North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Michael Fay, Dublin Chapter, was
our guest demonstrator at Seamus Cassidy’s Woodturning Studio, where he showed us how he makes a toothpick
holder with a gravity self closing energy. Combining the Newtonian laws
of gravity with his precision measurements and woodturning finesse - the self closing procedure surpassed any
automatic activated closing device with a captivating smoothness.
Toothpick holder - Michael
Thanks to Peter Davis, Craobh
Cuig Deag, for recording the sequenced and detailed turning procedure in the last edition of the Journal, so
this is a good opportunity to share some of the valuable tips which were shared on the
As Danish Oil is used from the tin it is replaced with air, which in turn
activates the process of solidification. To avoid this chemical process, top up the oil
tin with ball bearings as the oil is used.
When transferring a diameter measurement from calipers to the rotating
work piece on the lathe - mark diameter on left hand side slightly below centre using one point
only with wood spinning down from the point.
A disused kitchen knife is ideal for conversion to a mini parting off
To avoid dust while sanding apply lemon oil to sand paper.
Sharpen spindle gouge with diamond file on inside of bevel.
Keep tool as close as possible over centre of tool post to minimize
Measure once, curse twice.
Thanks Michael for a great
Congratulations to Seamus Cassidy on winning
1st prize in the
Professional Woodturners Category at the IWG National Seminar in Rosses Point, and also thanks for providing
the critique on a variety of turnings which were prepared for Cecil Barron’s sale to raise funds for
the Alzheimers Society.
Cherry carved and decorated bowls – Peter
Bleached burr Ash bowl – Cecil
Burr Elm vase – Cecil
Pitch Pine night light holder – Gerard
Mahogany bowl, Iroko vase, Mahogany trivet, and a
pair of fly agaric mushrooms – Bob Dier.
Ash bowl – Eamon McKelvey.
Yew mini goblet – Eamon