North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
At our January meeting Seamus Cassidy shared
his techniques by bringing us through the various stages in turning a decorative cone which formed part of
his unique range of presentation trophies. This was a replica
similar to a series of trophies which he crafted for the Meath Sports Person of the Year Award which took
place earlier in January. Nina Carberry of the famous racing dynasty scooped the top award in recognition for
her Fairyhouse Irish Grand National success of 2011.
A typical trophy consists of five parts –
First the trophy mounting base is textured and then bleached using two bleaching
compounds. Wood Bleach A is applied liberally by brush to the Ash base. After ten minutes apply
Wood Bleach B and leave it to work its magic for a day. It is recommended that
quarter sawn timber should be used, as its straight grain is stable, thus eliminating any possibility of
bowing problems which could cause the dismounting of the decorative cone.
Seamus Cassidy's decorative trophy cone
Part 2: Take a block of quarter
sawn Ash and raise the grain by texturing it with a stiff nylon brush fitted in the drill. Mount the block on a 6
mm screw chuck and turn to a disk 75 x 6 mm. Apply bleach process as
before. Finish with quick drying water based matt clear Ronseal varnish diluted with 20 %
Part 3: Using a block of burr
Elm glued to a base mounted in the chuck proceed to turn a cone base 60 mm x 20 mm with a slightly dished
centre to accommodate the nose section.
Part 4: Mount a small beech
block to turn the cone nose with a 6 mm spigot to fit into the cone. Remount the cone, fit
the nose and blend it into the cone. Remove nose and apply gold
leaf size. When the size is tacky dry apply the gold leaf.
Part 5: Drill 6 mm centre in a
4” square of Ash and part off 10 mm. Ebonize with Chestnut
Ebonizing Lacquer. Assemble all five parts to create a stunning trophy and a classic example of
Yew box - Richard Coyle
Ash bowl - Pat Halligan
Burr Elm bowl - John Sheeran
Spanish Chestnut bowl - Cecil Barron
Pine vase - Bob Dier