Galloway Woodturners

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The Tiny Turner

The Tiny Turner is doing a live session on Zoom on 22nd August about resin casting, cost of a ticket is £10, see the link below.

July ‘Light’ themed competition

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry.

After the vote this evening we have one winner in each section

Senior – Colin Marshall

Novice – Andrew Hall

Well done everyone.

Senior 1- Arthur Young



Senior 2 – WINNER – Senior section – Colin Marshall. Well done!


Senior 3 Mick Schofield



Senior 4 David Simpson

  Video on Facebook

Senior 5 Bill McCoskry

Senior 6 Rolf Buwert

Senior 7 Steven Young


Novice 11 Steven Eccles


Novice 12 WINNER -Novice section – Andrew Hall. Well done!




Not open just yet …

I know that some members are keen to get back and others are nowhere near ready to return to the workshop, and that is fine, so, as other places open up, we have to start thinking about when and how to get things going again. I was at the workshop yesterday, and everything is exactly as we left it. Our neighbour Frank was working away on one of his motorhomes and it was good to see him. 

Although we are not announcing reopening just yet I expect that there will be a graduated return of individuals, then groups of two or three, before we open fully in compliance with government guidelines (whatever they may be).

I will keep you informed as things progress, but I get the feeling that things are opening up rapidly, and people are getting excited about this, however we need to exercise restraint and have a little more patience, there is light at the end of the tunnel, this is not some joker walking backwards with a lamp in his hand, this is genuine progress which we do not want to jeopardize, locally or nationally.

Every one of you is valuable and important, and much as I want us to see each other again in 3D I care for you all too much to risk your health, or that of others in your household to open too soon.

Until then stay safe and stay up to your knees in shaving in your own workshops, boy are we going to be good woodturners when we get back with all the practice we have had during lockdown !!


Borders Club Newsletter

Border Woodturners Newsletter 3rd July 2020

Click on the link above for news from over the Border. Some really useful stuff about what they are doing and demos and meetings you can attend from your living room, workshop, potting shed.

Newsletter and Competition

Click on the line below for the newsletter. Thanks.

Galloway Woodturners June July Newsletter

Club Competition 2020

We’re half way through the competitions for 2020 and here is the points situation:

Senior/ Mature:

Mick Schofield (17),  Ken Coates (14), Arthur Young (12), Bill McCoskrie (11), Steven Young & David Simpson (10), Rolf Buwert & Reg Thirlwall & Colin Marshall (7), Phil Jones (6), John Brown & Judith Simpson (5), Phil Howard & Jake Twiname (4).

Junior/ Novice:

Stephen Eccles (29), Andrew Hall (11), Christine Carson (9), Raymond McGarva (6), Alyson Young & Hugh Parker (5).

The scoring system awards 6 points for 1st position, 5 for 2nd, 4 for 3rd. All other entries receive 1 point.

Vote for Mushroom Group – June Competition

Vote for your chosen SENIOR and JUNIOR by indicating your choice in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom or by emailing me at

Good luck


  1. David Simpson 1st equal Senior Class
  2. Ken Coates 1st equal Senior Class


10.         Scarlet Elf Cup

11.  Andrew Hall’s winning entry in the Novice class.

Mushroom Group



Club Competition 16th June

Thanks to 

Mick Schofield
Steve Eccles
Rolf Buwert
Kenneth Coates
Christine Carson
John ‘Jake’ Twiname
Andrew Hall

who have already submitted their entries for this month’s competition, and very impressive some of them are! If your name is not listed here and you have an entry please send your images to me, or upload yourself to the Media file. If you have not made an entry yet then there is still time, up to 8pm on Tuesday evening. You don’t want any of the people listed above to win do you? so get turning, for fame and fortune may follow the winner.


Club Competition 16th June 2020

Hello folks ! 

I hope you are all well and keeping busy, especially in the workshop. 

The club competition this month is a “Mushroom Group” and I have finished my entry, and look forward to seeing yours. Please upload the images to the web site and I will sort them out, or email the images to me at Sorry but I don’t have a mobile phone at the moment so if you sent anything to me via Whatsapp etc then I will not have received it, so please resent to my email.

My demo of Swanee Whistle making should have been tomorrow night too but as I can’t get my head round how to video it and upload the video to the web site then we are going to have to keep that one for another date.

So, if you have not yet made your mushroom group yet then you still have time. Turn, photograph and send the images to me by 8pm on Tuesday 16th, thanks. 

Chucks & Jaws

Attached is a video by Richard Raffan outlining the use of Chucks & Jaws. In the video, Richard Raffan demystifies chuck jaws for woodturning. He also offers tips on how to mount your work on the lathe safely and without marring your project as well as why he uses a spigot wherever possible.