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We were delighted to welcome Pat Carroll from the Gorey
& District Chapter for the October demonstration.
Pat's first turning was a beaded hollow sphere turned
from two pieces of ash. The first piece was mounted on a screw chuck and turned to a bowl shape with the
usual spigot. Operating the long winged chisel in his left hand in order to guide the shavings away from his
face, he operates at high speed taking aggressive cuts within the maximum capacity of the
The second piece was turned in a similar manner while
cutting a rebate to enable the two hollowed bowls to be jam fitted together to form a hollowed sphere. The
tailstock was brought into play while refining the shape of the turning.
Pat’s philosophy relating to tool sharpness is ‘sharpen a
little a lot’ – this facilitates a good finish from the tool and consequently saves a lot of sanding. Using a
home made beading tool Pat created the first central bead to incorporate the joint, which he expertly
Using a pencil mark on the centre of each bead to ensure
consistency of bead size, the remainder of the beads were turned. He then used a micro bevel (secondary
bevel) to reduce the wall thickness of sphere on the inside. The micro bevel avoids friction marks left by a
The two halves were now glued together by applying super
glue to one side and accelerator to the other side. The grain was matched and the tailstock brought up for
final support. Using a point tool a series of decorative rings were inserted on the base and top, and finally
a small opening turned at the top of the sphere.
Pat’s second project was a wide rimmed bowl which he
turned to give the effect of the bowl rising out through the rim. He then created a decorative series of neat
crisp beads with a narrow fluted parting tool on the rim, which was framed on both sides with the use of the
His third project
was a decorated bowl. The outside was shaped and scribed at the base and shoulder with a series of
decorative rings. After reverse chucking, the face was lightly sprayed with a black gloss and
scorched. A small cup bowl was hollowed out and framed with a series of simple groves – the result
was a stunning piece of art.
Cecil Barron supplied a selection of bowl blanks and
assorted timbers. Members were given the opportunity to make donations for various pieces – all proceeds
going to the Alzheimer’s Society. Over € 200 was collected on the day.