Galloway Woodturners

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Rick Dobney Demonstration and Masterclass

Our next professional demonstration and masterclass will be given by Rick Dobney over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June.

During his demonstration on Saturday 1st June Rick will make a multi axis candlestick and a multi axis box.

Tickets for this demonstration are available from Jimmy in the shop ~ please get yours early and thereby help the caterers know how many to expect.

Those who sign up for the masterclass on Sunday 2nd June will have the opportunity to learn to make both of these items ~ however, there are only 4 places available for this so register your interest and buy a ticket from Jimmy in the shop as quickly as possible, first come first served!

During the masterclass, participants should bring what they’d like to use to decorate the box to their personal tastes. For example, various colourings, texturing tools, spirit dyes, gilt cream, acrylic paints, iridescent / interference paints, pyrography tools, carving and texturing bits and burrs, etc.

These promise to be a couple of interesting and inspiring days.

Ticket prices

Demonstration; Saturday 1st June, 10.00am to 4.00pm at the workshop, lunch, teas/coffee provided.   £20

Masterclass; Sunday 2nd June, 10.00am to 4.00pm at the workshop.   £50

Peter Osborne Demo and Masterclass

Following a very instructive and interesting demonstration at our club meeting on Tuesday 9th April we had an excellent masterclass on Wednesday. 

Those of us who attended appreciated the opportunity and guidance to attempt something we might otherwise have thought beyond us.  However, as you can see from the photo, we all went home with something to finish off in our own workshop and enthused to plan our next ‘rough around the edges’ project.

Thanks again Pete and I hope we will see you back at our club soon.

Peter Osborn’s masterclass April 2019 ~ the smiles tell you everything!

Lapsed Membership

Hello, All,

I am bringing the membership list up to date, and I shall shortly be emailing everyone who was a member of the club last year, but who does not appear to have paid their subscription for the current year. Please rest assured that I am not singling anyone out or trying to harass anyone into paying. We are not permitted to keep data indefinitely for anyone who is no longer a member, so before I delete anyone’s details, I want to check that they have not just forgotten to pay.

Just as a reminder, subs of £35 were due in Oct 18. A grace period was given until Christmas for those with failing memories or empty wallets. Since Christmas, a list of paid-up members has been displayed in the workshop. If your name is NOT on that list, you may not use the club equipment until such time as the situation is rectified. If you believe you have paid, but your name is not on the list, please speak to me or to any committe member. The names of members who have recently joined may not yet be on the list. I shall rectify that situation as soon as possible, certainly by next week.


Robert Sorby Demo.

We have Chris Pouncy from Sorby coming to demonstrate at the club on the 14th May. If you want to order something from either Sorby’s or Turners Retreat can you please let me have the orders by the 6th May.

Tuesday 9th April 2019 (next Tuesday’s club night) sees Peter Osborn, professional demonstrator, entertain, enlighten and inspire us.

Please make a special effort to come along, and feel free to bring a friend, or spouse/partner for a most interesting demonstration.

If you want to know more about Peter a good starting point would be the web site of the Register of Professional Turners.

There are still a couple of places available for his Masterclass the following day Wednesday 10th April, and I would love it if you could be part of the day’s teaching by Peter. Jimmy has tickets in the shop, so message him, or see him right at the start of the Tuesday demonstration to get your ticket.

My intention is to demonstrate 2 Natural Edge Dishes from a log on the Tuesday evening.

On the Wednesday at the Masterclass I am intending to carry on the Natural Edge theme & have in mind Natural Edge Vases with the possibility of Natural Edge Goblets and/or dishes similar to the ones from the previous evening.

I will be bringing some logs of about 8” long & about 4” diameter. I will also have with me some pieces suitable for Goblets & Dishes.

If any Masterclass members had pieces of wood that they particularly wanted to use, then they could bring them along & we can see if they can be used.

I will also be bringing a few different types of Hollowing tools, which people could have a ‘go’ with.

Again if people wanted to bring their own, it might be quite useful.   

Regards, Pete Osborn

Co op Volunteers Sat 16th

Confirming that on Saturday 16th we will be having a stall at the Coop in Castle Douglas from 10:30-12:30 to promote the Club & the Coop and our fundraising through the Coop. Volunteers to man the stall include myself, Phil J, Ken Coates, Mick Schofield and Sara Burns. If anyone else would like to participate please let me know. Christine

Eugene Masterclass

For those who are going on the Masterclass Eugene has sent the following:

Hi Roger,
My fault but all dimensions are in mm.  However, the 15 x 15 section does have to be gripped in a chuck.  My Record/Nova chucks will just grip this but I forgot to consider your chucks.  It might be better to go up to 20 x 20 mm or whatever size is handiest for you.

Masterclass – Eugene Grimley

The Eugene Grimley Masterclasss is 13th March (with his demonstration on Tuesday the 12th) and for those who have tickets for the Wednesday you might want to look at the cutting list. If you bring your own wood then you will have a known quality, colour, allergy tolerance etc. The club has its own stock of wood and we will try and get some sets of the cutting list together, but we can not be sure we will have the right colour and quality. Eugene is coming from Ireland on the ferry as foot passenger so travelling light i.e. without wood.

12th and 13th March 2019

Cutting list for Galloway Woodturners – Masterclass Wednesday 13th

  Length Width Thickness Material Comment(s)
1 100 15 15 Dark/exotic wood The lengths are OK/max but the 15×15 is not critical as it will be turned down
2 120 15 15 Light colour-Sycamore/Maple/ Beech
3 175 60 60
4 6mm drill  
5 30mm Forstner bit  
6 35mm Forstner bit  
7 Jacob’s chuck for tailstocks We can manage with 2 or 3

Co-op Local Causes

Christine and Bob Shipway from the CD Coop have talked about raising the profile of Galloway Woodturners and the return on the Coop Local Community Fund by getting the message to our members, families and friends that the more they shop at Coop Castle Douglas and, ideally become Coop members and select Galloway Woodturners to be our designated Coop cause, the more we will get from the fund.
Bob suggested that a few members have a stall in the Castle Douglas store on a Saturday morning (their busiest time) to make members and customers aware of Galloway Woodturners and our activities, so that they can elect to support our cause, and to have a static display of some of the typical items we produces.
To that end Bob has suggested we choose one of the mornings of Saturday 16th, 23rd, and 30th March , the stall will be in place between 10:30 – 12:30. So would anyone like to promote Galloway Woodturners at a stall?

I could do it on the 30th March, but would like to get in earlier so if you can spare a couple of hours on Saturday morning 16th or 23rd March, I also think there are members who can ‘sell’ our craft to the public better than me. We can all put some items together over the next few weeks to display at Turning Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Let me know if you would like to do your bit for our Coop bid asap.