Its that time of year again! The felling season is progressing and timber is available in sorts of shapes and sizes, some freshly felled and some reclaimed from storm damage.

Sorby Spiralling System

The Sorby spiralling system is something which has always been of interest and now we have one !

I was asked to do a bowl coring demo at Galloway Woodturners. I have made a pdf file of the presentation so that it can be downloaded.

So carrying on the tradition of machine rescue we have the latest arrival in need of a little TLC.... a Scheppach Basato 3 bandsaw which upon arrival was

Another lucky find has managed to solve another little nagging problem in the workshop. Remember the bench at the back of the shop, well if not read on.

It has been suggested that maybe our slogan should be "Here at lathe rescue we never put a lathe down....."

Well the stove solved a problem, the cold in the workshop, but not without creating additional issues - not the least of which was the dreaded condensation. However after a brief consultation it looks like we have resolved the issues.

Its nice to be appreciated from time to time so thanks very much to Wear Valley Woodturners (WVWT) for the fantastic gift !

Well after the festive season we finally managed to get the stove fitted, though with a little trepidation....

A commission came in from a furniture maker to turn 4 oak quadrants for a piece of furniture they had been commissioned to make by a client, these needed to be made from a single glued up blank then split to form the quadrants.

In order to keep warm and to help deal with those little projects that don't quite go according to plan another little addition to the team has been made !

A new member of the team has arrived at Bowlmaker, a Vicmarc VL300 short bed, promptly christened Vicky by all present.

Well I finally managed to get to a metal spinning taster session and it certainly lived up to expectations.

A presentation was made to Galloway Woodturners last night, the subject was Large Scale turning.

Well having returned from yet another great visit to Andrew Hall's workshop I think I may need to take to wearing a fedora and a suit with big shoulders .... well OK may be not. However ....

Well after using borrowed ones for some time we finally have our own bowl saver, having tried the McNaughton and the Woodcut ones the decision went in favour of the Woodcut.

The older style Woodcut was however ditched in favour of the new Max 3 version.


A package arrived from the supplier of the CL4 with an assortment of odds and ends which go with the lathe, including the original sales documents and manuals for both the lathe and the Record Power VSLK.

Well you know how you have these ideas about may be one day I would like to one of those things that "so and so" makes, but of course one does not arrive because that all important bit of equipment never gets purchased  - usually because its too expensive and there are other things above it in that huge list of priorities.

Well the SIP mini lathe has proven to have some "reliability issues" and given its size it has pretty serious limitations when it comes to which projects can and can not be done on it.

So when an opportunity presented itself and a replacement was high on the list of priorities - a very big list indeed - we went for it!

Well the fitting out is now coming to a conclusion so here is how it is looking:

From the door...


Oh my goodness!

Well, to continue the story.

The farmer arrived with the largest telehandler in the area and we moved the monster into place on the concrete slab, he got it over the wall and onto the slab - just.

Well, the concrete is in and has been wrapped up in a blanket and put to bed, three cubic metres all barrowed from the front of the house to the back. These photos just about sum it up.


Well after you have reached a new level of crazy by moving the thing you then of course need to sort out a new home for it....
After protracted dithering I arrived at the optimal location and an agreed size for the new home for the Wadkin.

I thought it might be interesting to see just how crazy things get when you have a Wadkin RU and you decide to move house. So just as a taster here are some pictures.

First Clear your workshop of most stuff except the lathe - easy.