Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Woodturners an fishermen

Ballycotton Fishing Trip June 28th 2017

Today Skipper Peter Manning once again hosted the annual Cork Chapter fishing trip in Ballycotton Bay, Peter is also a member of the Chapter.Our boat headed out for the open sea at 9am sharp. A second trip organised for the afternoon was not filled this year.

A beautiful day good companionship and excellent fishing made it a day to rember. Fishing was slow to begin with but as we headed out to open sea we all started to catch an abundance of fish. The catch mainly consisted of mackerel pollack wrasse pouting and geunarll. Peter strictly ensured that all the smalls were returned to the sea in good condition. He had  as always had a plentiful supply of tea and coffee.

After a great days fishing a lovely lunch was enjoyed overlooking Ballycotton pier and island. A great day was had by all. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 2017 Workshop

The July workshop was home-based in Kieran Higgin's in Skibbereen. As always, Kieran was well-prepared for the fine audience that attended. Unusually for Kieran, he turned a platter in yew compared to his usual medium of Bog Oak. He used a piece of yew that was originally destined for the fire heap. Kieran then proceed to turn a natural-edged platter. As he proceeded, he explained in great detail his method, the tools he used, and why he used those tools. 

After the break, for tea, coffee and fine food, Brendan Griffin and Tony Farrell announced the winners of the competition. I would like to thank Tony and Brendan for volunteering for judging same. 

When we resumed, Kieran finished his project, which as always was excellent. The event finished with a general discussion on wood turning.It was indeed a most enjoyable day.

John B. Ahern.  

Setting Up the Blank
Finished Natural Edged Platter
Kieran at work
Brendan Griffin, Gerry Twomey and Tony Farrell
Brendan, Hugh Garrett and Tony
Brendan, John O Shea and Tony

Best Wishes to Michael Pattwell

All members of the Cork Chapter IWG wish Michael a speedy recovery and are looking forward to seeing him up and about soon.

Monday, April 3, 2017

When the Chapter Committee Members attend such events as the I.W.G. National Seminar they do so for their own pleasure and education of course but always have in mind that a demonstrator for upcoming events might be found.  That is how we sourced the demonstrators for the past few years and that is where we met Richard Kennedy.  Richard was our demonstrator for the Annual Chapter Seminar and the Master class held in Togher and at Tony Farrell’s workshop over the last weekend, 1st and 2nd April, 2017.

This was no April Fools Day because the 35 people who attended the seminar were treated to a wonderful display of craftsmanship from a consummate woodturner but who is really a top-class artist.  Over the day he took us through three separate items.

The first was a hollow form with a very small opening that he completed using the Simon Hope hollowing-jig.  Richard used a number of different hollowing tools on the jig and showed us clearly the versatility of this great piece of equipment.  It transpires that one or two members are already using the equipment and if anybody is interested in exploring it further contact John Ahern, our Chairman, who has been using it for the last couple of years.  Kieran Higgins has his own version of the equipment that is bigger and stronger and to which he has added various “extras”.

For his next piece Richard hollowed out a small bowl again but on this one he drew in straight lines making different shaped ‘boxes’ on the outside.  Then he textured some of the ‘boxes’ and applied gold leaf to others before finishing the whole lot off with spray-on sanding sealer and spray-on lacquer. 

For the last half-hour of the day Richard mounted a length of ash on the lathe and produced a most-pleasing-shaped candlestick.

Some of the attendance at the Seminar
Richard with his three projects
Richard's finished pieces
There was an open competition, judged by Richard Kennedy.  1st, with a bowl, John O'Shea, 2nd with an ornamental box on a pedestal, David Lee and 3rd with a matching pair of candlesticks, Peter Manning.

We are very grateful to the 37th Cork (Togher) Scout Group for use of the hall.

Richard Kennedy explains why he chose John O'Shea's bowl for 1st place
Competition winners, From left, Peter Manning (3rd), John O'Shea (1st) and David Lee (2nd)
The 3 winning exhibits.  From left: 1st, John O'Shea, 2nd David Lee and 3rdPeter Manning
On the following day at Tony Farrell’s the sheer artistry of Richard Kennedy was even more obvious as he took the 15 members who attended the Master class through the intricacies of turning a small thin-walled bowl, drawing the pattern of a tree on it and then proceeding to cut away much of one side of the bowl.   For this he used a Dremel with a couple of different cutters.  This left the tree on one side of the bowl, which was then textured and outlined.  For outlining it he used a pyrography machine, so that the tree stood out in a sort of silhouette and for texturing most people used the Dremel again and a variety of different burr tips. 

There were dusty Dremels resurrected from workshops where they had hitherto done very little work but that from now on may prove to be very useful indeed. 

At the end of the workshop every participant took home what can only be considered a work of art.  One unfortunate left his “masterpiece” loose on the back seat of his car where something heavy fell on it and broke it irretrievably into several pieces.

