Galloway Woodturners

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For those of you who like to use Facebook please look us up at “Galloway Woodturners” and click ‘Like’.

We would then love to see what you have made for friends and family by posting your photos to our Facebook page.

It would also be great to see photos of what new toys and books (woodturning related) Santa brings you.

The club is open Tuesday evenings, and Wednesday afternoon and evenings for paid up Club Members to use club facilities.

The purpose is for members to use the club lathes and specialist tools in the company of other club members, and in so doing can call upon other turners for advice and assistance. These sessions are not for teaching or any form of training, classes are on Thursdays.

We are happy for non members to call in and see what we are about and see what we do, but it should be clearly understood that our insurance does not allow non members to use our equipment. Woodturning can be dangerous and we care about our members and visitors, and want them to have a fun, safe experience, therefore we would like all club members, and course participants, to demonstrate a basic knowledge of workshop safety before they use any club machinery or tools.

Visitors should therefore not expect to have-a-go when they come, but our members will be happy to show them what can be done, and if the visitors like what they see we can sign them up for a Taster Course, Introduction to Woodturning Course, or other courses as appropriate from one of our qualified tutors.

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Turning a simple Box

Notes from Tuesdays demonstration

Turning a Simple Box with Inlaid Lid
1 Turn a 70mm square x 127mm to the round and turn a spigot on both ends to suit your chuck.
2 Part off (or bandsaw) where you want the lid / base joint to be – usually 2/5 – 3/5
3 Mount the lid piece in the chuck and hollow out leaving 1/4” – 3/8” wall thickness to accommodate any shaping required on the outside – make a note of the depth to allow for the insert and shaping. Keep the sides on the lid parallel.
4 Sand (decorate) the inside, finish and polish
5 Mount the Base of the box in the chuck and turn a spigot that will jam chuck in the lid. The spigot should be 1/4” – 3/8” in length and parallel
6 Jam chuck the lid to the base
7 Shape the outside of the box and the top
8 Create a recess in the top of the lid to accept your insert. – The insert should be shaped in advance.
9 Glue the insert in place.
If you have made the recess too big !!! then after you have glued it cut a groove with a point or thin parting tool and fill with coloured resin or brass powder resin.
10 Shape the top, sand (decorate), finish top and sides of the box
11 Remove the lid from the jam chuck base and hollow to base. Sand & finish the inside taking care not to sand the spigot.
12 Part off
13 Make a Jam Chuck to fit the base and then finish the base.
14 Join the lid and base stand back and admire.

Notices October 2015

September

Everyone seemed to enjoy the ‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course. Print your name and contact info. on the Waiting List form on the Notice board if you are interested in attending a future running of this course. We need at least three people to run the course, maximum six people.

October

This month we have a demo of a Simple Colouring Project, the competition item is a rounders bat, and the Wood of the Month is Box.

The Border Woodturners Open Day and the Inter-Club competition is on Sunday 25 October at Brampton Community Centre, Union Lane, Brampton, CA8 1BX from 11am – 4pm. Galloway Woodturners will have an entry in the competition for the first time. Last month we asked members to score the items put forward for the Inter-Club competition. The result gave the Committee a problem as three items were tied for two places ! After a longish discussion the entry from Galloway Woodturners will consist of pieces made by Jake Twiname, Les Reeves, Bryan Jardine, Roger Cutler and Reg Thirlwall. Jake is managing the delivery of our entry so please would those members liaise with him.

Martin Pidgen timber sales will be attending, as will Biven Machinery. Dave Biven says there will again be a large selection of items for sale, some at significant show discount. An excellent catering service will also be on hand in the café during the day. Members are encouraged to go along and see what members from other clubs are making.

When you pay your subs this year, you will receive a Membership Card as a receipt for your cash, and confirmation of your membership throughout the year.

November

The North of England Woodworking Show, usually known as the ‘Harrogate’ show, runs from Friday 20 November until Sunday 22 November at the Great Yorkshire Showground, near Harrogate. Phil H posted an item about this, asking members to email him if they were interested in going, on the Club website on Oct 7, which would have been emailed to many of you. As of 10am this morning I’ve had 1 reply, so I assume that you are not interested in a Club trip to the Show and that anyone who IS going will make their own arrangements.

The topic next month is a Toy car in the style of Richard Raffan, the competition is an item with colouring, and the Wood of the Month is Hawthorn.

Notices – September 2015

August

Our sale at the Kirkcudbright Tollbooth Studio was very successful, despite not being able to do live demonstrations as planned. At least ten members contributed work for sale, and thirteen members did at least one slot looking after the stall. We started the run with 80 items on sale and added a further 52 items during the sale. Out of this total of 132, we sold 79 items with a gross value of £935.50. The Tollbooth takes a 25% + VAT commission amounting to £274.80, £328.50 will be paid to members for items sold on their behalf, leaving £332.20 from commissions and donated items for Club funds.

Any remaining items that were donated to the Club we will keep for a future sale. Items that were to be sold on commission for members will be returned to the makers.

