Monday, September 29, 2014

Liam O'Neill's demonstration at Tony Farrell's workshop in Waterfall on the 25th October at 10.30 a.m. is filling up fast. We are limited to 40. To make sure you have a place register with our Hon. Secretary, Mick Bouchier, right away.

Liam O'Neill, with a prototype of one of his projects.
Liam's exquisite box, complete.

The inside of the box.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Apologies for getting some of the competition placings wrong in the post last night. They have now been corrected.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The next workshop is at Tony Farrell's workshop in Waterfall on the 25th October at 10.30 a.m. LIam O'Neill, one of the founders of the Guild and perhaps one of the best-known turners in Ireland and with a huge following in many other countries, is the guest turner. Numbers will be limited to 40 and the cost, to include lunch (Tony is famous for his magnificent lunches), will be €20.00. Those attending should give their names to our Hon. Secretary, Michael Bouchier, as soon as possible to reserve a place.
David Lee, who, with Leo O'Donoghoe, judged the competition points out the finer points of the lamp.

David handles Ger Hennessy's prize ball while Chairman, John Ahern, keeps an eye on proceedings.

From left: Paddy O'Rourke, John Ahern, Micheál Howard, John O'Shea, Ger Hennessy, Jim Byrne and Bill O'Mahony.

Paddy Lynch's 'Chapman Twist' before final glueing.

Paddy Lynch at the lathe.

The Chapter held its September workshop at the usual venue in Togher on Saturday the 20th.  The competition was for a sphere and even though the entry was small the quality was excellent.
The "Beginners" section was won by Micheál Howard.
"Intermediate" was won by Jim Byrne with Bill O'Mahony second .
"Advanced" was won by Ger Hennessy, second was John Ahern and John O'Shea & Paddy O'Rourke were joint third. 
The first demonstrator was Paddy O'Rourke who did an intriguing box with a 'twist and spur' lockable lid.  Many experienced turners hadn't seen it before and were fascinated.
The irrepressible and highly entertaining Paddy Lynch then took over and produced his now well-known "Chapman Twist" lamp.  Paddy is well known as a straight talker but with a great sense of humour.  His way of describing things, as well as his humorous 'asides' , had the members rocking in their seats with laughter.  Yet, he produced the goods and several members left the workshop with a full set of "the makings" which Paddy had wisely prepared in the off chance that there may have been buyers for them.

Some of the attendance at the September Workshop

Paddy O'Rourke, working on the lid of his box.

The unusual (for a woodturner box at any rate) locking system.

Friday, September 12, 2014

For those who contacted Michael Pattwell with offers to contribute turned items for raffles at the coffee mornings for Marymount next Thursday just let him know if it suits you for him to call and he will collect either over the weekend or early next week. For those who haven't offered yet there is still time so spin that piece of wood and call Michael. Just call Michael on 086 2801234. Thank you all.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Aldi are advertising a lathe from next Sunday, 7th September.  If anybody is looking for a second lathe to do light work one could hardly go too wrong for €129.99.
It is not possible to recommend it as it hasn't been tested but just to inform Chapter members - or other subscribers to this page - that it is on offer.  Check it out on their website.