A request came in to make a bowl from a special piece of timber, the timber itself is nothing special being just a small piece of cherry (Prunus spp) but the location it came from is most definitely special.

A bit of a storm passed through earlier this year, named Ophelia and has now given up a little bit of a bonus from a local estate. 

Managed to get hold of some metal storage for the workshop at last, and why is this important? Well, we all have materials in the workshop which represent a fire risk.

So the nice chaps turned up to replace the very battered fence around our village hall, turned out they were also down to rehang the gates on brand new gateposts. True enough one of the posts had seen better days but the other well, lets say that one caught my eye.

Having done a series of exhibitions and then stepped back a little bit one thing became apparent, cash is not something that people carry or particularly want to carry. So card payment is something that needs to be sorted out, it can however seem quite daunting but it isn't.

You know how the story goes, this bloke says "I know where there's loads of them monkey puzzle things..." and a little while later you are driving around muddy gravel tracks thinking..."another wild goose chase" and then suddenly....

Another day, another demo! Back to back demos at the weekend, Saturday was Joey Richardson and Sunday was our old friend Andrew Hall who was demonstrating over at Border Woodturners.

We had been waiting for this one for a while, a chance to see Joey Richardson and get into close proximity to some of her remarkable work.

Things have been a bit frantic so its a brief one this week !

Well that was a bit frantic! Four days of pretty much non-stop visitors from far and wide.

Just a brief update this week, and some shameless self promotion (no change there then!)...

Just taken part in a  two week long exhibition with several other artists and makers from our region, a group known as the Borgue Collective - please no jokes about assimilation!

Well, another Sunday at BWT and another great day! The members and visitors were entertained and educated once again, this time by well known turner Simon Hope.

The Pro-Forme hollowers  from Woodcut have been amongst the most used tools in the workshop but a little something has always been missing. Now we have plugged the gap!

The Barmagachan Nest

So the timber from the Beech tree is being processed (a bowl nest a day) and as a thank you for the timber a nest is being prepared from a specially selected piece of the timber.

Having seen Mick demo a number of times we were expecting a good show and we were not disappointed in any way! The demo was at Border Woodturners in Brampton as part of their calendar of events.

OK so as if the all day demo wasn't enough excitement, the day after was our long awaited training workshop with Emma at our home workshop which made for a more relaxed day.

We waited for this one for a while, and its a two parter ! First the demonstration by Emma the Tiny Turner at the local woodturning club was eagerly anticipated and was worth the wait.

A while back we reported on the arrival of a very important new team member, the Woodcut Max3 coring system and a review was promised once the system was in use. Wel,l if you want to see how we got on, click the read more button....

The SpringFling is a big event which draws in large numbers of visitors and showcases artists and makers from the region, being nowhere near organised enough to get directly involved with the SpringFling and knowing that large numbers of visitors would be in the area we opted for the stealth approach to things....

McNaughton M8 Centre Saver

OK so I am going to admit it, I have a tool problem so when someone said would you be interested in a McNaughton Centre Saver well it was pretty much a done deal.

Apologies for the awful pun but it just had to be done! Our latest team member has arrived and as you can see has been put right to work.

Firstly, apologies for the title but it had to be done. So another stray arrived on the drive at the "home for retired lathes" as we are now being called by some local wags....

Never one to miss a day out a visit to Border Woodturners offered a chance to see Richard Kennedy at work, a turner who produces some of the most beautiful thin walled, pierced and carved work going.

This one took a little while to get to but here it is at last, a follow up to the earlier item on the Sorby Spiralling/Texturing tool we were given.