North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

March 2015


 Peter Donaghopened the meeting by extending sympathy to the family of our past member, Gerard Russell, who died on 16th March. Gerard was from Balbriggan and supported our Chapter for many years up to 2010. He served on the committee and took charge of the Chapter library and woodturning videos. Also, sympathy was conveyed to Eamonn McKelvey, on the recent death of his father during February. A period of silence was observed in their respect.    


Gerard Corrigan was our demonstrator for the evening – turning a four piece pedestal box with a finial using three contrasting timbers, a Poplar pedestal, Pitch Pine box and Walnut finial.  


tn_Gerard Corrigan's pedestal box with finial P1030703

Gerard Corrigan's pedestal box with finial


The pedestal was shaped between centers with a spigot at the tailstock end, and finished with sand and sealer, followed by friction polish or bees wax, and buffed to a soft sheen.  A screw chuck was fitted in the chuck for mounting the Pitch Pine bottom section of the box.  The bottom of the box was shaped and a rebate cut for fitting the lid.  This rebate was also used for rechecking to finish the base and to drill a 10 mm opening to receive the pedestal spigot.  The finishing cuts on the outside of the box were undertaken using a hand supported carpenter’s scraper to achieve the perfect finish.  Using a wad of kitchen paper applied with reasonable pressure, a friction burn was applied to the rim of the rebate and also to the outer edge of the box.  The top of the box was turned by repeating the previous procedure.  The Walnut finial was turned between centers, and the four components assembled.  Thanks Gerard for a very competent demonstration. 


Tip of the day:  Apply white spirits to torn grain before using carpenter’s scraper.  (White spirits will not leave stain on timber). 


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


tn_Laburnum deep hollow form -Peter Donagh P1030689

Deep hollow Laburnum bowl -

Peter Donagh:  



tn_Laburnum deep hollow form Peter Donagh P1030688

Natural edge deep hollow bowl –

Peter Donagh:  


tn_Elm bowl - John Conneff P1030687

Elm bowl –

 John Conneff: 



tn_Jatoba music box - Kevin Milton P1030691

 Jatoba music box –

Kevin Milton: 



tn_Laburnum dowelled bowl - Cecil Barron P1030695

 Laburnum bowl -

Cecil Barron:



tn_Olivewood mimi bowl - Cecil Barron P1030693

Olivewood mini bowl –

Cecil Barron:




tn_Scorched & limed Ash - Dave Carroll P1030692

Scorched and limed Ash bowl,

and spalted Beech mini bowl –

 Dave Carroll:



tn_Experimental Iroko rings Bob Dier P1030694

Experimental Iroko rings –

 Bob Dier.