North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Our Chairman, Peter Donagh, opened our 14th AGM by observing a period of silence to
remember past deceased members, and especially for Loughlin (Lockie) O’Sullivan whose regretted death
occurred on 5th December.
He paid tribute to the outgoing
committee, and also conveyed thanks to Seamus Cassidy for providing his premises and lathe for our monthly
demonstrations. An average of 20 members attended the monthly meetings
during the year, and the number of items submitted for critique increased from 50 during 2012, to 110 during
2014. The following members were elected to officiate for
Secetary: Dave Carroll.
Sec.: Seamus Cassidy.
PRO: Bob Dier.
Seamus Cassidy treated us to a
master-class in crafting a goblet with two captive rings. Starting with a 7” x 3”
Cherry blank mounted between centers, cut a spigot at drive end for mounting in chuck. Hollow out the cup of the
goblet using a standard spindle gouge, and finish with a curved scraper or a Simon Hope mini scraper, using
both set at 45 degrees.
Seamus Cassidy turning a captive ring goblet
The perfect bottom curve of the
cup being achieved by using the tool rest to implement a pivot action with the tool. Bring up the tail stock to
provide the necessary support for the cup while finishing its outside with a long grind spindle gouge in
sheer scraping mode. Position and roll two beads for the rings, undercut both sides, and sand top and sides
before cutting off. Next, glue on a strip of sandpaper to the stem to facilitate sanding the inside of the
rings. Continue to shape the stem and base, leaving the base the same diameter as the top of the
goblet. Finish with Danish oil, and don’t use for drinking purposes for at least seven
days. Thanks Seamus for your very comprehensive instructions.
Seamus continued with critique on
the following items:-
Mahogany and Redwood
golf ball/clock/pen stand – Eamonn McKelvey:
Yew / bog oak salt
& pepper set – Peter Donagh:
Yew/Ebony Nativity Set
– Peter Donagh:
Bleached Ash set of
female figures – Kevin Milton:
Iroko popery box – Bob
Teak/walnut box – Noel
Spalted Ash bowl –
Ash bowl – Noel
American Cherry cake
stand – Dave Carroll:
Crossdrum Elm fruit
Plate and Elm bowl – John Conneff.
Pair of Yew
candlesticks – John Conneff.