North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

February 2012

Our February meeting was a hands-on workshop with four lathes in action under the watchful eye of Seamus Cassidy. Up to twelve members availed of the opportunity to experience turning on different lathe models, and in the process, a variety of items were produced.  

 

Thanks to Seamus for giving us the wisdom of his critique on the following pieces:-

  Spalted Beech tea-pot stand, Olive Ash bowl - Noel Byrne. 

  Ash bowl – Bob Dier. 

  Sycamore bowl – Peter Donagh.   

  Sycamore bowl, Spanish Chestnut Pint – Cecil Barron.

  Cherry pop-gun – Richard Coyle. 

  Yew lamp – Pat Halligan. 

 

Feb exhibit pieces

 

 

Some ‘words of wisdom’ and ‘top tips’ which have been shared at various demonstrations:- 

  • All people make mistakes, but wise ones don’t make the same mistake twice 
  • Think thrice, measure twice and cut once!  A small mistake can cost you hours of work 
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it 
  • Before anything else, preparation is the key to success 
  • Successful Turners did not attain their success without first overcoming challenges” 
  • A ring-centre in the tail stock avoids wander and splitting associated with the point centre and improves stability.  Also, it will give greater accuracy for repeat mounting. 
  • Start spindle turning from tailstock – allowing maximum strength at drive end. 
  • To minimise whip on long spindle work – first turn half closest to drive, then reverse spindle between centres and complete 2nd half. 
  • Various methods to address torn grain – Sharpen tool and slow down cut.  Apply Danish Oil or Liquid Paraffin to torn grain and use scraper at centre height at 90 degrees.  If all else fails – hand scrape with direction of grain. 
  • When cutting fine groves – cutting tool must have sharp point to avoid pulling the grain.  

 

Spalted Beech teapot stand - Noel Byrne

 Spalted Beech teapot stand - Noel Byrne

 

Decorated Sycamore Bowl - Cecil Barron

Decorated Sycamore Bowl - Cecil Barron

 

Pint of Guinness - Spanish Chestnut - Cecil Barron

Pint of Guinness - Spanish Chestnut - Cecil Barron

 

Pop Gun - Cherry - Richard Coyle

Pop Gun - Cherry - Richard Coyle