Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We had our June, 2015 Chapter workshop at our usual venue at Togher on Saturday last 20th June. Despite the fact that several of our usual attendees were away on vacation we had a good attendance of about 25 members. Those that couldn't attend missed a top class workshop at which a lot was learned from two excellent demonstrators, John O'Shea and David Lee. John made a large clock from ash with a mahogany centre and the mahogany discs for "numerals". John's precision in marking out the project is, of course, well known but he ably demonstrated how important it was in that particular project. Dave's large platter was perfectly complimentary - it was as if the two had planned it that a way. The platter was also in ash but with excellent colouring, using blow-lamp and paints, expertly applied by the demonstrator. 
The competition was for a three-candle candelabra as demonstrated by Charlie Ryan at the May workshop. Because the entry was small they were all judged under the one category. Peter Manning's balancing candelabra was first; Jim Byrne was a close second and Hugh Garrett was hot on Jim's heels for third.
The fishing trip and visit to Ballycotton Lighthouse is fully booked up and fingers are crossed for fine weather.
The competition for the July workshop, to be held at Kieran Higgins' workshop in Skibbereen is a choice between a clock and a platter as demonstrated..

John O'Shea with his clock from ash and mahogany

Peter Manning's 1st prize winning balancing candelabra

Jim Byrne with his second placed candelabra with judge Paddy O'Rourke.

Paddy O'Rourke with third place winner Hugh Garrett

David Lee's coloured platter