The Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild was extablished on the 21st of September 1987 .
The mission of the chapter is to develop the skill of woodturning and to make it accessible to the local community through teaching exhibitions and demonstrations.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The June workshop saw us in Fermoy in
Charley McCarthy’s new workshop.Charley
has managed to provide a great space for his hugely imaginative creations and
anybody thinking of constructing a workshop would be well advised to consult
with Charley – he has issued that invitation – at design stage.
The Max Brosi type turning
The workshop clashed with the Ireland v
Italy soccer match and as a result the attendance was a little smaller than
This was a new workshop for us and we were
not disappointed.Our host decided that
the topic would be offset or multi-axis turning.He introduced us to the topic by distributing
helpful drawings as well as copies of an excellent article on the subject from
“American Woodturner” in the Fall 2007 issue.He then showed us a “wobbly” rolling pin and then a wooden ‘plumbing
piece’ he had made in the Max Brosi style. Anybody not familiar with Max’s style could
see an article on this imaginative craftsman in “Woodturning” magazine for
Charley's off-centre barrel lamp
Charley’s main topic was a lamp made in
several axes, each one slightly different to the other, with each section made
to resemble a miniature barrel.This he
achieved with careful planning and calculating.
Anxious to make the most of his couple of
hours Charley, quite sensibly, didn’t finish out the project once he got beyond
the critical stages but very happily referred us to a similar item he had made
in preparation for the day.
Instead he went on to demonstrate some very
cleverly and attractively designed candleholders that started life as an inside/outside
turning project.For this he referred us
to a Barbara Dill YouTube video.Once he
had completed the initial inside/outside part of the project he then parted the
four pieces and finished them using the multi-axis procedure.The result was a couple of very attractive candleholders.
There was a small entry for the competition
based on the three-part jewellery box that John O’Shea demonstrated in
May.Joe Kennedy was 1st in
the Intermediate section and Brendan Griffin was 2nd.Jim O’Donovan was 1st in Advanced
with John O’Shea 2nd.
Many thanks to Charley for hosting the
event, and a special word of thanks to Vanessa for delicious food – without
forgetting Neil who demonstrated great skill at the barbeque.
The July Workshop will be held in Kieran Higgins’
Workshop, Skibbereen on Saturday 16th July at 1.30pm.