North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild



 March 2013



Cecil Barron was welcomed as our demonstrator for March, and he went on to show us how he sets about making a two tier bun stand. Working with Parana Pine, which he explained originated in Chile, but on this occasion he did not have to travel to source the timber in South America as it was recycled from the steps of his neighbour’s staircase. The 11” base was prepared for chuck mounting and the bottom of the base was shaped and sanded, and finished with Sanding Sealer which was followed by an application of Liquid Paraffin. 


The base was reverse chucked to shape the face. A ring decoration was inscribed on the face with a point tool which in turn was friction burnt using a piece of formica, followed by sanding and finishing. Next the 7” top tier was prepared for mounting in the chuck and a similar turning process was completed. The centre support was spindle turned from a 1.5” square x 6” with spigots at each end. The 4” balance of the same spindle was turned as a finial / lifting handle with a spigot at one end.


 The 4 components were assembled and glued into position, creating a functional and captivating project. Cecil kindly raffled the finished stand which was won by Gerard Corrigan, and he also presented a set of timbers to Imelda Connolly (our newest member) to enable her to make a similar Bun Stand. 



tn_Cecil Barron Parana Pine Bun Stand



 Cecil Barron  - Parana Pine  - Bun Stand.



Cecil completed his demonstration by turning a Spurtle Stick – a traditional Scottish porridge stick, where it was used to stir the oats as they softened in the pot.  Thanks Cecil for a very skilled presentation. 


Items presented for Seamus’s critique included:


Spalted Beech bowl with decorative Ebony buttons by Peter Donagh. 

tn_Spalted Beech Bowl - Peter Donagh




Skeleton clock set in Beech, Elm and Walnut – Richard Coyle. 

tn_Beech ElmWalnut - Skeleton Clock - Richard Coyle




15” Ask platter – Cecil Barron. 


tn_15 inch Ash Platter - Cecil Barron



Replic of Navan Street Art in Iroko – Bob Dier.

tn_Navan Street Art Iroko Bob Dier