The Committee

Dave Beatt

Club Chairman

Dave was given a chance to use a lathe at school in a minor role but the seeds were sown! His first woodturning lathe was powered by an electric drill which had one speed, fast. The urge was always there to get back into woodturning and it wasn’t until around fifteen years ago that he again picked up the tools and began turning again. Dave says he finds the hobby most therapeutic and enjoys the challenge of a new idea whatever it may be.

Hamish Evatt

Vice Chairman

Hamish has been a member of Taywood since it was set up. During that time he has held most posts on the committee. Hamish can't stop collecting wood - he thinks it's in the blood as his son is a joiner, his grandfather was a cabinet maker and his great grandfather was sawmiller at Glamis! 

Dave Inglis

Club Secretary/Health & Safety

I am a 67 year old retired forensic scientist. I've always had an interest in woodwork and took up wood turning when I retired in 2011. I thoroughly enjoy it and like to try turning new things. My other interests are outdoor activities so I usually carry a saw in my rucksack and often come back with some nice bits and pieces of fallen wood.

Allen Skinner


Sheila Gibbs


I have worked with wood for many years but turned to turning in 2015. It is a hobby I have grown to love to the detriment all others. I joined the club in the Autumn of 2015 and quickly became involved with the committee. My aim is to improve my own turning skills but also to pass the skills on to others who enjoy this wonderful hobby. Wood is a very forgiving material to work with and finishes beautifully with a bit of care and attention. The club members are friendly and happy to pass on their skills, tips and ideas. I have much to thank them for.

Frank DiCarlo

 Events Organiser

When I retired from being an engineer/project manager in 2010, I had planned to occupy some of my time restoring antique clocks.

However, watching Stuart Mortimer create his “spiral shapes” on a chance visit to the Ingliston Woodworking Show that year convinced me I had to try this.So by the end of the year I had a lathe, a few tools and a copy of Keith Rowley’s Foundation Course. I am now a member of two clubs, whose characteristics are quite different. I also have a wood pile that dominates my workshop and garden.

Scott Murray

Newsletter Editor

Previous to my wood turning hobby I had tried the usual things like fishing, golf and so on. I visited Taywoods open day in November of 2000 and was immediately hooked. I joined the club in January 2001 and have been a regular attendee since. But for the club I don’t think I would have had the same enthusiasm given that you are mixing with people of the same interests. So if you’re considering trying it try and join a club or organisation where you will get sound advice and encouragement. My only regret is that I didn’t start 40 years ago. It is a hobby I would recommend to young and old alike.

Nick Tindell

Co-Librarian/Sandpaper and Sharpening
I trained as an engineer and worked all my career in manufacturing. When I retired I went back to woodturning which I had tried in my youth. I have always enjoyed working with wood and find turning a most satisfying way of showing how nature can produce so much beauty. Taywood gives me the opportunity to make new friends, learn new techniques, swap ideas and exchange experience with fellow enthusiasts.

Murray Paton/Debbie Coull

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