North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Cecil Barron, East Central
Chapter, treated us to a variety of turnings in quick succession at our March meeting. Starting with a basic brush head from a
‘companion set’ he turned a mahogany handle & housing for the brush – mounting a 2.5” x 2.5” x 12” length
in the chuck, the end was hollowed out to fit the brush head. Next, a tennis ball was fitted in the hollow and
the tailstock brought up for support while the handle was being designed and
Cecil preparing a
companion set brush
A decorated jam jar lid was the
next project – a disc was mounted in the chuck, and marked out to accommodate the original
lid. Using a D shaped scraper a recess was cut for the lid. Using hot melt glue the
lid was glued into position. The lid was reverse chucked for decoration which included burnt lines using formica,
and finished with sanding sealer and microcrystalline wax.
Next project was a bud vase
turned from a composite material which none of our members identified. Cecil, who is also an
expert Xylologist, revealed that it was in fact a section of compressed sausage
Cecil's final spindle
turning was a 12” x 1” x 1” decorated spurtel stick – ideal for stirring your porridge.
Some of Cecil's creations
Thanks Cecil for a very
imaginative and enjoyable presentation, and also for your generosity in raffling off your demonstration
pieces and various timbers and kits to six members.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following exhibits:-
Irish Oak off-centre
lid – Bob Dier.
Bleached Ash tea cup
night light – Kevin Milton.