Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

Category : General

Wednesday 5th June

Dear All,

I will not be available to open the club workshop during the afternoon of  tomorrow, Wednesday 5th June.

My apologies for the short notice.


This month’s club evening

Am I the only one who has just realised that this month’s club meeting is on the first Tuesday rather than the second Tuesday?

Yes, that’s this Tuesday!


We have a web site and Facebook account, both do roughly the same thing but in slightly different ways. Many people find Facebook quicker and easier to use, while others like the traditional way of accessing information in a ‘wider’ way rather than the ‘linear’ way Facebook works.

It would be great if you would make yourself a link on the front/home page of your computer/ table/ phone/ smart fridge.

Skew Saturday

Saturday 6th July Skew Chisels for the squeamish Saturday Scared of the Skew? Sick of spirals? Six places for six people to make six things on a Saturday using only a skew and sycamore (or some other wood that starts with ‘S’ if you want, or any wood really) £10 for the day. This is a workshop more than a course, as everyone can already use a skew.

Thanks everyone for your interest; the workshop is now full, and the members attending will be

Nicky S,
Sue H,
Susan C,
Arthur, (OK I know this is seven, not six, but I realised we have seven lathes so lets get them all working)

Reminder – In the Green workshop

A reminder that this Saturday, 11th May is our ‘In the Green’ workshop on the joys of turning green wood. We’ll discuss what to do with all the wood that we ‘acquire’, which usually splits so much that it’s useless before we get round to doing something with it !

Beginners Turning Course

I have found a set of dates for the beginners course and it is Thursday 30th May to Thursday the 5th July, 7pm to 9pm. Course fees are £100 to existing members, and £135 for non members (i.e. £100 plus the £35 annual membership fees) I have two people already signed up and am prepared to take 5 students.


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.