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.

Well its often said "shy bairns get nowt" where we come from so we did the cheeky thing and asked Phil Irons to come for the day !

Well storm Emma hit and amongst the casualties was this beauty from Barmagachan House.

At last, no more extension cables and open doors....we are now fully wired up!

The AWGB run some really good workshops for those of us afflicted with turning, I was lucky enough to be selected to attend one such event and this is how we got on!

We have another new team member, meet Speedy, the slow speed grinder....yes I know but I just couldn't stop the name coming out.....and besides what sort of a name would Slowy be?

Decided to have a go at one of those "thin wafer things" as they are known here done by Pascal Oudet, didn't have any green Oak so I decided to give it a go with some green Sycamore. This is how I got on.

So after lunch with Allan we proceeded to the big lathe and a larger scale version of the type of system we had been looking at, for part one click here

Always been intrigued by ornamental turning, rose engines and holtzappfel lathes so when offered an opportunity to spend a day with Allan Joicey to test out his latest tools .... well it would be rude to refuse wouldn't it? So here is an overview of the first half of the day.