend to be first there and last out, but the event is fairly casual so everyone else is free to come and go as they see fit without having their wages docked.

Sunday may be the day we need more volunteers, but maybe Saturday will be the busier day? It may depend on which way the wind blows.

Bring any products you may have to sell, if you are unsure if they are of sufficient quality to sell then the customers will decide, they will not part with money for something which they think is not worth it. I may cast my eye over things first and if you see me struggling to contain laughter then feel free to withdraw the item, if you see me go for my wallet, abrasive paper and a pyro pen to put my own name on it and resell at a higher price, then you know it is of sufficient quality. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so give it a go and have your confidence boosted by a wad of cash from customers less 5% commission for the club)

If you want to demonstrate then maybe bring your club smock, a couple of your own tools so you are familiar with them, and a piece of wood so that you can make the thing you have in mind. I will have some pieces, but do not intend to make anything that is going to take ages, our audience like to see some item take shape in front of them rather than 45 minutes of sanding, polishing or waiting for varnish to dry. A finely sharpened tool, 1 minute of light sanding and a quick wipe with an oil finish is fine for most items.

We will be inside a tent so sunblock is not so important, but a bottle of water is a good thing to bring.


Kirkcudbright Country Fair 14th and 15th July 2018

Hi folks,

So this is the plan for the clubs attendance at the Kirkcudbright Country Fair this weekend.

I will pick up a lathe, tables, display boards, tools, abrasives, wood and a club banner this evening (Wednesday) and any products you want to sell (although you can come on Saturday or Sunday to top up our sales table – remember to put a price on it otherwise we will price it ourselves (50p?).

Bill, Ken, Phil H have so far said they will come and help at the table or lathe (thanks).

If you make pens, come along with your kits and make some, all those made last year sold. Other things we could make are spinning tops, spurtles, honey drizzlers etc – anything that is quick, easy and fits in a pockets goes down well from the demonstration and sales aspect.

Nobody has said they will be there on Sunday yet. It is unproven theology that you will burn in hell for ever if you don’t attend church on Sunday, so come along through the day, attend an evening service, or have something to repent for next Sunday. For all you unbelievers – you are going to burn in hell for ever, so you have nothing to loose by supporting the club on Sunday. So let me know if you can make it, either day.

We have had new members from events such as this in the past, so our role is to promote the club and share our love of woodturning so that more people can enjoy the craft.



2018 Kirkcudbright Country Fair

May and June 2018 Competition Entries

Competition May 2018 Novice & Mature Competition

Competition Mature June 2018

Competition Novice June 2018

Stewartry Sportive cycling event

This event, planned for Sunday 8th July at which the club was doing the catering, has been cancelled so we do not need any home baking.


Wednesday 27th June

The workshop will not be open next Wednesday afternoon, (27th June).

Normal service should resume on Wednesday 4th July.

Stewartry Sportive cycling event

The Stewartry Sportive cycling event is on Sunday 8 July and as last year we will be doing the catering to raise funds for the club.

We have enough volunteers for the actual day but we do need cakes, traybakes etc.

If you can help by baking could you please let Christine Carson or Judith Simpson know asap.

Kirkcudbright Country Fair

Kirkcudbright Country Fair will be on 14th/15th July and we will be having a stand promoting the club, displaying turned objects for sale and demonstrating using one of the small lathes.

If you can help over the weekend please let a member of the committee know, We are looking for teams of three to man the stand in half day shifts (12 people ideally).

If you have objects for sale please bring them along to the club – they should be named and priced. The club will take a small 5% fee on the selling price to cover costs.


June Notices

Notices –  June 2018

Tonight, – I’m afraid your stuck with me again looking at non round bowls

The wood of the month – Jarrah


The August meeting is yet to be decided and in September Chas, who was to have given a demonstration about “A beginners Journey”, has now declined. So we have two meeting to fill – if you have any thoughts on what you would like to see please let me know tonight.

The competition for August – A non round bowl

The Wood of the Month is Ash

 Our next professional demonstration will be by Joey Richardson

This will be on Saturday the 18th August Tickets available from the shop – £15 including lunch

Joey is a world class turner having exhibited her work at numerous world galleries. To see some of Joey’s work log on her web site –

We have had the offer from Mick Hanbury for a demonstration in October. As he was so well received last time he was with us we have agreed to book him for Sunday 14th October – More details later

Fund Raising

The Stewartry Sportive cycling event is on Sunday 8 July. And as last year we have been asked to do the catering. We have enough volunteers on the day but we need members to provide cakes etc. If you can help with baking please see either Christine or Judith tonight.

 GDPR and Us. – In line with the European Directive, the clubs Privacy Policy is now published on the Club Web Site and on the notice board. In October when you renew your membership you will be asked to sign that you agree with the club holding your contact information in line with our policy.

Club Officers – At our April Committee meeting I indicated that I will be standing down as Chair in October. Subsequently David has also said he will be standing down as Secretary. So we will be looking for two people to take over from out AGM in October. If you would like to suggest someone, or volunteer yourself please let a member of the committee know.


Joey Richardson, Saturday 18th August

Dear All,

Our next professional demonstration will be by Joey Richardson, on Saturday 18th August.

Please see the poster in the club workshop and view her work at

Tickets are on sale from the club shop.

Please remember that booking is essential so that the catering team know how many to provide for.