The Strathbrock Centre Manager has asked that all members be reminded that entry to and exit from the building is ONLY by the main door, Entrance B, and NOT by any fire escape. We are very grateful to the Centre for all kinds of reasons and we would ask that all members comply with this request.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Club enjoyed a visit from Graham Ambrose from the Scottish Borders
Club for our February Club Night. He demonstrated to the audience of
around 30, several off-centre projects including those shown – a duck, a
vase and a pendant. The final object, a candlestick, illustrated how effective the result of off-centre turning can be while not requiring any unusual or specialised equipment. Members have already put some of Grham’s ideas into practice with some success.
Visit by Emma Cook, the Tiny Turner
Our November Club Night was a demonstration by Emma in which she turned the shaped spindles for a Christmas ‘bauble’ decoration. Indeed, the song from the 1950s musical Kismet came to mind as she fashioned beads, and coves, on the spindles to attach to a glass globe filled with a bangle of LEDs. Yes, you’ve guessed, ‘Baubles, bangles and beads’ but perhaps didn’t realise that the music was borrowed from the Russian composer Borodin. The evening started unhappily as Emma and her partner were involved in a shunt near Dechmont which wrote their car off. Undaunted and remarkably calm in the circumstances, she gave an accomplished demo, explaining clearly the steps, pitfalls and handy hints of the project as it evolved from a piece of padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) about 8” x 1½” x 1½”. The LEDs, glass globe and ribbon can be bought from Emma (see https://www.facebook.com/TheTinyTurner/)
After a visit to St John’s A&E which ended around 1pm, Emma was up bright and early the following morning to run a masterclass in woodcarving. Once again, clear explanations and helpful hints abounded as the group chiselled its way to Celtic knots, fleurs de lis and oak leaves. The group was enthusiastic in its appreciation of the day which ended with an excellent tutorial on sharpening, which made the point that even although new tools appear to be sharp, they generally have not been sharpened properly. Emma left a couple of copies of her course book which covers many aspects of carving, including tool sharpening, and which can be consulted in the workshop.
After another demo to the Scottish Borders club on Sunday 25th, Emma and Roy made it back home safely in their hire car but were both still shaken and very stiff. However, while the Club enjoyed greatly their visit, it is probably one that they will want to forget. Mercifully, no serious personal injury occurred although both are still jolly stiff.
Please note that the workshop will be closed from Monday 6th August 2018 for the planned refit of the dust extraction system. It will open again on Monday 13th August 2018 @ 9am
Many of you may already be aware of the changes being proposed in an attempt to limit knife crime, and although these measures are welcome, the current wording of the bill will have a significant impact on our ability as hobby woodturners to purchase tools online.
Please take the time to read & sign the petition at
Plans are progressing for our new dust extraction system. Installation will require a shutdown of the whole workshop for a period of 1 week. Please keep a look out for notices in the workshop confirming dates of proposed closure.
Lindsay’s first Chairman’s Message should be winging its way soon to an email box near you, so keep a watch for its arrival!
In the meantime here’s a small gallery of the finished products Eugene Grimley started at his recent demonstration night here at Broxburn.
If you have been inspired by Eugene’s work, feel free to send us a picture of your creations which can be added to out members work gallery.
After the culmination of many months of patience, determination, stubbornness, hard work and commitment by members and supporters alike, the Glenrothes Mens Shed members have extended a warm invite to members who would like to attend their Official opening on Wednesday 11th July at 6.30 pm at Glenrothes.
If you would like to attend as a representative member of Broxburn Woodcraft Club, please contact Ian Graham (email email@example.com ) on or before wed 4th July to confirm.
Congratulations to all who were involved in establishing the Mens Shed, and we wish you all a successful and creative future
Wood Categories Show Results
|Wood Turning Faceplate||Roger Williams||Andrew Walker||Eddie Elliott|
|Wood Turning Spindle||Ron Beard||Frank DiCarlo||Graham Hamilton|
|Wood Turning Novice||Steve Rooney||Harry Hughes||Harry Hughes|
|Pen Making||Roger Williams||Roger Williams||Grant McReicht|
|Pyrography||Ali Sneddon||Andrew Prowse||Andrew Prowse|
|Woodcraft||Eddie Elliott||Ron Beard||Jim Richardson|
|Woodcraft Novice||Eddie Elliott||Jim Richardson||Jim Richardson|
|Segmented||Willie Watson||Robin Sutton||Tony King|
|Scroll Saw||Dave Wright||Roger Williams||Dave Wright|
|Music||Alan Thompson||Donnie McPhail||Grant McReicht|
|Club Challenge||Callum Wood||Lindsay Sawyer||Frank DiCarlo|
|Best in Show||Alan Thompson|
|Novice||Andy Prowse||Andy Prowse||Andy Prowse|
|Plain Wood||Jim Fraser||Jim Peebles||Jim Fraser|
|Fancy Wood||Steven Docherty||Steven Docherty||Jake Bryce|
|Plain Horn||Jim Fraser||Jim Fraser||Steven Docherty|
|Fancy Horn||Jim Fraser||Steven Docherty||Matt Smith|
|Leg Cleek||Steven Docherty||Steven Docherty||Andy Prowse|
|Any Other||Jim Fraser||Jake Bryce||Jim Fraser|
|Senior||Matt Smith||George Bootlands||Matt Smith|
Congratulations to all our winners and a massive thank you to all members who participated in the show, without your entries the show just could not happen.