Galloway Woodturners

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Christmas Markets

Following our monthly club competition, which had the theme “a Christmas Decoration” we maybe are inspired to make a few more, sell them, and make a couple of pounds to pay for our own Christmas shopping. With most Christmas markets closed or restricted I today received this timely message from Craig Martin, chairman of the Yellow Door Gallery (Queensberry Street, Dumfries).
Yellow Door Gallery & Shop Christmas Exhibition
5 November to 16 January 2020
This is a call to artists/makers (writers, jewellers, sculptors, weavers, turners, metalworkers etc) who are producing interesting and unusual work and gifts to apply to join us as Guest Members at The Yellow Door Gallery & Shop for our 2020 Christmas Show. Interested parties should contact us no later than 22 October at:
Email address:
Subject: Note of Interest Christmas Exhibition for the attention of Craig Martin
Providing: A description of their work and a selection of representative images.
NB: Guest Membership over the festive period will attract a commission rate of 40%, so we would ask for the pricing on submitted work to cover this – an enhanced Temporary Volunteer Member’s Commission rate of 20% is negotiable if Guest Members commit to volunteering to provide gallery cover for a minimum of two 5 hour sessions over the festive period.
We will be asking our exhibitors to submit electronic delivery notes by email prior to delivering their work. The information will include:
• Title/Item Description
• Medium
• Dimensions (2D Work & Sculpture)
• Price
All 2D work should be framed to a gallery standard, should have hanging fixings and be clearly labelled on the reverse.
Work for the Christmas Exhibition will be received on:
Saturday 31 October between 11am – 4pm
Monday 2 November between 11am – 1pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday 3 November between 11am – 1pm & 5:30pm – 6:30pm
All applications to exhibit at the Yellow Door will be subject to selection by the Gallery Committee, therefore we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will be invited to show their work. Accepted applicants will be subject to the conditions of membership as detailed on the Temporary Guest Membership Application Form that will be issued upon selection. There is no restriction on where the applicant is located so long as they can deliver their work on the receiving days/times and collect any unsold work at the end of the exhibition.
We look forward to hearing from you!”

Club Competition update

Here is the points situation after the October competition. Colin and Stephen are the front runners with only 2 rounds left.

Senior/ Mature:

Colin Marshall (31), Mick Schofield (25), Ken Coates (24), Rolf Buwert (23), Arthur Young (19), Bill McCoskrie (14), David Simpson (16), Steven Young & Reg Thirlwall (11), Jake Twiname (8), Phil Jones (6), John Brown & Judith Simpson (5), Phil Howard (4).

Junior/ Novice:

Stephen Eccles (42), Andrew Hall (24), Christine Carson (10), Sarah Burns & Raymond McGarva (6), Alyson Young & Hugh Parker (5).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All entries with no votes receive 1 point.

AGM for 2020

Normally the Galloway Woodturners have the AGM in October each year, but this year is far from usual. The committee have therefore been keeping an eye out on government guidelines and restrictions to see how we can hold the AGM.

Our constitution states

“An Annual General Meeting shall be called as soon as possible after the close of the Club’s financial year on the last day of August. A Quorum of the meeting shall be 25 per cent of the paid up membership to include at least two Officers.

  • The ordinary business to be transacted at each Annual General Meeting shall be:
    1. To receive and adopt the Chairman’s report of the previous years working.
    2. To receive and adopt the Treasurers report and the statement of account covering the financial affairs of the previous year.
    3. To elect Chairman, Officers and Members of the Committee for the following year.
    4. To elect an Honorary Auditor to verify the financial status of the Club.
    5. To fix the Annual Subscription for the coming year following submission of a Committee recommendation.
    6. Any other business that the Chairman of the AGM may seem fit.

… and …..

  • Notice of the place, time and date of the Annual General Meeting shall be circulated to all paid up members not less than thirty days before the time of the meeting.”

As it is not possible to hold the 2020 AGM in the normal way, or at the normal time the committee have agreed that the AGM will take place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 7pm and that it will be done via Zoom, the code, or link, will be sent to you all nearer the day.

The annual subs are also normally due in October but this year we have decided that payment is not due until December, and all existing members need only pay half the membership subs (currently £35 per annum). New members, from 1st January 2021 will pay the full rate. Payment can be made to Jimmy at the shop, but also via BACS payment directly to our bank account, again instructions will be sent to you by email.

Our treasurer assures us that our finances are strong enough to see us through  this rough patch so long as it does not go on too long. Thankfully we have recently been able to update our tools and equipment so there are no big expenses for replacement looming.

Jimmy has our shop well stocked and continues to open for us on Thursdays, for those who have pre-booked a slot for the workshop. Those attending Bill’s Tuesday evenings can order abrasives, sealer, kits etc from Jimmy and we will arrange for them to be delivered. Bill and Jimmy have volunteered to deliver locally and Sarah has offered to deliver as far as Newton Stewart.  

To sum up, the club is alive and well, but severely restricted at the moment.

The club AGM is the second Tuesday in December (8th) and I ask you to put this in your diary, also ensure you have Zoom installed on your computer.

The subs are not now due until 8th December.

