A little history of WW

 

 

 

WhatsNew

 
 
Ike (Isaac Curran) is now displaying work in The Coastal Design Gallery in Campbeltown Jane & Grant Logan have a well appointed gallery, Grant designs and makes stunning jewellery . www.coastal-deesign.co.uk I have now created a photo page on "photobucket" its a lot easier for me to upload pictures directly to the albums and that way folk can see what we are making.  You can visit my page click here: IKE CURRAN PICTURES
   

 

Craft Fair News

 
 

I am very sorry to announce that due to ongoing ill health Isaac cannot organise and run the botanic Gardens Craft fair, all dates are cancelled.  Isaac had a procedure on his spine early in February and has just been discharged from hospital with ongoing heart decease problems (29 February 2016).  Isaac and myself are truly sad that this has had to be cancelled.

   

 

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About Us and at the Bottom How we raise Funds

 
 

A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND WHY I SET WHEELCHAIR WOODTURNERS UP

Me on my Wheeled Highchair

I served 27 years in the Armed Services, during that time I suffered a spinal injury, which is now degenerative and to cut a very long story short, now means that I can walk very little and mostly use a wheelchair for getting around, because of that I have been accepted as a member of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Servicemen Association). I also have heart disease and have had 6 heart attacks. As you will see from my workshop pictures I am able to use stools to work from and my favorite is now a wheeled kind of high chair, which allows me to pull myself around. (you can see it on my workshop page)

 

 I am lucky that I manage to sell all of my work either through the Craft Fairs we organise (see Craft Fair page) and other locations this finances the workshop, well almost!

Me at the lathe June 2009

My Workshop is completely Wheelchair friendly.  The concept of WW is to set up a workshop and organization that can help and advise other people who are disabled or have limitations, whatever they are as well as able bodied folk who want to learn a new skill and get involved.  To have a website that you can contribute to, if you have solutions or ideas mail me and if they fly I will post them and give you credit.

 

The WW workshop now has four lathes, the VB36 NEW IN MAY 2009 (see Report),  and I also have a Silverdrive Statesman 280 (see Report) which can be worked at stool height, plus I have also purchased a Charnwood Mini Lathe (see Report) which is for use in the workshop and also for taking to locations for demonstrating and a Delta Midi lathe which can be used at wheelchair height.  The original garage needed a complete refit to be good for purpose, I have funded about 50% of this re-build myself and also obtained a grant from Scotland UnLtd which has allowed me to finish the work  Ongoing sales of items allows us to maintain the workshop and be self funding. 

I am offering beginners the opportunity to come to my workshop and learn the basics, plus being able to sort out what they need to set up their own place, I desperately want to keep this all FREE, so I am hoping to get advertisers on this site,   I have also built the mobile setup so that I can go out to locations and give demo's.  In time I also want to mount a webcam in the workshop so that if someone wants to see maybe how to make a certain object, then hopefully, if I'm up to the task, I can show them.  If anyone knows how to set up a webcam on this site contact me please. 

Wheelchair Woodturners also raises funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and we have donated over £500 in 2008 and in 2009 Marie Curie received £500 North Lanarkshire Cancer Care trust £150

 

HOW WE RAISE FUNDING FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS

Wheelchair Woodturners has always wanted to stand on its own two wheels (or four or legs) to achieve this we must sell our work.  ALL of the money raised goes back into the workshop or is used to outreach to other folk or communities.

There are various way that we raise funds.  The first is that we are lucky enough to organise our own little Craft Fair in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, this has now been going for about three and a half years and is a regular event in the West End of Glasgow.  We have a varied group of crafters and most of them have been with us for some time now.  All profit from the hire of the tables is paid to charity, mainly Marie Curie Hospice Glasgow, 2008 we contributed £500 and in 2009 we will have contributed in excess of £700, £500 going to Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow and £150 to North Lanarkshire Cancer Care trust, these folk organise a service which collects cancer patients from their homes and takes them to their appointments and then runs them home again.  A further donation will be made to BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Srvicemen Association)  in the new year (2010)

Click here to Visit the Craft Fair Page to see the dates

Something new for 2010, we are selling items from this website.  This is not as easy as it sounds, each item is hand crafted in our workshop from locally sourced wood or other material, some of that wood has been delivered to us from North Lanarkshire Council through the Arborist section, the guys are great and some of the wood is stunning, sorry I digress, I am pretty passionate about the items we make and the wood we use.  So as each item is made it is going to be set aside for either the Craft Fair or for internet sales, these items must then be photographed and listed individually, if and when we sell an item each one is then packaged and posted.  Because there IS only one of them then it has to marked as sold right away on the website.

Use the menu on the left to navigate to the items we are selling

 

So we will see how that all goes in 2010, however as we no longer do a second craft fair, we feel that there will be a hole in our fund raising for Marie Curie, to this end we have decided that 20% of all profit from Internet sales will go direct to Marie Curie, this in addition to the Botanic Gardens money.

 

THIS IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION