XPro XP12 Plunging Router. Photos of it can be seen on our facebook page (@broxburnwcc) and the Router itself is on display in the Workshop.

The Router, a set of 0.5 inch bits and accessories is being sold for Charity and we are looking for around £50 but are open to reasonable offers.

If you would like to buy it or if you want to know more about it please give Ian a ring on 0794  1155 790 or send an email to


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.

Demonstration by Emma Cook

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

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.

Planned Closure

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.

2018 Show Winners

Wood Categories Show Results

Category Winner 2nd 3rd
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    


Stick Makers


Category Winner 2nd 3rd
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.

Volunteers Needed

Due to the popularity of wood turning, we are finding it increasingly difficult to match the small group of experienced members we have that volunteer to mentor, with new members  for their first few visits. 

We need several new volunteers over the whole range of sessions that are willing to donate a session or two to mentor a new member on their road to independent turning. 

Several notices have been placed in the workshop, or you can email the secretary directly if you are willing to have your name added to the mentor list.

The more members we have, and session times where a mentor is available on the list, the easier it will be to reduce the waiting list times for new members, and share the workload more evenly and fairly across our membership.