North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild


  October 2013


Sympathy was extended to Dave Kelly and his family, on the untimely death of his daughter, Juliet – Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.


Also, our thoughts and prayers are with Pat Halligan and Eamon McKelvey as they continue their convalescence from their injuries.  


Pat Halligan was scheduled to give his first demonstration this October, however, Pat is still in hospital following a serious cycling accident.  Thanks to Gerard Corrigan, N/E Chapter, for taking on the demonstration.  Gerard showed us how he set about turning a Stir-about spoon – starting with a 12” piece of Beech, he used the bandsaw to shape the curved spoon end and also to define the handle.  It was mounted between centers to turn a spigot at the handle end and remounted in the chuck, with tailstock retaining the spoon end. 


The initial spoon was shaped using a spindle gouge, and finished using a combination of a spoke shave, wood chisel, cabinet scraper and a gooseneck scraper which covers every curved shape.  The tool-rest was used to steady the handle while hand shaping the spoon end.  Next the handle was refined in short sections using a spindle gouge, and for finishing cuts the parting tool was presented at about 25 degrees using a push cut with minimum pressure to avoid centrifugal force vibration. 


Finally, to compliment the stir-about spoon, he rounded off the evening by turning a neat honey dipper. 




Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for providing the critique on the following items:-



tn_Mahogany White Deal lamp - Vincent Gormley

Mahogany/White Deal lamp – Vincent Gormley. 



tn_Yew goblet with two captive rings - John Sheehan

Yew goblet with two captive rings, and Ash natural edge bowl – John Sheehan



tn_Sycamore raised rim beaded bowl - Cecil Barron

Sycamore bowl with beaded suspended rim – Cecil Barron



tn_Iroko Box - Bob Dier

Iroko decorated box – Bob Dier



tn_Yew deep hollow vase - Peter Donagh


Yew 12” deep hollow vase – Peter Donagh