North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
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
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.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following items:-
Burr Elm bowl – Peter Donagh.
Segmented Bowl – Eugene Rice
6 section art piece – Patrick McKevett
Sycamore bowl – Eugene Rice
Yew hollow forms – John Conneff
Pastel & Mortor – Eamonn McKelvey
Ash Candle holders – Gerard Corrigan.
Yew Bullet Clock – Bob Dier.
Ebony bud vase – Kevin Milton.