Special mention has to be made of Tony Farrell who proved once again to be the perfect host.  Thanks too to Alice and her team for the catering.  The beautiful lunch served – as we have come to expect there – was probably worth at least as much, if it had been served in a restaurant, as the whole day cost.

We were Richard Kennedy’s first Master class but I know it won’t be his last.  He is a really good instructor, his skills and his imagination are second to none and those of us who interacted with him over the couple of days are very proud to regard him as a friend.  Thank you Richard.

There is much to be seen in the Internet about Richard and the following links will get you there. or Richard Kennedy WoodArt.

Twitter - @bolethegallery

For those holidaying in Scotland – or even the North of England – a visit to beautiful Knapdale in Argyll is strongly recommended.

Busy at the Master Class

The attendees at the Master Class.

Monday, March 6, 2017

We in the Cork Chapter are hugely proud of our member, Gerard Hennessy, who has had one of his pieces, Deliverance, selected by the jury for inclusion in the 2017 American Association of Woodturners AAW member exhibition, Waves of Grain. 

The  jurors were Michael Wilkerson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Kansas City Art Institute's sculpture program; professional artist and turner Hayley Smith and collector and turner Mark Wollschlager.  Using a blind jurying process, they selected 18 out of the 60 pieces submitted, evaluating them in four key areas:  aesthetic appeal, originality, interpretation of the theme, and craftsmanship.

The exhibition will premiere at the 2017 AAW International Woodturning Symposium, June 22-25, then travel to the AAW Gallery of Wood Art for display September 10-December 31.

Friday, January 6, 2017

There was much interest in my offer to give away old woodturning magazines. Thank you. One member was quick off the mark and I shall give them to him. He will bring any he doesn't want to the next workshop at Pádraigh Mac an Fheallaigh's for anybody else who wants some.
I have taken down the original post.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Cork Chapter of the I.W.G. held its AGM on Saturday, 3rd December 2016.

Donal Ryan with the finished item
To start the proceedings we had Donal Ryan from the Limerick Chapter doing a demonstration.  Donal chose to do a shallow, lidded, bowl, in ash, with an ebonised finial.  Donal is a very accomplished turner and has won many competitions around the country and has featured among the winners in the National competitions.  His finished product seen here is sufficient testimony to his skill and competence.  Thank you Donal for a wonderful demonstration that kept the members in wrapt attention for the two and a half hours.
Only the finial left to do

After the demonstration we held our usual Christmas ‘party’.  The temptations provided by the wives/girlfriends – maybe husbands/boyfriends too – proved too strong for many of us with a sweet tooth, leaving us with no option but to climb a few trees in the following days to try to get back in shape.

Peter Manning's beautifully turned Crib.
We had a great array of turned items on display.  This was not a competition and each member was asked to bring in three items.  We had a great display that included bowls, lamps, candlesticks and even a 12 piece crib that was wholly turned on the lathe without carving of any kind, yet each ‘character’, including winged angels, were easily identifiable.
Some of the members' completed work on display.
Some more of the members' completed work on display
We had a full agenda that included all the usual items that are included in every A.G.M. and we quickly got through the usual minutes and reports. 

There was no change at the top table and John Ahern continues as Chairman with Mick Bouchier as Hon. Secretary and John O’Shea as Hon. Treasurer.  Michael Pattwell is again the Vice-Chairman and P.R.O.

Gerard Hennessy opted to give more of his time to Health & Safety issues (Helped by Jerry Twomey) and he handed over the job of Competition Secretary to David Lee.  The competitions sub-committee was enlarged to include Brendan Griffin, Séamus Healy and Michael Pattwell.

Joe Kennedy continues as Librarian.

Kieran Higgins opted out of the committee as he lives away down in West Cork and it is difficult to attend meetings and his place was taken by Stephen Pearson.

The meeting approved a new set of rules for the monthly competitions.  In fact they aren’t much different from the old ones but needed to be reviewed.  Anybody who wants a copy can get one from the Hon. Secretary or the P.R.O.  It was also agreed that a small token prize would be awarded to each category winner.

The Chapter accepted a proposal from the floor that a motion should be submitted for the A.G.M. of the Irish Woodturners Guild providing that each Chapter should be entitled to nominate a representative of that Chapter to be a full committee member of the I.W.G. with full voting rights on all issues.

We have arranged for our Annual Seminar and Master-class to be held at Togher Scout Hall and Tony Farrell’s workshop on the 1st & 2nd April next and we look forward to seeing Scottish turner, Richard Kennedy, do his stuff.  A brochure and booking form should be available shortly for those interested in attending.

A list of the workshops scheduled for 2017 is now available from the Hon. Secretary.

Based on points awarded from competitions during the year Joe Kennedy was the clear winner and he was presented with the Chairman’s “Woodturner of the Year” award for 2016.  Well done Joe.
Joe Kennedy, "Woodturner of the Year, 2016" receives his award from Chairman, John Ahern.