North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

 June 2014


We are always grateful for the regular support from members of the East Central Chapter at our demonstrations, and Peter Donagh welcomed all present and extended sympathy to Chris Hayes, Chairman of East Central, on the recent death of his wife Kay. 


We were privileged to welcome Tony Rea, Down Chapter, ably assisted by his colleague Eddie Gorman to show us how to convert a pair of Banksia Nuts into two matching light units complete with contrasting timbers and fitted with an original style globe. 


tn_Tony Rea Eddie Gorman Banksia Lamps.

Tony Rea & Eddie Gorman – Banksia Lamps.


The Banksia was topped and tailed, and two pieces of Pitch Pine 78mm x 67mm were turned to shape to form the base and the top of the lamp.  A 25mm centre hole was drilled into the base, through the Banksia Nut, and through the top to accommodate a brass custom made lamp unit containing the fuel and wick mechanism.  The top was marked with the left point of the dividers to reflect the diameter of the globe and a narrow grove cut to house the globe.  Using the indexing system six points were marked inside the globe groove.  4mm holes were drilled at the marked points to provide an adequate supply of air for the light flame.  Two decorative grooves were inserted in the top using the parting tool.  The lamp was assembled using polyurethane glue, and the outside of the Banksia given a final shape before applying sand & sealer, and Briwax applied to the base and top.  The matching lamp was turned in a similar manner and fitted with a LED night light.  Thank you Tony for an entertaining and unique demonstration. 


tn_Tea break

Tea break


Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his critique on the following items:-



tn_Burr Elm bowl – Peter Donagh.

Burr Elm bowl – Peter Donagh.


tn_Segmented Bowl – Eugene Rice.

Segmented Bowl – Eugene Rice


tn_6 section art piece – Patrick McKevett

6 section art piece – Patrick McKevett


tn_Sycamore bowl – Eugene Rice.

Sycamore bowl – Eugene Rice


tn_Yew hollow forms – John Conneff.

Yew hollow forms – John Conneff


 tn_Pastel & Mortor – Eamonn McKelvey

Pastel & Mortor – Eamonn McKelvey


tn_Ash Candle holders – Gerard Corrigan.

Ash Candle holders – Gerard Corrigan.


tn_Yew Bullet Clock – Bob Dier.

Yew Bullet Clock – Bob Dier.


tn_Ebony bud vase – Kevin Milton.

Ebony bud vase – Kevin Milton.