Galloway Woodturners

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Notices June 2019


 Notices – June 2019


We are very happy to welcome Colwin Way tonight, and fortunate to have such a talented turner demonstrate for us. His experience is huge and varied and is probably best known for his association with Axminster tools, and has developed for Axminster the ‘Colwin Way German pattern’ skew chisel. His demonstration is certain to be fun and encouraging. Enjoy this time with him tonight and hopefully we will be able to spend some more time with him in the future.

Competition entries:  the item tonight is fruit, and next months is jewellery, but I would also like to ask members to think about September’s competition item which is “Something for Brampton”. Borders Woodturners Interclub Competition is on Thursday 18th October at Brampton and several of us have attended the competition and even submitted entries. We have improved since then and I know we can produce some excellent work, so look out something you have made recently, or make a special effort to make something really special and bring it on Tuesday 10th September

Visiting turners : Rick Dobney was with us just a couple of days ago and demonstrated and held a masterclass. Chris, Ian and Rolf were ‘the Masterclass’, and had a great time, and learned a lot. If you have never been part of a Masterclass I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. The next one is September.

We have had five professional demonstrator so far this year (if you include Colwin tonight) and our last professional turner for this year will be Phil Irons, who is doing an all day demonstration on Saturday 21st September and Masterclass on Sunday 22nd  September. He is a high quality turner and his pieces sell for high prices, so we can expect a very high standard demonstration from him

There will be no meeting next month (July) as it is holiday time and we will be back in August to the usual second Tuesday in the month 13th August when Phil Howard will be “Playful”.

A new lathe has arrived (Axminster Trade AT350WL/AT1416VS W), and until it is fully set up please refrain from playing with it. It still needs to be bolted down with spacers and have a Log Book created for it.

The new extractor is also here, but I have not built it up yet so it is still in it’s box. I hope to build it this week and then could do with some help and advice in ‘plumbing’ it into the pipework we have, and extend and improve that pipework.

You will see that we have acquired more wood and it is awaiting processing. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the acquisition of this and the team who come once a month to ensure we have a good stock of boards and billets for turning.

We are fortunate that Galloway Woodturners have an active membership who raise funds, process wood, make food for when professional turners come for all day demos, set up lathes and chairs where required, do maintenance, admin and hospitality, run our shop, look after our finances and do the admin for us etc. But we are also fortunate that we have a strong membership and high attendances on Club nIghts as well as Turning Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thanks everyone.


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