North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
BBQ day in the North East Chapter
brings together a feast of entertainment ranging from rapid turning projects with Robert O’Connor and Seamus
Cassidy, opportunity to replenish turning supplies from ‘The Hut’ trade stand, and with special thanks to the
Cassidy family for providing all the facilities and BBQ equipment for the day.
Robert started the day with a
comprehensive demo of tool sharpening using the wheel sharpener and also the Sorby
sharpener. He keeps it simple – with all roughing, bowl & spindle gouges and scrapers sharpened at
Starting with a log measuring 12”
x 12” which had been pre-cut before been reassembled together with its waste off-cuts, and wrapped in cling
film to prevent moisture loss in transit – the unwrapped log revealed 5 bowl blanks and a spindle
The 1st bowl was face plate mounted to turn its
outside profile and sheer scraped to leave the minimum sanding requirements, and then remounted to create a
wide rimmed bowl – all completed within 15 minutes.
Robert turning beaded
The 2nd bowl had its outside beaded using a
spindle gouge – starting with small beads, and progressing to larger beads in one continuous movement from
the base to the top of the bowl.
After reverse mounting, the top bead was blended into the top of the bowl –
another 15 minute project.
Robert beading inside of
The 3rd project was a natural edge thin walled
two high points and the two low points were balanced and mounted between centers with a 4 prong drive to
shape the outside, and remounted on a spigot to turn the inside.
The 4th bowl was from a quarter sawn blank with
straight grain. Using a 3/8” spindle gouge – small beads were created on the outside in one continuous
movement. Incredibly, the inside of the bowl was also beaded to match the outside in a similar
continuous motion – a 13 minute project.
Selection of Robert's
The 5th project was made from the 2”x 2” x 10”
spindle – this was a mini 9” goblet with a 3mm stem.
His final project was a mirror
image off-centre candle holder turned from a piece of Yellow Pine measuring 4” x 4” x 7”. The technique used here
after bringing the blank to round was to mark the centre lines at each end, then select a point equal
distance at top of tailstock end, and at bottom of drive end. Mount off-centre on these
two points and turn a ball shape in the centre area. Reverse mount on centre points to turn base and top of
candle holder. Remount in chuck to hollow the candle holder and part off.
Robert's Yellow Pine off centre candle
Seamus Cassidy shared his
techniques with us for turning multiple table legs: mounting a fine grained red deal blank between centers
with a ring centre in the tail stock, the leg was marked out with the aid of a storyboard. To create the pummel on the
square section, the critical procedure is to use a ½” skew to penetrate all four sides to avoid fiber tear
out when bringing the rest of the leg to round.
Seamus turning a set of table legs
Next project was a coloured
blank was mounted between centers and shaped to give a finished pear measuring 4” x 2.75” with the bulbous
end at the tailstock and a chucking spigot. Cut dimple and drill for
clove inset, and sand at 120 only.
Finger paint with acrylic green undercoat and dry. Follow this with streaks of
light green and yellow. When dry, rub down lightly with 320 grit. A mixture of mustard and red
should produce a suitable shade of brown which is dappled on lightly using a sponge - the finished product
looked very realistic.
Thanks were conveyed to both
Robert and Seamus for a most informative and enjoyable day’s turning.
Thanks to Seamus for his critique
on the following exhibits:-
Pair of Sycamore
candlesticks – James Halligan:
Pair of ebonized Ash
bud vases – Kevin Milton:
Yew jewelry box –
Yew beehive vase – Bob
Laburnum bowl – Cecil
Bog Oak/Mahogany art
piece – Imelda Connolly
Eucalyptus pill box
with O ring lid – Tony Thwaites.
Apple with secret
drawer - Late Owen Furniss.
Beech Ash nut cracker - Dave Carroll