Hand Turned Pepper Mills With A Twist


 My name is Don McGregor. I live east of the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I live on the shore of a small lake where my home and shop overlooks the lake.

Since retiring, I have built my own retirement home and proceeded from there to a new hobby of woodturning. My longtime friend, George Hendry in Perth, introduced me to woodturning when I asked him if I could watch the next time he turned a piece of wood. He did exactly that by putting a piece of wood in the lathe and handing me a tool. George had been turning for 15 years.

 After my fourth piece over a span of 3 years, I joined the Peterborough Woodturner’s Guild. The guild has over 100 members of a wide variety of experiences. That was in May, 2010. This organization holds monthly meetings and their achievements can be seen on www.kawarthawoodturners.com. I am an instructor at this club.

I am on the Kawartha site as a winner at the 2011 Annual Contest where I received a 1-2-3 for my vase, miniature box and candle sticks, all of which is shown in my gallery. Courtesy of the KWG, they have displayed my turnings with other club turners at the Peterborough library.  As well, I have entered my work in competitions at the Norwood Fall Fair. On occasion, I have received several ribbons plus Best Overall (hollow vase).

My shop is an 8×20 trailer which is equipped with 110/220 hydro and a generator. Therein, I have 3 lathes: a Delta 26-460, a Oneway 1018, and a Rockwell 1230 plus support tools.

Over the past year, I have found that woodturning is a forever learning experience with the wide variety of items that can be made out of wood.  Only by sharing ideas is one able to become a better and more learned turner. As time passes. I would like to join anybody from whom I can learn and to whom I could teach.

I can be contacted in Canada – 705-917-3115.