North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
privileged to welcome Gabriel Wall, S/E Chapter, as our demonstrator for August, together with his supporters
from the S/E and Dublin Chapters. Gabriel’s project was a lamp using
two contrasting timbers.
Gabriel Wall lamps
the top of the lamp, a piece of burr oak was mounted in the chuck, sufficient to turn a 4” neck and a spigot to
fit base. An 8mm bore was inserted with a 10mm opening to facilitate
the brass nipple to be hand screwed into position.
Next, the 11”x7”
Ash base was mounted in jaws: the centre bore having been completed on a pillar drill. Using a 7/8” drill, bore
recess to accommodate the burr spigot and fit the neck into position. Mark the base at 3.5” from
bottom as a guide for shaping the curve of the base. Shape the lamp and blend
the turning to mesh with the burr top section. Drill facility for wiring
on bottom curve, and shear scrape the final finishing cuts. The neck was removed to
allow the base to be scorched with a blowtorch. The base was then brushed
down with a spud brush before brushing on special effects black wax, while the burr section was given a coat of
Organoil. The base was then sprayed with a coat of ebonising lacquer for the final finish, and the
lamp assembled when dry.
A second lamp of
similar proportions was turned in jig time, and in this demonstration white twine was tightly wrapped around the
base to give a corded texture and contrasting finish to both lamps. Thanks Gabriel for a
We convey our
best wishes to John and Joyce Conneff as they prepare to downsize and move home in Oldcastle, before the end of
August. Many thanks to John for inviting the Chapter to his copious wood stores, to stock up
with whatever timber we required before the big move. The hum of chainsaws
filled the evening air, as cars, vans and trailers were filled with laburnum, holy, ash, beech, sycamore, cherry
and many more species of timber. A local charity would
have benefited from the modest collection. Thank you very much
John, for your much appreciated invitation, and generous sharing of your valuable
Thanks to Seamus
Cassidy for conducting the critique on the following items:-
Parana Pine spoon – Kevin Milton.
Ash finial pot and Holy off-centre candlestick – Eamonn
Macracapra pine hat and Zebrano lidded box
Cherry salad spoon & fork – James
Ebonised Oak clock – Bob Dier.
candlestick that was turned by Gerard Corrigan and Lockie O’Sullivan using only a skew chisel at a training
exercise in Joe Laird’s workshop during June 2011. Gerard added the Poplar
base and presented it as a tribute to the late Lockie O’Sullivan.