September

On Saturday 5 September we welcomed professional turner Philip Greenwood to the Club for a full day demo; the audience was just 21 members and public. The income for the day was £256 (tickets £210, raffle income £46). The expenses were £396 (demonstrators fee and expenses £280, sandwiches £87.50, desserts £4, tea/coffee etc. £5, raffle prizes £20). Thus the Club lost over £140 on the day. We have three professional demonstrators booked for next year, Richard Kennedy, Mick Hanbury, Dave Lowe. Should we be thinking about cancelling them if members are not interested in attending professional demos ?

Tonight we have a demo from Rolf on Pole lathe turning, the competition item is a bracelet or bangle, and the woods of the Month are Apple (from last month !) and Alder.

All the places on the ‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course on Saturday 12 September went very quickly so this is fully booked. Those quick off the mark were : Arthur Young, Reg Thirlwall, Iain Fleming, Les Reeves, Jamie Copeland and Geoff Thomas. The course will start at 9.30am until about 5pm, bring your own sharp tools, chuck (if it is ¾”x16, 1”x 8 or M33 x 3.5mm), wood, or you can buy a blank from Club stocks. Oh, and don’t forget your lunch !!!

There is a Waiting List form on the Notice board. Print your name and contact info. on this sheet if you are interested in attending the next running of this course. We need at least three people to run the course, maximum six people.

G&S Specialist Timbers near Penrith are holding a Show on Friday 18 September and Saturday 19 September with turning and carving demos and lots of Show specials.

Hopefully we have some superb pieces from which we can select the Club’s first entry for the inter-club competition at the Border Woodturners Open Day in October. Each club’s entry must consist of five items, no restrictions. Members are asked to score each item as per our regular competition, then the top five pieces will be our entry for the interclub competition, assuming they form a balanced selection.

October

Next month we have a demo of a Simple Colouring Project, the competition item is a rounders bat, and the Wood of the Month is Box. All this is AFTER the AGM which starts at 6.30pm. Oh – and your subscription for 2015/2016 will be due.

And finally . . .

We have been buying supplies from a company called Dave Biven Machinery Sales, and we have ordered items on behalf of individual Club members. In future, we will place a Club order once a month, just after each Club meeting, so if you want to order anything let Peter Fitzgerald know before or during the Club meeting, otherwise you will have to wait up to a month until the next order is placed.

It’s that time of the year again when we need to be thinking about our Programme for next year. There is a Committee meeting scheduled for 6 October, so any ideas or suggestion that you may have for meeting topics would be most welcome before then – speak to any Committee member please.

Phil H is stepping down as Chair and Committee member at the AGM next month. Our Constitution states that the Committee and Officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) shall be elected at the AGM. Any member who would like to stand for an Officer or Committee role please have a chat with Roger or Phil J.

Notices August 2015

July

The Better Bowls workshop was on Saturday 25 July with Rolf as the Moderator. Rolf reports ‘Judith, David and Ian all either improved or made a better bowl than they had made previously. . . . It is a shame that the other two places were not filled.’

August

Many thanks to Rolf who stepped forward at the last minute to run our stand at the Wigtown Show on Wednesday 5 August.

Tonight Roger will talk about and demonstrate ‘Workholding ideas and gadgets’. The competition item is a vase with a high gloss finish and the Wood of the Month is Apple.

Tomorrow we start our exhibition and sale at the Kirkcudbright Tollbooth until 30 August. Roger and Phil H have been there today setting up. Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to look after our show and/or demonstrate. There is a copy of the schedule on our web site and a hard copy on the Notice Board. If for any reason you can’t do your scheduled sessions, please let Phil H know as soon as you can so that we can try and get someone else to fill in. We have written some Notes to help you, get your copy from Phil H tonight.

We still need LOTS of work to sell, either donated to the Club, or on commission. Note that the Tollbooth charges a 25% commission +VAT on our total sales, and the Club will pinch 15%, so you will get 60% of the sale price. We have to provide an accurate list of the stock on sale for the Tollbooth staff so you can’t take items along and just put them out on the sales table. Hand new items to whoever is on duty for them to add them to the stock list.

September

On Saturday 5 September we welcome professional turner Philip Greenwood to the Club for a full day demo. Philip is a regular writer for Woodturning magazine and usually features projects which most turners would be able to make. Tickets on sale tonight from Phil J.

All the places on the ‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course on Saturday 12 September went very quickly so this is fully booked. There is a Waiting List form on the Notice board. Print your name and contact info. on this sheet if you want to be told if someone cancels, or if you are interested in attending the next running of this course. We need at least three people to run the course, maximum six people.

G&S Specialist Timbers near Penrith are holding a Show on Friday 18 September and Saturday 19 September with turning and carving demos and lots of Show specials.

A further reminder that the Committee would like to see the Club take part in the inter-club competition at the Border Woodturners Open Day in October. Each club’s entry must consist of five items, no restrictions. We are asking you all to bring your best work, which needn’t be new, to our September meeting. Members will mark each item as per our regular competition, then the top five pieces will form our entry for the interclub competition. So get your thinking caps on and get turning your very finest pieces.

And finally . . .

