North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

 March 2016

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 decorated.

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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 turf. 


Cecil's final spindle turning was a 12” x 1” x 1” decorated spurtel stick – ideal for stirring your porridge.  



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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:-




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Irish Oak off-centre lid – Bob Dier.  



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Bleached Ash tea cup night light – Kevin Milton.