North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

October  2016 

It was a pleasure to welcome Joe Laird back to the North East Chapter for our October demonstration.  Joe is Chairman of the IWG and Chairman and founding member of his local Chapter of the IWG, Craobh Cuig Deag, and also a member of the National Crafts Council of Ireland.



tn_Joe Laird marks out his six sided bowl P1040554

Joe marks out his six sided bowl


His project was a 6 sided bowl - from a 9” x 2.5” blank of spalted ash.  This was compression mounted between the tailstock and the open chuck jaws to bring to round, and to clean up the end grain with a push cut using the long grind wing of a spindle gouge.  Marking out is the next critical process – set the compass to mark a circle half way between the centre and the outer edge.  Retain this radius setting to divide the inner circle into 6 equal sections: select every second dissection point as the 3 off-centre mounting points, ie at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock.  Again using the clock principle mark the rim at 1 & 3, 5 & 7, 9 & 11 o’clock.  Drill the 3 off-centre holes for mounting on the screw chuck – mounting at 12 o’c.  allows section between 5 & 7 to be turned, mounting at       4 o’c gives access to turning section between 9 & 11, and 8 o’c mounting accesses 1 & 3.  Remember to take light cuts with bevel rubbing, putting pressure on the tool rest; not the wood, with lathe speed at 350 rpm.  The other 3 sides could be sanded to match the 3 turned sides.   


Mount bowl on centre point to create ogee shape back and to cut foot.  Finish with a ½” bowl gouge working from centre to rim.  Reverse chuck and define outer rim, then, hollow out centre of bowl leaving a slightly undercut raised rim. 



tn_Joe Laird with his finished 6 sided bowl P1040563

Joe Laird with his finished 6 sided bowl


Joe completed the presentation with a lesson in spindle work, turning a carpenter’s mallet using only one tool – the skew chisel.  Thanks Joe for a very practical and educational delivery. 


tn_Peter Donagh tries out Joe's carpenters mallet P1040565

Peter Donagh tries out Joe's carpenters mallet



Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his critique on the following exhibits:-


tn_Acorn measuring tape - Ash & Mahogany - Kevin Milton P1040559

Mahogany & Ash acorn tape – Kevin Milton: 




tn_Olive finger bowl - Cecil Barron P1040557

Olive finger bowl & Walnut platter – Cecil Barron: 




tn_Iroko platter - Eamonn McKelveyP1040556

Iroko platter – Eamonn McKelvey.