North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
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.
Joe marks out his six
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
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
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.
Peter Donagh tries out Joe's carpenters
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following exhibits:-
Mahogany & Ash
acorn tape – Kevin Milton:
Olive finger bowl
& Walnut platter – Cecil Barron:
Iroko platter – Eamonn