North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Our traditional July BBQ was
complemented by a full day of demonstrations with Robert O’Connor and Seamus Cassidy. Robert started the day by
turning a 10” Horse Chestnut bowl with a series of beads on the rim and a bead under the
coat of red water based milk paint was applied to the outside of the bowl, and a strong black line was burnt
at the bead underneath the rim for decoration and also to prevent migration of the paint into the
beaded bowl - Robert O'Connor
Next project started with a log
of wet Birch, 7” x 10”, mounted between centres to cut a 4” spigot and to bring the log to a
was remounted in the chuck and the inside was hollowed out and shaped, and finished with a round nosed
scraper. The outside was shaped to reflect the shape of the inside. A light was positioned
inside the vessel while continuing to turn the outside to a wall thickness of 2mm – the light penetrating the
timber to indicate even wall thickness.
The base was undercut and decorated before parting
Horse Chestnut with milk paint bowl
- Robert O'Connor
The third project was a 15.5”
Spanish Chestnut beaded bowl which had been previously rough turned. The outside and rim were
trued up and the finished surface was achieved with a shear cut. Using a 3/8” spindle gouge
and starting at the outside base, a series of beads were formed which gradually increased in size up to the
beads were formed in one continuous operation without lifting the gouge from the bowl – a procedure that took
all of 3 minutes.
Robert O'Connor creating
A second light repeat cut was
applied as a finishing cut. Reverse chuck to turn inside. Redefine the large rounded
rim and cut 30 mini beads on the rim.
Starting at the inside centre of the bowl create a further series of beads on
1/3 of the inside surface – 3/4’s of beads were formed working right handed, and the balance working left
Spanish Chestnut beaded bowl - Robert O'Connor
Connolly Dave Carroll and Seamus Cassidy were preparing the outdoor BBQ
which was followed with a variety of scrumptious deserts. The lunchtime
orchestral recital was supplied by James Halligan on guitar & mouth organ, Michael Clarke on accordian,
Eamonn McKelvey on harmonica and vocalist was Paul O’Leary.
BBQ Trio -
Eamonn,Michael & James,
Before we eventually returned to
demonstrations, Imelda conducted a monster free raffle where everybody was a winner on at least two
occasions. The prizes being donated by the members of the North East Guild and our visiting IWG
North East Chapter
The fourth project was a request
for Robert to repeat his method of continuous beading technique, this time working at a slower pace.
The fifth project was a lamp stem
turned from a piece of spalted Beech measuring 3” x 20” mounted between centres. A 1” spigot was cut at the
tailstock end, and three sections were marked for design. When the stem was finished,
Seamus Cassidy was tasked with turning a 7” matching base for the lamp.
Spalted Beech lamp
stand - Robert O'Connor
& base by Seamus
Seamus concluded the day’s
turning by reproducing an antique beaded chair leg with a square pummel. The blank was mounted
between centres and the pummel marked.
Seamus explained his technique to cut a clean, crisp pummel: This entailed
making one side of the square with a starting line for the pommel and an ending line 3/8”
apart. The first cut is made with the
long point of the skew chisel presented at 90 degrees 3/8” from the pummel mark. The third or fourth such cut
working towards the pummel should reach the point where square meets round on all four
parting tool can then be used to define the start of the round section.
The rounder spindle was then
marked using a Story Stick with all the necessary points to reproduce an exact copy of the antique chair
Reproduction of antique chair leg - Seamus
A memorable day was enjoyed by
all, thanks to demonstrators, members, visitors and trade stand.
Eamonn McKelvey with his Sycamore bowl