Report on our virtual meeting 15-04-2021 Natural Edged Turning.

Our meeting this week on Thursday the 15th April 2021 was all about Natural Edged Turnings, this meeting was being arranged by Geoff Potter. It had to be changed into a virtual meeting due to the Covid-19 restrictions. However you were all invited to make something along the lines of the criteria requested. The response was very poor, but we were very grateful for the pictures we received from the limited number who took part, those were David Ross, Dave Line, Nick Simpson, Geoff Potter and myself. As Geoff was handling the meeting he chose to make something using a timeline for you all to follow.

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Our next virtual meeting 15-04-2021 Natural Edged Turnings.

Our next club meeting should be on the 15th April 2021 it was to be organised by Geoff Potter and Geoff’s theme for this meeting is Natural Edged Turnings. This meeting is now a virtual meeting due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, however you are all invited to make something along the lines that Geoff has indicated, you can make anything at all as long as it has some element of Natural Edge about it. Having made your item or items, take some pictures and send them to me for publication on our club web site, do remember to give me as much information on what you have made as possible,

We are looking forward to receiving a lot of your pictures, the response in the past has been quite poor so lets make amends and send me lots of your pictures, I’m sure the vast majority of our members would like to see what you have made.

I’ll give you a few pictures of items I had made in the past just as an example of what Natural Edged Turnings are all about.

This is probably what most of you will be thinking Natural Edged Turning is all about, a very nice Yellow Gum Burr from Australia, and you would be right , but these types of burr are hard to come by and there are other types of turnings that can be made from less exotic timbers.
This is a piece of Leylandii, turned from a log in end grain, the log measured 250mm in diameter by 300mm in depth. This tree is regarded as the hooligan of the garden, in this case very much tamed and nice timber to work.
Here I have used a Birch log again it’s been turned in end grain, Birch can be very irregular in the shape of the trunks, that’s what’s given this turning it’s dramatic appearance, the more irregular the shape of the trunk the better, it makes the actual turning a bit more difficult but I think you will agree a lot more interesting.
And now for something completely different, this too is a piece of Birch, note how irregular the stem would have been, this is a cross section of the trunk and I thought it would lend itself well to being turned by multi centred turning to produce the triple cup effect I ended up with.

Lets all get busy and make a few Natural Edged Turnings, you will have until Friday 16th April to make and then send the pictures of your work to me. Send them to,

I look forward to seeing all your pictures.

Do remember the clubhouse remains closed.

Report on our virtual meeting 01-04-2021 Green Woodturning.

Our meeting on the 1st April 2021 was organised by Nick Simpson, the theme for the meeting was Green Woodturning (or wet woodturning), this is using wood that has just been fresh cut and not had any time to dry. The meeting had to be changed into a virtual meeting due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. However you were all invited to produce something along these lines and to send your pictures to me. The response was as is usual very disappointing due to the numbers taking part, there were only 2 people who took part, Nick Simpson and myself, I think the members could really do a lot better.

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Report on the EGM 25-03-2021

As you will be aware I called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on the 25th March for a decision on our proposed move to Maryburgh. The meeting agreed the move by a unanimous vote. I can tell you that today we have received the official word from the council that the purchase of the Old Primary School in Maryburgh to the Maryburgh Men’s Shed for £1 has been accepted by the council. The building will be used by the Maryburgh Men’s Shed, Highland Woodturners Club and Maryburgh Matters (a community based club).

The move can not take place until late in this year or may be early into next year, the council are going to retain the building until a development next to the old School has been completed, the expected completion date is late September. Once we have access we will need to do some work on the building in order to make it useable for all 3 groups, this is expected to take at least 2 to 3 months.

In the meantime the Covid-19 restrictions mean that we are not able to return to the basement of the Munlochy hall any time soon, but even if the restrictions are fully lifted the Covid-19 situation has not gone away, the ventilation problem of the basement will still be there. As we have agreed to the move we do not intend to spend any money on the Munlochy building other than to make the move. The money will be spent on the Maryburgh building prior to opening.

We hope you can all bear with us on this journey, I do realise there will be some waiting time before we can all meet again in what will be our new venue in Maryburgh. Here is a picture of the building

The Old Primary School, Hood Street Maryburgh. From the Maryburgh roundabout, left into Maryburgh, then first right into Hood Street, the building is about 100 metres on the left.

Our next virtual meeting 01-04-2021

Our next meeting should be on Thursday 1st April 2021, this meeting has been turned into a virtual meeting due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. The meeting was to be managed by Nick Simpson and Nick’s theme for the meeting was green woodturning. Green woodturning is using wood that is still wet or fresh cut, this can still be achieved with good results if you know what you are doing, It can also be very interesting to see what actually happens to a piece of wet turned work after it has dried out, sometimes it can be quite beneficial but on other times a complete disaster. If you do make anything with wet or fresh cut wood, try to cut it very thin, this will give you the best chance of making something that after it dries is still useable. Wet turning can be very good when making items that are natural edged, these can distort in the drying and because of the natural edge can be difficult to see the distortion.

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Competition results 18-03-2021

Our virtual meeting on the 18th March 2021 was the Easter competition. The theme for the competition was to make Chess Pieces, the competition was arranged by Nick Simpson and was judged by Nick Simpson and Errol Levings. There were 3 categories for the competition, beginners, intermediate and experienced, each category had a different set of criteria set for them to follow, the beginners were requested to make a Chess Piece of any rank, the intermediate category were requested to make 2 Chess Pieces that were matching of equal rank, the experienced category were requested to make 2 matching Chess Pieces of equal rank from Rook (Castle), Knight or Bishop plus 1 Queen or King. Here are the results of the competition.

The Beginners category was won by Jeff Buttress for his Queen.

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