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For more information contact:

President: Al Timms

Past President: Gary Burns

Vice President: Derek Bird

Treasurer: Michael Hamilton Clark

Secretary: Victor Bias

Registrar/Membership: Beverley Pears

Members at Large: Gerry Vickers, Lance Rossington, Keith Ruttan, Beverley Pears

Photographer: Jay Mapson, assistant Michael Hamilton Clark and Lin Mapson

Audio and Video: Calvin McCarthy, Albert Waardenburg, Ron Kredba

Librarian: John Gresham

Webmaster: Derek Bird

Email postings and questions to the webmaster.

The FVWG meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except July & August)
Location: Robert Bateman Secondary – Woodworking Shop
35045 Exbury Ave., Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
(Take Laburnum Ave from Old Clayburn Rd)
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24 Responses to Contact

  1. Jon Bernemann says:

    I was wondering if you have or know of some wood turning courses?

  2. Derek says:

    Hi Jon:

    The FVWG has monthly meetings where we share information and have demonstrations on various turning techniques. Some are “Hands On Nights” And we have occasional special events with guest Turners. Stay tuned to our website.
    Our past President, Murray Sluys offers training at his shop in Chilliwack.
    There is also the Greater Vancouver Guild in New Westminster. They also have meetings, along with Turning 101 meetings most months.
    You could also check out the Woodturners of Olympia Symposium this July 23rd in Washington.
    Finally, a few woodturning tools and supply vendors have training courses.
    Try Bruce Campbell at Island Woodcraft in Coquitlam, Lee Valley Tools seminars, and I believe KMS Tools still might offer turning classes.
    Hope that helps.
    See you at our next meeting.

  3. Allan Lindoe says:

    I live in Athabasca Alberta where there are few good turning woods. I travel through the Fraser valley yearly and stop at Bow River hdwds for supplies.
    Are there other dealers in the area which might be less expensive?
    I have ben turning for about 20 years and am moderately proficient and sell some products but turning is mainly a passion.
    web search is frustrating.

  4. Gary Burns says:

    Hi Allan, You could look up Reimer wood (also one of our sponsors ) and even better yet you could join our club as we have a wood raffle every general meeting and members buy raffle tickets to get their hands on very nice pieces donated by our members and sponsors. Very good price for very nice wood. Last meeting there was Koa from Hawaii and Brazilian cherry.
    Have fun turning, it is a wonderful hobby.
    Gary Burns FVWG president

  5. Trevor Mills says:

    I have a good lathe for sale. How do I go about posting it in your Buy and Sell.

  6. DB says:

    Hi Trevor: You can send all the details, including asking price and how to contact you to me, the webmaster at A pic or two will help with interest in your lathe. Best, Derek.

  7. Keith Harvey says:

    I would like to contact Ian Fulford who use to work for KMS TOOLS in Abbotsford and was an oval woodturner. Can you help me in contacting him? I believe he moved to Ontario a few years ago.
    Regards, Keith

  8. Mike O'Leary says:

    Keith, if you look through this site and find Murray sluys contact info He may be able to connect you with Ian, but I’m not sure.

  9. Mickey says:

    I am looking for turner that can help me with my small project.
    I need 3 small guitar knobs, made from my wood ( curly maple ).
    I can bring plastic originals. Thank you.

  10. Jackie says:

    Hi there, I would like to purchase a turned wood bowl with salad forks or something similar and wonder if you could refer me to a person or shop with some inventory to choose from? With thanks, Jackie MacDonald

  11. DB says:

    Hi Jackie:
    I will post your request to the Buy & Sell section of the website.
    regards, Derek

  12. Martin Wittrin says:

    I live in Vancouver and have been a woodturner for about 17 years and enjoy it
    passionately . Last week I was asked to do a project in an extremely short timeline . This project requires that I only use the wood Holly of any species which I unfortunately do
    not have.I could order it in , but this would take too much time . I have done numerous
    searches locally and so far been un successful . I am asking , if by chance , that anyone
    would be so good to help me out . I would be so grateful . The pieces I would need are
    not very large . Two blocks at a minimum of 2″x 16″ . I will pay or do trade . At the
    moment I have fare stock of Pacific Dogwood from a very large tree that was felled in a windstorm about five years ago .

    Thank You
    Martin Wittrin

  13. DB says:

    Hi Martin:

    I will post this in our Buy and Sell as well. May I suggest you “comment” there as well, with your tel#.

  14. Danielle says:


    I am looking for a wooden salad bowl for my son. I met a local wood turner at a craft fair a couple of years ago in the Vancouver area but of course cannot remember his name. I wonder if you can refer me to someone who makes such things. Thanks so much,

  15. Pete Blair says:

    Hi Danielle. Not sure if it’a appropriate for me to answer here but if you are still looking check out my web site. I’m in Ladner.


  16. Wayne Helfrich says:

    I am interested in Keith Harvey’s Nova lathe. Can someone send me his email address or better still his phone number

    Wayne Helfrich
    604 999 7042
    Pacific Woodworkers Guild.

  17. Peter Nowakowsky says:

    I have a few pieces of green what looks like Cherry wood to give away, short with a diameter of around 16″, cut last November. I live in Yarrow. Peter, 604 823 4752

  18. DB says:

    Hi Peter:
    Thanks for your note. I have posted your offer in the Buy and Sell section of our site.
    best regards,

  19. Lawrence (Al) Allen says:

    I have a Windsor wood lathe similar to delta/rockwell 36″ bed with 12″ swing approximately 50 yrs old and my tool rest support base broke due too metal fatigue, wondering if anybody knows where I could find. Thanks Al

  20. Gerry Cox says:

    I would like someone to advise me on the formula of the material used to avoid checking. I’ve seen it once on the net but I didn’t write it down… Many thanks in advance… I thought the sprawled birch was seasoned enough but it checked overnight.. I did repair it with and insert of oak but haven’t checked it today as yet. . Ger..

  21. Scott Constable says:

    I am wondering if there I can post a question to the general membership regarding Bowl Coring set ups. I am considering picking one up as my next tool purchase, and would like to get feedback as to what people like about the ones they have. If any members would be willing to have me come out and have a look at how the system they have works, that would be even better, and very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

  22. DB says:

    Scott, I have posted your question as a main posting. It will get seem by more FVWG members that way.

  23. Steve Berry says:

    I was referred to you guys about where to take a Fur Burrow to get estimated and or checked out on potential worth perhaps?

    I have pictures with a tape measure beside it if someone wants to take a look or maybe you guys know someone else I can contact? Any help appreciated, thanks


  24. Dan L Boy says:

    I am fascinated by the life size colourful wood turned eggs, I stumbled upon them a few years ago at a craft shop on granville island. These particular artists are no longer producing eggs. I had quite a supply that I kept in a bowl on my desk in my office, but have given all but one away to admirers (of the eggs not of me). My question: Where and how might I find artists or craft shows around the lower mainland or islands where I might replenish my supply?

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