North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild
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
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
Sycamore bowl – Peter Donagh.
Sycamore bowl, Spanish
Chestnut Pint – Cecil Barron.
Cherry pop-gun – Richard
Yew lamp – Pat Halligan.
Some ‘words of wisdom’ and ‘top tips’ which have been shared at various
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
Before anything else, preparation is the key to
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
When cutting fine groves – cutting tool must have
sharp point to avoid pulling the grain.
Spalted Beech teapot stand - Noel
Decorated Sycamore Bowl - Cecil Barron
Pint of Guinness - Spanish Chestnut - Cecil Barron
Pop Gun - Cherry - Richard Coyle