At the December meeting of Eastern Region Woodturners it was decided to confer Life Memberships to two of our oldest members.

MR GRAHAM TILLY Member Number (47).


Graham was born in Murraybridge S.A. He started his working life as a High School Maths Teacher. Eventually becoming a Maths lecturer at Sydney University. It was during this period that he really got going as a turner. With access to the Ultimo TAFE, lunch times were spent in the Bijou Lane premises using their wood machines.

Graham joined the Guild in 1983 and was at the first meeting. He has been the Convenor of Eastern Region since about 1993. There was much discussion from the group about whether he was an apprentice to Jim Dorbis, but taught be George Hatfield, or the other way around. Either way Graham is our best turner. These days he makes Blanket Boxes, Tea Caddies and turned spoons and scoops. He is also a talented wood carver and enjoys showing off his latest creations.

Perhaps one of his lesser known pursuits, (as told to me by one of our older members), is the production of Japanese Kokeshi Dolls. These dolls, in times past, were meant to represent infants who had passed away.

Graham perfects his designs by doing small production runs, of about 4 or 5 items with each an improvement on the previous item. The final product is well worth the effort, according to Graham.

These days Graham likes to run workshops for people who want to learn from him, and these usually take place in his workshop, under the house. I know everyone learns something from Graham on these occasions. Graham continues to use his “Mongrel Lathe”, it is made of parts from various places. No matter, he still turns out excellent items.

Graham is a valued member of Eastern Region and has been a great supporter of the group over many years, by giving him Life Membership it is our way of saying Thank you.

Bibliography: Some of this information came from an article written by Jim Dorbis in By Hand and Eye August/September 2002.

MR SVEN WALLIN Member Number (167).

swen wallin

Sven was born in Falkenberg Sweden. He started work at 18 years old in an Engineering shop. Later he joined the Merchant Navy. He arrived in Australia, met his Australian wife and has lived here ever since.

Sven worked for Atlas Copco, (who made Industrial Compressors) for 36 years. Upon retirement his co workers gave him a Craftmastar Lathe. This kicked his turning into high gear. He produced furniture and toys for his grand children to their great delight.

These days he uses a Teknatool lathe and continues to turn, particularly faceplate turning of platters and bowls. Sven believes that timber should not be stained or disguised, its natural beauty is enough.

As he has always done, he continues to use a lot of Lanewood in his creations, (picked up in the Lane). However, the workmanship is always excellent on anything he does.

Perhaps one of the more interesting items he has brought in to show the group was a Birch Bark Horn from Sweden. The bark was worked in a coil to create the horn it actually worked and was quite interesting.

Sven was the Representative for Eastern Region for a number of years and the group by conferring Life Membership wish him well and just want to say Thank you.

Bibliography: Some of this information came from an article written by Jim Dorbis in By Hand and Eye August/September 1997.

Eastern Region Confers Life Membership