Chairman’s February Message

This Chairman’s Letter comes hot on the heels of an excellent Club Night by the turner, Graham Ambrose from the Scottish Borders Club. He took as his theme off-centre turning and showed us how to make several out-of-the-ordinary objects, all of which were clever but fairly straightforward once you realised what was involved– I have already seen a couple being tried out in the workshop. 

Dave Willcocks is wanting to get the bowl-corer training on the road and suggests groups of 4 on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday morning, beginning at the end of the month. Could those who have signed up, please add to their entries which sessions would be convenient.

The other sign up notice concerns Club polo shirts which Jack Smith is organising. If you would like one (or more!) please place your order in an envelope, with the appropriate money, in the safe and a short will appear in due course, as if by magic.

A chap in Invergarry has hardwood offcuts available by the trailer-load which he reckons is about a cubic metre, which must be getting on for a tonne (or ton if you prefer). He won’t deliver it but can meet at Lochcarron (?!). He can be contacted at 01809 501353 or 0782 598 6513, should anyone be interested! It doesn’t appear to be the most convenient offer we have received.

The flatbed sander has been repaired and should be back in operation this coming Wednesday afternoon. The repair to the drum was expensive and it is not immediately obvious how the damage could have occurred. The sander MUST NOT be used as a thicknesser, or as a means of removing paint/varnish/nails – it is designed to remove only a small amount, say 0.1-0.2mm, at a time!

It would be enormously helpful if, when dust bags, bandsaw blades or other things are changed, a note was made in the diary by the sign-in sheet. Equipment that is broken and needs to be repaired should be entered in the Repairs Folder. Merely putting a notice saying ‘do not use’ without any explanation, is less than helpful. The Saturday morning maintenance crew does a great job and we should all help to make their work as straightforward as possible. Many thanks.

Finally, the Centre will be having its annual PAT-testing session sometime in March. We shall arrange for the mains-operated hand tools to be tested again. If you are in the habit of bringing electrical equipment into the workshop, it must be PAT-tested, so please arrange for it to be available when the chap is testing things. Sanders, hand drills, battery chargers, pyrography gizmos are some of the things we know are brought and it is important for the Club’s insurance that we comply. I am sure that you all understand. We shall give you as much notice as we can.

The chairman “had a tendency to assume that people knew what they were doing, perhaps because he generally assumed that he did not!”― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven