North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Our demonstrator at the November
workshop was Pat Walsh, Dublin Chapter, when he showed us his technique in turning a ‘Battered
Bowl’. Starting with a 10” x 3” Sycamore blank mounted on a screw chuck, the outside was shaped
using a 3/8” bowl gouge in sheer scraping mode. Create a dovetail at base to
accommodate an expansion chuck.
Using a 1.5” flat negative rake scraper (converted from a woodworking chisel),
the surface was refined and prepared for texturing. He also demonstrated how an
acceptable finish could be achieved by using a cabinet scraper independent of the tool
the way, his cabinet scraper was converted from a narrow parting tool.
Pat Walsh with his Sycamore battered bowl
The initial texturing foundation
was applied using 3 passes with a Sorby texturing tool. Next an angle grinder with
an arbortech blade was used to inflict a deep texture random design pattern. Reverse chuck, and define
the shape of the rim before hollowing out. Remember that when in
expansion mode there will be less grip as when in compression mode. After rounding the edges of
the rim, continue with the dual texturing process to a defined point inside the bowl. Scorch with blow torch, and
clean with nylon brush held in hand drill. Apply sanding sealer,
followed by an application of black acrylic paint and allow to dry for 24 hours. Finish turning the inside of
the bowl and highlight the texturing with a light finger application of silver gilding
dry, seal with acrylic lacquer spray, and finish with burnishing cream applied with a cloth, before buffing
to a deep sheen, or apply EEE for a softer gloss. Thanks Pat for an intriguing
insight into the battered bowl process.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following items:-
Yew lidded bowl
– John Conneff.
Lime bowl – John Conneff.
Birds eye Beech
decorated bowl – Cecil Barron.
Ash coloured bowl –
Ash thin walled
coloured bowl, – Eamonn McKelvey
Elm milk churn –
bowl and base – Noel Byrne
bowl and plate – Noel Byrne.
Elm 40 year calendar –
stick – John Sheehan.
Spalted Beech small
bowl – Niamh Connolly.
Mahogany Candle holder
– Imelda Connolly.