The shop is open and we deliver.

There will be a couple of vacancies in the committee in December so please consider ‘not what the club can do for you, but what you can do for your club’.

 The club annual competition winner will be announced at the AGM and the trophies awarded then (delivered to the winners homes).

Rolf Buwert (Chairman)

Spheres – like balls, but spherical.

Mick Schofield, who we know produces some excellent quality work and stretches our repertoire has written up Allan Batty technique for turning spheres without jigs or templates, it is quite brilliant. I urge you to give this a try, you will love it.

Simply Spherical (1)

click on the link above to open the document. 

October Competition 2020

Welcome to the October 2020 competition. 

Well done everyone, the votes are in and the winners are senior Numbers 1 & 2 (Equal) and novice Number 14, so well done Colin, me and Sarah.

Plainly it was tough to choose between all the pieces as all of them had good points, and it came down to personal taste, so I would like to thank those who had the good taste to vote for my entry.



Entry 1 senior WINNER (Colin Marshall first equal)


Entry 2 senior WINNER (Rolf Buwert first equal)


Entry 3 senior


Entry 4 senior


Entry 5 senior


Entry 6 senior


Entry 7 Senior


Entry 11 novice


Entry 12 novice


Entry 13 novice 

October Novice October Novice


Entry 14 novice WINNER (Sarah Burns)




October Club Competition

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all happy healthy and woodturning.

It is time to make, or submit a couple of photographs of what you have made for the monthly meeting’s competition (sending me the image by email, or uploading it yourself to the club web site on or before 13th October) then at 8pm, when you would normally have a coffee and examine the entries at the workshop you can go onto the web site and look at the images while having a coffee at home, at 9pm when the meeting ends and the competition winner is announced I will post who the winner of this competition is. 

The competition item for  October is ‘A Christmas Tree Decoration, either for the tree or table, or maybe for the window? 

One or maybe two photographs of your entry will suffice, and if you take more I reserve the right to choose the best one or two, and also to crop or adjust the image to show it off to it’s best.

Good luck to all entrants,

Turning Thursday sessions are well attended but there are often spaces for  ‘Turning Tuesday’  with Bill. These workshop sessions are in a very restricted and controlled manner and are not a Club Night but a ‘Turning Tuesday’. If you are attending the workshop as one of the 6 booked places you must have  phoned Bill to reserve a place. 


(to book one of the 6 places on ‘Turning Tuesday’ phone Bill McCoskry on 01556 670556, and ‘Turning Thursday’ phone Jimmy Brown on 07720 746018)

Club competition update

Here is the points situation after the September competition. We have a new leader but there’s all to play for with 3 rounds left!

Senior/ Mature:

Colin Marshall (25), Mick Schofield (24), Ken Coates (20), Arthur Young (18), Rolf Buwert (17), Bill McCoskrie (13), David Simpson (12), Steven Young (11), Jake Twiname (8), Reg Thirlwall (7),  Phil Jones (6), John Brown & Judith Simpson (5), Phil Howard (4).

Junior/ Novice:

Stephen Eccles (38), Andrew Hall (23), Raymond McGarva (6), Christine Carson & Alyson Young & Hugh Parker (5).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All entries with no votes receive 1 point.

September Competition

This month’s competition subject is ‘A Goblet’, so vote for your senior and novice entry. Just give me the two numbers in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of this post, by email, WhatsApp or text message.

Just like a normal club night all entries to be submitted before 7pm, have your coffee and vote at 8pm, and I will tally up the votes at 9pm.

Good luck everyone.

UPDATE: having counted all the votes the senior winner is Colin Marshall (entry 5), and the novice winner is Steve Eccles (entry 11), well done folks.


Entry 1 – Senior


Entry 2 – Senior


Entry 3 – Senior


Entry 4 – Senior


Entry 5 – Senior


Entry 6 – Senior


Entry 7 – Senior


Entry 11 – Novice


Entry 12 – Novice


Toolpost Closing Down

Jake has let me know that Toolpost are closing down, so if there is anything that Jimmy can’t get for us (mainly from Dave Biven), or Axminster then look at Toolpost. As they are selling everything at 25% off their prices are very keen and there may well be things which are now just within what your wife will let you get away with.

I don’t need anything, but it didn’t stop me getting another two skew chisels (to add to the 6 I already have)


Turning Tuesday and Thursday

As of this Tuesday, 25th August, we are going to unlock the workshop for a version of Turning, and Turning Wednesday will be moved to Thursday. Bill and Jimmy have been good enough to open up for us. Numbers will be limited to 5 per evening, so please phone beforehand in order to be ensured a space. If you turn up without booking a place, you might be lucky and find a space, but equally be prepared to go home again.

Plainly there are new rules, but they are not too difficult, look at previous posts for everything you need to know. 

These are not Club Meetings, that will come later, but it is a chance to get back to seeing our pals and use the club lathes and tools. 

We are all grown adults, who have sufficient intelligence  and respect for each other to be trusted to do things right. However if we prove to be forgetful or careless then we will ‘take a break’ until we are ready to try again, so keep an eye out on the web site and your emails.

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