Turners in a spin with class success

Peter Fordyce, back right, with pupils at the successful wood turning project.
Peter Fordyce, back right, with pupils at the successful wood turning project.

A popular woodturning project for pupils at Forfar Academy is going from strength to strength.

Run by local craftsman Peter Fordyce, it has attracted grant funding which will enable new equipment to be purchased.

Furthermore, the scheme has been acknowledged by the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain which has not only gifted £500 but has given the pupils free membership.

Demand for the class has resulted in two sessions run by Peter. He now teaches 20 pupils and was successful with his recent application for the Forfar Roof Truss Company £250 sponsorship cheque, run in conjunction with the ‘Forfar Dispatch’ and ‘Kirriemuir Herald’, which enabled a lathe to be purchased to add to the five held at the school.

The Young Turners Project received a further boost before Christmas with a very welcome £783 grant from Angus Council.

Peter said: “The project has received a £500 grant from the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), who also granted it branch status, and all 20 of the boys and girls have been given free membership of the AWGB until they are 18.

“This money will be used to replace worn equipment, and equip the lathes at the school with a set of tools each. We require five sets, as we already have one set kindly donated by the Robert Sorby group of Toolmakers.

“The students are doing their bit by selling the items they make at the Angus Farmers’ Market in Forfar, on a stall very kindly given free of charge. It is amazing the assistance the club has had from all concerned, including the technical department at the school, to get it up and running. It is very much appreciated by myself, the students and parents, as woodturning is a very satisfying hobby and, once proficient, may be profitable.”