North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Our Secretary, Dave Carroll,
brought us through all the stages of creating a novel lantern covered in rawhide pig skin – designed to
enhance any night time summer garden. The covering for the
lantern was prepared from a rawhide chewey which was raided from the dog’s larder. This was soaked in
water overnight to enable it to be unraveled and expand, and also to become pliable. White deal was used
throughout the turning. The frame of the lantern consisted of top and bottom matching discs 70 mm in
diameter, and 6 lengths of dowelling 150 mm.
Dave Carroll with components for lantern
Draw a circle 15 mm in from the
edge of both discs and mark positions for the 6 dowels.
Fit a dept stop on the drill bit
and drill the 12 dowel holes. Mark and drill a single
spot on the top disc a further 3 mm in from the circle of dowel holes to accommodate a dowel for lifting the
night light carrier unit to the top of the lantern. The night light holder
consists of a smaller disc drilled in the centre to hold the night light, and drilled to take the dowel for
lifting the unit.
Mount top disc on face plate and
insert decorative lines in top and burn the lines using formica. Turn out a 50 mm
central section using a round bar scraper and finishing with a narrow parting tool, for provision to insert
the night light. Assemble lantern using Araldite two part epoxy glue. The rawhide skin is
stretched and fitted around the dowels and secured by stitching. As the covering dries it will shrink and
tighten against the dowels.
Members Watching Dave Carroll
Mount the base and mark position for 3 feet 20 mm in from edge. Turn the feet with dowel to fit into base. Finally, turn a 22 mm lifting knob and drill centre to
slot onto lifting dowel. Thanks Dave for
demonstrating this innovative project. Warning
– keep out of reach of children and the family dog.
Thanks to Seamus
Cassidy for his critique on the following exhibits:-
Ash steam bent bird house holder – Kevin
Ash wedding ring holder – Gerard
Ash log lamp – James Halligan.
Laburnum deep hollowed vase – John Conniff
Two Yew natural edged bowls – John
Yew trinket box – Dave Carroll.
Sibrano magnifying glass – Imelda
Yew / Cedar / Ebony Bishop’s Crosier – Bob