Monday, May 18, 2015

Our May workshop saw a return of our friend and colleague from Dublin, Charlie Ryan.  Charlie had been with us for our A.G.M. in December and such was the impression he made that we had him back again, by popular demand, just 6 months later.  He is now a firm favourite with our Chapter and no doubt he will visit us again in the not too distant future.

Charlie demonstrated to us how he goes about making a balancing candelabrum.   This is a great exercise in both spindle turning (there are several spindles required to complete the project) as well as precision work.  Several holes have to be drilled and in turn many of them require precise wooden pins or pegs.  The holes have to be very accurately placed and the various parts have to be of the same size and weight if the finished item is to achieve balance.

The 30 + members who attended were well entertained by Charlie’s free-flowing commentary and amusing anecdotes as well as excellent and entertaining exchanges with the members.  Thank you, Charlie, for a wonderful demonstration.

Charlie Ryan with "the makings".

The finished candelabrum.

There were few enough entries for the monthly competition, which was for a “Pomander” as demonstrated by Jerry Twomey at the March workshop.  In “Beginners” Rita Murphy came out on top whilst in “Advanced” Peter Manning got first prize. 

Competition entries

Rita Murphy congratulated by Jerry Twomey who, with Christy Fitzpatrick, judged the competition.

Jerry congratulated Peter Manning, winner in "Advanced".
Mick Bouchier, our Hon. Secretary, has sourced a great bargain in smocks.  They can be purchased for €10.00 (Even less if there is a bigger order.) and any body interested can contact Mick.  He will have the Chapter crest to go with them in a short few weeks also.

Peter Manning has organised a very exciting Outing for Wednesday 24th June.

The day will be divided in two, Fishing and a Trip to Ballycotton Island/Lighthouse as follows.
Group 1 . Angling with Peter : 9am – 12.30pm followed by Soup/Sandwiches.
   The Island Tour for that group will be from 2pm – 4pm.
Group 2 . Island Tour will be from 10am – 12noon.  This will be followed by soup and Sandwiches.
 Angling with Peter will follow from 2pm – 4.30pm.
Cost for both trips including Soup/Sandwiches is €50 per person, a total of 20 people can be accommodated, all weather dependent. Two boats will be used, maximum of 10 people at a time on the boat to the Island.

All interested should contact Brian Goulding: .