North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild



 February 2013


A special thanks to Brendan Sullivan for donating a variety of turning tools – proceeds raised on the day amounted to €50, which in turn was donated to the local branch of St.Vincent de Paul.   


Our new Secretary, Dave Carroll, demonstrated how to make a candlestick and holder.  Tools used during the process included roughing gouge, skew, round-bar scraper, beading tool and parting tool.  Working with a recycled piece of Iroko, the spindle for the candlestick was chuck mounted and secured in position with a ring centre in the tailstock for maximum stability.  After initial shaping, the candle cup was formed using a 22mm drill mounted in the tailstock.  The various grades of sandpaper used were managed by means of a bulldog clip which was attached to the lathe by means of a magnet. The spindle was finished with an application of sanding sealer, followed by briwax.  Next a 10mm spigot was turned at the drive end, and in the process the bottom bead was slightly undercut to provide a discreet fit into the base, and also to allow room to trap any glue that might escape. 


The Teak base for the candlestick was mounted on a face plate and inserted in the chuck.  The bottom of the base was formed with a recess for reverse mounting in the jaws.  Having shaped and finished the face, the centre was drilled to take the candlestick spigot, and the rim drilled to accommodate the finger ring holder.  The finger ring holder was turned from the balance of the candlestick spindle which was drilled 22mm x 20mm deep and fitted to the base using a 6mm dowel. 




Tips for the day:  

Fit cling-film onto face visor to protect it from Sanding Sealer splashes.  Replace cling-film when necessary.     

Cut into a Perspex jig the maximum and minimum half circumference of internal and external measurements of your chuck for quick reference.   

Thanks Dave for a very well presented and entertaining demonstration. 


Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for giving critique on the following items:-


Block & Gravel in Laburnum and burr Elm with silver wire insets – Cecil Barron.  

tn_Block & Gravel - Laburnum - Cecil Barron



Spalted beech bowl – Pat Halligan.  

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Leather stitched Cherry bowl – Cecil Barron.  

tn_Cherry Stitched Bowl - Cecil Barron



Mini Laburnum bowl – Bob Dier. 

tn_Laburnum Bowl - Bob Dier 



Thanks to the Dublin Chapter for co-ordinating memorial to our late member Jim McNeice, and preparing a framed certificate which has been passed on to his wife June and family.  Jim was a long standing member of the Dublin Chapter before joining the Northeast. 


tn_Jim McNeice Memorial Certificate - Copy


Jim McNeice Memorial Certificate


The certificate reads as follows:-Family Tree Scheme. An Oak Tree has been planted in Larch Hill, Tibradden, Co. Dublin in memory of Jim McNeice, from Irish Woodturner’s Guild, Dublin Chapter.