North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Visit to Robert O'Connor's Studio,
Seamus Cassidy continues to add
certificates of achievement to his Showroom Gallery following his success at this year’s RDS National Crafts
Competition. Seamus won the RDS Award of Excellence (Reserve) in the
Woodturning category for his art exhibit entitled ‘Jugular’; a contemporary hollow vessel in bleached Ash and
contrasting Burr Elm, with a steam bent handle, and mounted on a glass base. Also, to his credit, he was awarded the IWG Prize. Winning pieces will be further exhibited in the Mid-AntrimMuseum,
Ballymena, from September. Congratulations Seamus on your
We were privileged to be invited
to the Woodturning Studio in Gorey, where we travelled on mass to be welcomed by Robert
Robert O'Connor's Studio, Gorey
demonstration piece was a table lamp turned from a log of Robinia 7” x 12”. Mounting the log between
centres, a 3” base was retained with its natural edge, while the balance was shaped into a
lamp. Using an Arbortech, the natural edge was decorated with a series of groves while retaining
its natural contour features.
Using a drilling auger through the tailstock – drill the centre 7mm to halfway,
drilling 0.5” per occasion and withdrawing auger each time. Reverse mount lamp and
continue to drill the other half.
Drill 25mm recess in base to house electric wire safety clip, and drill 7mm in
side of base to meet the recess.
Open the top hole from 7mm to 7.5mm to accommodate screw in light
fitting. Finish with sanding sealer followed by a wax polish.
Robert O'Connor's Robina
His second project was a
decorated Cherry bowl turned and carved from a previously roughed out blank. Using a spindle gouge on the
outside, a series of 6 beads spanning the depth of the bowl were formed in one continuous
using the arbortech, 6 spiral groves were cut around the outside. The groves were cleaned up
with an arbortech planer. A spigot was cut on the base and reverse chucked. Again with the arbortech,
the rim was shaped with 6 curved groves matching into the side spirals. The outside and rim were
scorched and cleaned before applying green Vergigris – a special effects wax – similar to Liming
was followed by a finger application of gold gilding cream to highlight the black/green high
small central bowl was formed and the inside finished using the three mop Beal Polishing System, before using
the vacuum chuck to remove the spigot.
Carved Cherry bowl - Robert
Next project was a 20” x 3” spalted Sycamore platter with an inside decorated central
shield. This piece was faceplate mounted to shape the back, and after reverse chucking the top was
shaped with a central raised shield.
A 1.5” Ash button, stained red, was fitted as a central focal
Woodoc finish was applied by brush.
Sycamore Platter - Robert O'Connor