North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

November 2016 

Demonstrations took a back seat for our November meeting. Instead, members arrived armed with various chisels and timbers for a hands-on workshop. Advice was freely exchanged on the recommended methods for using various chisels, and various grind angles.   


Seamus Cassidy had four lathes ready to be manned, and the adventurous were creating shavings in jig time. 


Gerard Corrigan created a goblet from a section of Willow branch wood:


Eamonn McKelvey turned a Beech pen and assembled it with a series of home made jigs: 


Cecil Barron crafted a mini bowl from half a recycled croquet ball using a Simon Hope pro shear scraper. The timber involved was Lignum Vitae, the “wood of life”; the hardest and heaviest of woods in the world, and is most commonly used for bearings and wear surfaces. Because of its durability and natural lubricants it is the preferred material for propeller bushings and other underwater fresh and salt water applications.


While on the remaining lathe, Bob Dier attempted a femesphere with calamitous results.


Throughout the evening Seamus Cassidy, Peter Donagh and Noel Byrne were on hand to offer welcome guidance and advice when needed. 


Thanks to Seamus for his critique on the following exhibits: 


tn_Beech & Mahogany kitchen roll holder - Gerard Corrigan P1040648

Beech / Mahogany paper towel holder – Gerard Corrigan


tn_Macrocarpa bowl - Cecil Barron P1040650 


Macrocarpa bowl – Cecil Barron



tn_Bog Oak mini bowl - Cecil Barron P1040649


Bog Oak mini bowl – Cecil Barron



tn_Pen assembly jig - Eamonn McKelvey P1040654


Pen blank drilling jig with cam lock – Eamonn McKelvey



tn_Cam lock pen blank drilling jig - Eamonn McKelvey P1040653


Pen assembly jig – Eamonn McKelvey




tn_Yew trinket box - Kevin Milton P1040646

Yew trinket box – Kevin Milton




tn_Ebonised Ask candle holders - Noel ByrneP1040651

Ash candlesticks & Beech – Noel Byrne. 



tn_Spalted Beech & Walnut bowl - Noel Byrne P1040645


Walnut bowl – Noel Byrne.