North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Pat Carroll travelled from Gorey
to present our April demonstration to a full house at Seamus Cassidy’s studio in
Newgrange. A large blank of Lime 12” x 6” was mounted on a face plate with five screws in
preparation to turn a textured and coloured bowl. Safety precautions were outlined in detail before starting to turn, incorporating
secure mounting principles, fire precautions, wearing of safety glasses, dust mask and lathe speed /
torque. Using a long (19mm) ground back bowl gouge which produced a continuous stream of
shavings as the outside was given a primary shape and the centre-point marked on the base.
Reverse chuck, checking that
chuck fits on base spigot before removing faceplate. True up face and mark
12 lines meeting at the centre. Adjust the tool rest to allow
the arbortech guard to run along it as the arbortech cuts along each line cutting from the outside rim to the
centre. Mark a black circle on the arbortech blade to act as a depth gage guide. Apply decoration
between each cut with a light touch of the arbortech, and clean with a wire brush. Spray on several coats
to black acrylic paint, drying between each coat using a blow torch. Turn a central 5” bowl
with a recess at its top which will later facilitate reverse chucking in expansion mode. When sanding through
the grades alternate the lathe direction between grits.
Pat Carroll – At
Reverse chuck to shape the base
and to create a 20mm bead between the rim and the bowl. Next reduce the width
of the rim to meet and expose the arbortech cuts each side of the bead. Continue to turn the
outside of the bowl to mirror the inside shape and finishing with a rounded base. Finish with a random light
application of Gold Finger gilt cream – resulting in a classic piece of woodturning art.
Pat’s second project was a 12”
Beech bowl featuring a black bead under the rim, and a broad face rim incorporating a 6mm flat bead at the
outside followed by a 37mm flat section which was 6mm deep, followed by a 12mm flat bead. The rim was sprayed
with black acrylic paint, and when dry, a series of fine groves inserted in the centre of the flat
area. The central bowl was turned using a 3/8 bowl chisel with emphasis on its presentation
and position during the cut – starting with a closed flute and finishing in the centre with an open
Thanks Pat for two very enjoyable
projects incorporating a range of techniques and a host of tips and advice throughout the presentation.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for
providing the critique on the following items:-
Burr Elm night light
bowl & Mountain Ash platter – Cecil Barron.
carver’s mallet – Patrick McKevett.
Burr Elm box – Richard
Pair of Beech
candlesticks – Gene McConnell.
Spalted Cherry bowl
& Ash lidded urn – Eamon McKelvey.
Ash square bowl –
Ash popery box – Bob
form with finial – John Conneff.
Ash lidded urn – Eamon
Mountain Ash Platter –