Galloway Woodturners

We're in Galloway and we turn wood

Category : Programme Events and Ideas

New workshop dates

Sharpening Workshop, by request. Thursday 20 September, 19.00 – 21.00 ish.

Finishing with CA. Sunday 4 November, 13.30 – 16.30.

Signup sheets for both these are on the Club Notice board.

Better Bowls Workshops

Thanks to everyone who has previously attended one of my two Better Bowls Workshops this year.

I have had a request for another, Ladies only, workshop. This will probably happen at the end of July, or beginning of August, and I have high hopes for really good things to come from this one.

There have been a few members who I could not accommodate on the course tomorrow, so I would like to run another workshop towards the end of August or September. Have a think about this and let me know over the next few weeks if this interests 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.

Hollowing Workshop Edition 3

There are places available on the third and final running of our Hollowing Workshop. The first session is this Sunday 23 April, the second session the following Sunday 3o April, both 13.30 – 16.30 at the Club Workshop.

Session 1 – introduction and demonstration of a range of hollowing tools, then you take them all for a test drive. Wood provided.

Session 2 – make a pencil pot or similar. Bring your own wood or buy a blank from Club stock.

Email Phil H if you fancy joining us, .

Hollowing Workshop Mark 3 ????

The Club has run a couple of Hollowing Workshops this year and would be willing to run another IF there is sufficient interest. If you are interested, add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Notice Board in the Workshop.


Hollowing Workshop reminder

Just a wee reminder for the members listed below that Session 1 of the Hollowing Workshop is this Sunday, 2 April, from 13.30 – 16.30.

David Simpson, Mike Jacob, Christine Carson, James Brown, Christine Clements, Michael Fenton

If you have a hollowing tool of any sort, please bring it with you. Wood will be provided.

If you are unable to come, please let me know as Les Reeves would like to come.

Let’s make shavings !



Hollowing Workshop 2

The dates for the second Hollowing Workshop have been agreed with Committee. They are :-

Sunday 2nd April, 13.30 -16.30

Sunday 9th April, 13.30 – 16.30

Fee is £20 which covers both sessions. If you have a hollowing tool then please bring it along. Wood will be provided for Session 1. Bring your own wood for Session 2 if you want or buy wood from the Club stocks.

This second workshop is already fully booked. If you have missed out again, email Phil Howard and if at least three people want one we will schedule a third workshop.

Herewith, notes on the demonstration of kitchen implements on 14th February 2017, where I only went through the bottom of one item, and where nobody was injured.

Items for the Kitchen

Wall hanging notes

My notes from last Tuesday’s demo about making a wall hanging are now on the web site in the library, presentations section. Includes a photo of the example piece.

Simon Hope Demo and Masterclass

Well I think it’s safe to say that a really top class weekend was had by all who came to see Simon Hope at our workshop. Simon spent Saturday demonstrating and Sunday giving a masterclass to five of us. Everyone seems to agree that he is an excellent demonstrator and teacher and we’re all looking forward to having him back for a return visit some time.

These are some pictures of what we made (or half-made in my case!) during the masterclass. While Rolf was masterng the art of thread chasing the manual way, the pieces made by Jake and myself incorporated threaded elements made using Simon’s thread-cutting jig. As a result of our success the committee members present agreed it was exactly the kind of thing that the club should own… so we bought one! Jake and I will be on hand to assist if anyone wants to try it out.

So a big thank you to Simon and, to those who missed it, plan ahead carefully and make sure you don’t miss our next great professional demo with Nikos in December!