North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

 

January 2012

 

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

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 % water.   

 

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 professional craftsmanship.  

 

Appraisal pieces: 

 

Yew box - Richard Coyle

Yew box - Richard Coyle

 

Ash bowl - Pat Halligan

Ash bowl - Pat Halligan

 

Burr Elm bowl - John Sheeran

 Burr Elm bowl - John Sheeran

 

Spanish Chestnut bowl - Cecil Barron

 Spanish Chestnut bowl - Cecil Barron

 

Pine vase - Bob Dier

 Pine vase - Bob Dier