July 2011 - BBQ


We had a full day’s turning at our July meeting, with Robert O’Connor, Gorey Chapter, producing two stunning masterpieces.Starting with a Sycamore blank measuring 14” x 2.5” he created an ogee shaped base to his bowl.This was sanded down to 600 grit before applying a Matt Woodoc finish.His technique here is to apply a liberal coat of finish and wipe dry after a few minutes. Normally Robert would allow the peice to fully dry for 24 hours before applying the 2nd coat. The 3rd and final coat can be applied after a further 8 hours.  


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Robert O'Connor - Textured beehive bowl

Distraction for Robert O'Connor


After reverse chucking Robert formed a slight convex wide rim, and applied 2 coats of acrylic black spray.The bowl was reset in the chuck at a slight angle, and using a point tool 2 framing lines were inserted to give a half eclipse effect on the rim.Using 2 different sizes of counter sunk drill bits the framed part of the rim was randomly decorated.Next the rim was sealed using a Cellulose Lacquer spray, and when this was dry the centre of the bowl was turned. 


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Robert O'Connor's demo pieces


Robert’s 2nd project was a Beehive textured bowl, turned from a piece of 8”x 8” Ash.  The texturing was achieved initially with a parting tool to create a series of grooves, ensuring the tool is presented at 90 degrees to the contour of the bowl.  Next a Proxxon Arbortech was used to texture across the ribs.  The textured surface was sanded using a wire disc held in a drill.  The top rim was blow-torched before turning out the centre, and given a matt Woodoc finish – a fantastic project – thanks Robert. 


Meanwhile, Lynsey Balfe and James Halligan were preparing the BBQ which went down a treat.  The interlude music was provided by the Halligan Orchestra, with back-up of song and dance from Michael Clarke and Pat Halligan. 


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BBQ 2011

James Halligan accompanies Michael Clarke in song

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Relaxing with music

Hidden skills



Tommy O’Neill came down from Tyrone to demonstrate a fully functional model Thrashing Mill which was based on the original Garvey’s Mill.  This was constructed by his father, Paddy O’Neill, from home materials available, and had not been operated since his passing some 11 years ago – an emotional and fascinating demonstration.  The original Garvey Thrashing Mill is still among his family artifacts. 


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Tommy O'Neill demonstrates model Garvey's Threshing Mill



Seamus Cassidy delivered his usual unique practical critique which is proving to be an essential aspect of our goal for continuous improvement. Thanks to:

Pat Halligan for submitting his Elm hat,  

Cecil Barron for his microwaved Ash bowl, and to  

Bob Dier for his suspended bud vase and double candle holder. 

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Elm hat - Pat Halligan

Microwaved bowl - Cecil Barron


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Suspended Bud Vase - Bob Dier


Seamus continued the afternoon by mounting a 14”x 2” Ash challenge piece with a large natural fisher in the base – to be converted into a platter with leather stitching as a feature.  The necessary techniques applied included putting duct tape on the opposite side while turning, creating a shallow curve which is best suited to stitching, slowing down the cut when approaching the centre to give the chisel time to cut, working on the outer rim first in order to minimize flexing and maximize strength / support towards the centre.  Also, frequent sharpening is essential, and wearing a leather glove while supporting any flexing during the final cuts. 


 tn_Seamus Cassidy packages his demo piece.

 Seamus Cassidy packages his demo piece.



For his second project, Seamus turned a wide rimmed platter from a piece of burr Elm.  The rim was enhanced by inserting 3 decorated 25mm bosses, taking care to position the first boss inline with the central grain.  The final result was a magnificent work of art.