North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
A balmy Summer’s day provided the
ideal setting for our annual BBQ at Seamus Cassidy’s Woodturning Studio, where we had a full day packed with
demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ turning opportunities.
The morning started with Robert
O’Connor turning a 9” spalted Sycamore bowl decorated with two raised coloured beads. The basic design
incorporated a rounded base with straight sides to accommodate the two raised beads. The 2” spigot at the base had
a centre reference point inserted for later re-chucking. A point tool was used to cut
groves each side of the two beads, and wire burn lines inserted to avoid the spirit stain colouring from
running. The beads were raised by using a flat scraper ground back to an angle of 45 degrees and
presented at 45 degrees. The spirit stain was sealed by an application of spray lacquer. After reverse chucking the
aim was for thin walls with an inward sloping rim. The use of a negative rake
scraper is ideal for cutting ripples from inside the bowl. The 3 mops Beall Polishing
System with its polishing compounds was used for the finish which accomplished spectacular
Thanks to all involved in
organizing the BBQ - Imelda Connolly and Chris Hayes for acting as chief cooks, Michael Clarke for
coordinating the grub – an excellent presentation, and enjoyed by all, to James Halligan who kindly
distributed a box of Oak saplings, to McQuillans for the deal on items for the raffle, and also to Peter
Donagh for donating two gouges, and to Cecil Barron for supplying two large boxes of timber – members were
invited to take a number of pieces and make items which will be offered for sale to raise much needed funds
for Alzheimer’s Society.
Seamus Cassidy continued the
demonstration with a ‘work in progress’ project. This comprised of a series
of ornate form cup shaped items which were turned from 3” Ash cubes. The objective was to make a
multitude of variations of the basic form, decorating sections using the Dremel and applying Acrylic
colouring to selected sections.
Both Seamus and Robert O’Connor were combining their skills in preparing this
project for the Gathering Festival in Gorey during August.
After the BBQ the afternoon
comprised of a ‘hands-on’ session.
There were 3 lathes in action, and with Seamus and Robert as
mentors. All present were given the opportunity to turn using a variety of tools. It provided a great
experience working with various grinds and their application, and also experiencing the benefits of using the
Negative Rake scraper.
Robert also provided the critique for the following items:-
Spalted Beech Platter – Cecil Barron:
Pair of Holly candle sticks – James Halligan:
Elm 3 footedbowl, 12” Elm bowl - Pat
Burr Elm natural edge bowl – Pat
Sycamore natural edge bowl – Bob Dier:
Red Deal and Mahogany skeleton clock – Pat
photographs are available for an Ash / Ebony lecturer’s baton by
Kevin Milton. and a Maple and Walnut
back-scratcher by Cecil Barron.