North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Traditionally July is earmarked
for our BBQ with a full day’s turning, and we were privileged to have had Robert O’Connor and Seamus Cassidy
as demonstrators for the day, together with Des Harborne from The Hut with a great selection and display of
Thanks to Seamus for providing
facilities, not only for turning, but also providing his timber shed for the BBQ and seating
Seamus Cassidy & Peter Donagh preparing
Robert started with 5 pieces of
Yew, and set out to turn a standard lamp with the following timbers, and working from a prepared plan drawn
on the back of a circus poster:-
pieces: .25” sq. x 1” for each foot
13” x 3”
4” sq. x 21”
3” sq. x 19.5”
2.25” sq. x 9.25”
The base was
mounted on a homemade extended face plate to facilitate additional screws. The bottom of the base was
dished after marking the position of the 3 feet, and a recess cut for rechecking. Using the spindle gouge drill
the central hole for the cable.
Reverse chuck, and with a 1.75” drill create a recess 1.5” deep to support the
bottom section. Turn the base to an ogee shape and sheer scrape finish using scraper at 45
degrees. Finish with a cellulose sanding sealer. Next, mount the 2.25” blank
for the feet between centres, bring to round and mount in chuck to turn the 3 feet before parting off each
O'Connor at work on the base
Robert O'Connor & Michael
Mount 4” sq.
section between centres, cut spigot at tailstock end to fit into base. Shape the bottom section,
finishing with a half bead at drive end.
Bore recess in top for holding the centre section using the 4 prong drive
centre. Repeat the process for the centre and top sections. In each case cut a slight
recess to accommodate any excess glue at the upper end of the spigot. Assemble components and apply
two coats of Trade Lacquer.
After applying spray lacquer
to standard lamp
Robert's second project was a classic kiln dried 14” Maple bowl. The technique used when cutting
the inside of the bowl was to present the bowl gouge at 3 o’clock and cutting at 2
Robert O'Connor's Maple
Hardwax Oil – first coat in the morning, and denibbing before the final coat in the
evening. Thanks Robert for two captivating projects.
Michael Clarke on Button Accordian
Seamus gave his
constructive critique on the following exhibits:-
Laburnum goblet with captive rings – Cecil
Yew deep hollowed vase – John Conneff:
Oak stained and limed bowl – Dave
1971 Mahogany wine table made on homemade lathe, with
original skew & roughing gouge – Eamonn McKelvey:
Pair of ornamental tea stands, Poplar/Beech/Mahogany – Gerard
Burr Elm pen – Bob Dier:
Ash/Mahogany box – Eamonn
Seamus continued by giving us an insight into the planning and
preparation, and demonstrating the techniques and jigs involved in turning his unique winning entry “Orbital” in
last year’s RDS National Craft competition.
Joe Laird, Chairman of the IWG Executive Committee, described the competition as
“a showcase for the best of the best in Irish craft” – thank you Seamus for sharing your inventiveness in this
work of art.