, and you'd be quite right - especially because, as is the case with so many other crafts, one can only become even
better at the practice when they start young. Sure enough, our eyes were caught by a recent news story about a thriving woodturning class at a school in Forfar, way up in the north of Scotland.
in question, Forfar Academy, has been running a woodturning project for its pupils under the direction of local craftsman Peter Fordyce - a regular ToolPost customer, and such has been its popularity, that he now
teaches a class of 20 students. Such demand for the class, known as the Young Turners Project, has presumably been a big help in attracting the grant funding that it has recently been given for the purchase of new
Befittingly the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) has acknowledged the scheme, gifting £500 in addition to giving the pupils free membership of the Association. This adds to
such other recent successes for the project as the award of a £250 Forfar Roof Truss Company sponsorship cheque, run in conjunction with the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald, which has enabled the
school to purchase another lathe alongside the five that it already possessed.
A further pre-Christmas boost came in the form of a £783 grant from Angus Council. Peter revealed that the project had been
given branch status by the AWGB, which gave all 20 of the boys and girls a free membership of the organisation until they are 18. He added that the cash injections would fund the replacement of worn equipment and the
equipping of the school's lathes with a set of tools each.
He added: "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 the practitioner is proficient, may be able to generate an income."
Even as fairly seasoned woodturners who feel like we have seen it all
here at The ToolPost, we can't deny how impressed we are by the Young Turners Project and wish Peter and the pupils the best of luck with all of their future woodturning endeavours.