There has been some talk about the Club running a ‘ladies only’ turning day. So, ladies if the idea appeals to you, talk to Judith !   This is the third month this idea has been in the Notices; if no-one speaks to Judith tonight we will assume that our ladies are not interested in the idea and drop the item.

We have been buying supplies from a company called Dave Biven Machinery Sales, and Roger has ordered items on behalf of individual Club members. In future, Roger will place a Club order once a month, just after each Club meeting, so if you want to order anything let Roger know before or during the Club meeting, otherwise you will have to wait up to a month until the next order is placed.

‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course

The ‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course on Saturday 12 September is fully booked.

The sign-up sheet has been taken down from the Notice board and replaced by a Waiting List sheet. Print your name and contact info. on this sheet if you want to  be told if someone cancels, or you are interested in attending the next running of this course. 

Note this is NOT the same as the Better Bowls workshop that Rolf is running on Saturday 25 July. See Rolf’s previous post for info about that workshop and read your July Notices for info. about this ‘How to turn a bowl’ course.

Notices July 2015

July

We had a good couple of days at the Kirkcudbright Country Fair, many thanks to everyone who donated work for sale and to Reg and John who helped out on Saturday. We made over £120 profit for Club funds.

We don’t usually have a Club meeting in July but this evening we are pleased to welcome Joe Laird, an accomplished turner from Ireland. As this is an extra meeting there is no competition item and no Wood of the Month. Joe is also offering to teach a Masterclass for members TOMORROW from 10am. The master class will concentrate on making a Celtic Bowl. The cost for the day will be £160 shared between up to 4 people. If you are interested in attending the Master Class please speak to Roger tonight – first come, first served. Joe will also be demonstrating all day at Border Woodturners on Sunday 19th and as usual you would be welcome to go along.

The Better Bowls workshop is on Saturday 25 July with Rolf as the Moderator. We have run lots of courses for new turners but this is our first attempt at doing something for intermediate turners. This means that this is NOT A COURSE ON HOW TO TURN A BOWL – but it IS an opportunity for members who have turned a fair number of bowls to get together and share their knowledge and experience. There is room for five members and we believe there are still places available. The workshop outline is on the Notice Board for you to read at your leisure. Speak to Rolf if you are interested in taking part. If lots of people are interested we could run another workshop at a later date.

The next ‘Introduction to Woodturning’ course will start on Thursday 30 July, So far we have 4 ‘students’ on the list with room for a couple more. The syllabus is on the Notice Board, speak to Phil H if you are interested.

August

We probably will NOT be at the Dumfries Show on Saturday 1 August, but Judith and David will be ‘waving the flag’ at the Wigtown Show on Wednesday 5 August. If you stay down that end of the world, or fancy a wee trip West, they would appreciate your support.

At the Club meeting on 11 August, Roger will talk about and demonstrate ‘Workholding ideas and gadgets’. The competition item is a vase with a high gloss finish and the Wood of the Month is Apple.

The next day the Club starts an exhibition and sale at the Kirkcudbright Tollbooth until 30 August. That’s over two weeks !!!!. Some of the Committee were there this morning to have a look at the space and consider how to arrange things.

We will need people to look after our area every day during that period. You do NOT have to sell or handle money, just be available to talk to visitors and demonstrate if you want to. If you want to demonstrate you should take your own tools, wood, finishes etc. Roger is going to lend us his small Jet lathe on its own bench and we will have a Club chuck available. You were asked last month to consult your diaries, he/she who must be obeyed etc. and come to this meeting ready to put your name down on the schedule. We will circulate the schedule on a clipboard. In any case we need LOTS of work to sell, either donated to the Club, or on commission. Please bring work to the Workshop any Tuesday or Wednesday before the exhibition as we have to give the Tollbooth a complete listing of all items for sale.

September

There seems to be some interest in a ‘How to turn a bowl’ refresher course so we have arranged one on Saturday 12 September. It maybe that you learned your woodturning years ago and would like an update on current practise. We would encourage you to bring your own tools, chuck and wood, or you could buy a blank from Club stocks. The course will be FREE to members, yet another benefit of being part of Galloway Woodturners. Put your name down on the clipboard if you are interested. We need at least three people to run the course, maximum six people.

A further reminder that the Committee would like to see the Club take part in the inter-club competition at the Border Woodturners Open Day in October. Each club’s entry must consist of five items, no restrictions. We are asking you all to bring your best work, which needn’t be new, to our September meeting. Members will mark each item as per our regular competition, then the top five pieces will form our entry for the interclub competition. So get your thinking caps on and get turning your very finest pieces.

 And finally . . . 

There has been some talk about the Club running a ‘ladies only’ turning day. So, ladies if the idea appeals to you, talk to Judith !   This is the second month this idea has been in the Notices.

 

We have been given another lathe – a Tyme Cub. Phil H had one of these for many years and it’s an excellent small lathe. We will buy chuck inserts to allow us to use our Patriot and Supernova chucks on this lathe. We have returned the small Record lathe that we had on loan to the owner so that all the lathes in the Workshop now belong to the Club.