I started woodturning about 8 years ago, as something to keep me occupied once I retired after 35 years as a police officer. My family bought me my first lathe ( I think to keep out of the road) I was introduced to Neil Lindsay and Charlie Anderson just as Scotswood was winding up. And Strathclyde woodturners were being formed. I found that woodturning is a challenge that I enjoy, and each piece of wood is going to be something, be it good or bad, or as in most cases shavings. With Neil’s help the shavings having become less. And the end result gives a more satisfied feeling of achievement. Strathclyde woodturners has been my best source of education learning from each other demonstrations or watching the experts that have attended and shown us a great number of new things over the years. Every thing is an experiment. And fun, and so long as I enjoy doing it I will continue.