Roof Truss cheque to help purchase lathe

Peter Fordyle pictured picking up this month's cheque from Brett Hampton.
Peter Fordyle pictured picking up this month's cheque from Brett Hampton.

The latest £250 monthly sponsorship cheque from the Forfar Roof Truss Company has gone to help a popular woodturning class at Forfar Academy.

Demand for the skill has resulted in two sessions being run by Forfar craft worker Peter Fordyce who is involved in a youth training scheme at the school.

He now teaches 12 pupils in the art of woodturning and while the school has five turning lathes in the technical department, they are bolted to the floor and face a brick wall.

Peter said: “As the pupils need to see what you are demonstrating, it is impossible for them to stand in front of the lathe to watch.

“At the moment I am transporting my own lathe from home to the school each time, and as the lathe is very weighty, this is not ideal.

“The Association of Woodturners of Great Britain has approached one of the main tools suppliers to hopefully purchase a suitable lathe for demonstrations.

“The school has already bought chucks and tools to update their equipment, so we are hoping to fund a new lathe ourselves.

“Once the pupils are more proficient we hope to have a stall at the Farmers’ Market to hopefully sell what they make.”

The monthly sponsorship cheque donation is run in conjunction with the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald.

If you wish to be considered for the monthly cheque, send in your application of up to 300 words, stating how you or your group or organisation would use the money.

Please send it marked “Forfar Roof Truss Sponsorship Cheque” to Angus County Press Ltd., 117 to 119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH.

Please include a contact telephone number.