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.

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.