North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
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
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 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