North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

 

August 2012 

 

 

We travelled by mini-bus to Dromont, Delgany, for our August meeting at Kiln Dried Hardwoods, set in the magnificent Killuddery woodland estate in the heart of the Garden County.  Neill Willis was our host for the morning where we were greeted with refreshments before stepping into part of the film set for ‘King Arthur’, which was reconstructed in the original walled garden of the estate.  The timber building was the massive ‘Centurion Centre’ complete with equestrian accommodation stalls.

 

Neill Willis, Kiln Dried Hardwoods

  

 Neill Willis, Kiln Dried Hardwoods

 

Neill and David Brabazon operate the timber business – which offers an on-site sawing service for customers by means of their Mobile Autotrek Bandsaw Mill which converts large logs into planks.  

 

The Bandsaw Mill in action in Kiln Dried Hardwoods

 

The Bandsaw Mill in action in Kiln Dried Hardwoods1

The Bandsaw Mill in action in Kiln Dried Hardwoods

 

The planks are then air-dried down to 20 % moisture content over a period of months before being kiln dried down to approx. 11% in their computerized Incomac dehumidifier kiln.  The massive warehouse holds vast quantities of milled native hardwood timbers, together with a ‘must view’ selection of woodturning blanks and interesting timbers. 

 

Neil had a 6m x 1.1m one hundred year old Sycamore log set up on the mobile bandsaw, and proceeded to give us a fascinating demonstration in planking and manipulating and securing the log on the Autotrek.  Thanks to Neil for a most enjoyable and stimulating demonstration and tour of the facility. 

 

Link to Kiln Dried Hardwoods website