Friday, August 29, 2014

If any member (or even a non-member) intends to donate a piece for the Marymount coffee morning on the 18th September it would be a great help if you would kindly get in touch with Michael Pattwell as soon as you can to indicate that you are participating. It would greatly facilitate the organisers. Thanks you. To date there are 5 who have volunteered.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Practically everybody is aware that one of the major fundraising events for Marymount Hospice in Cork is their annual coffee morning - known now as "Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning". This year it is to be held on Thursday, 18th September from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon in private homes and halls all over Ireland. There is likely to be a venue in every parish/district. 
We, the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild, have decided that we would like to help out this very worthy cause. Accordingly we are asking members, purely on a voluntary basis, to make an item to be donated to the coffee morning in your area to be included in the raffle which is traditionally held at each venue.
If you contact Michael Pattwell he will be able to direct you to the nearest venue or if it is easier the items can be delivered to Michael who will ensure they get to the appropriate venue.
The item can be of any shape or size and likely commercial value is not a concern.
There are very few families who haven't been effected by the scourge of cancer and for many of them a lot of relief and solace was found within the hospice movement and especially in the Cork and surrounding areas in Marymount.
Thank you in advance to those who participate and for those who cannot there will be other opportunities in the future.
The page from The Evening Echo, 22nd August, 2014 featuring WOODSPUN, the annual exhibition of the Cork Chapter of the I.W.G.  It will continue at the James O'Neill Building in Kinsale (Across the road fro St. Multose Church, at the entrance to the car park there.) until Tuesday next, 26th August and continuing in reduced form for a few more weeks after that.
Page 27, The Evening E ho, 22nd August, 2014.
Our exhibition, WOODSPUN, continues at the James O'Neill Building (Across the road from St. Multose Church) in Kinsale until next Tuesday, at least. It is hoped now that some items will be retained for longer to be displayed with the next exhibition opening next week as part of Cork Craft Month.
Here are a few more of the items on display.
Tony Farrell's lovely hollow forms.

Mars O'Reilly's colourful and exciting hollow forms.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A few more items from WOODSPUN.

Tony Farrell's monkey puzzle bowl.

The inside of Tony's monkey puzzle bowl.

a yew plate

Leo O'Donoghue's walnut see-through clock.
Lighthouses, by Brian Goulding & Michael Pattwell.

Keep an eye on the Evening Echo on Friday next, 22nd August, for a report and photographs from WOODSPUN, our exhibition in Kinsale.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What true woodturners really want to see,  some of the exhibits. I can't recall who the makers of some of these items are but I will check it out and edit the credit in in due course. 
John O'Shea's magnificent hollow form, blackened elm on an elm base.

Yew lamp with hand-painted shade by Olive Murphy Designs.

Leo O'Donoghue's mahogany table lamp, again with an Olive Murphy hand-painted shade.

Kieran Higgins' bog oak hollow form.  Just imagine trying to keep that together on a lathe as it spins at several hundred rpm.  

Leo O'Donoghue's standard lamp (with another Olive Murphy shade) with a selection of smaller items on a display cabinet made by Fearghal O'Leary.

John O'Shea's turning/carving in contrasting woods.

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Brian Goulding, thinking outside the box, made these really wonderful floor lamps.

Brian McAdoo's twisted candle-holder.

Kieran Higgins' burr-elm bowl.  Has to be seen in the wood, as it were, to be fully appreciated.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


We had a really nice opening of WOODSPUN, our annual exhibition, today. The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, performed the opening. Both the bishop and our chairman, John Ahern, remembered George Colton who was a very respected member of our chapter for many years up to his death a few years ago. George was, of course, the bishop's father and accordingly it was particularly apt that His Lordship would grace us with his presence and do the honours.
There is a very high standard of work this year and the exhibition is well worth a visit.
The exhibition is open each day from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. right through to Tuesday 26th August, inclusive. The venue is The James O'Neill Building (previously know as The Old Mill) and is very easy to find. It is right behind Kinsale Garda Station and Crackpots Restaurant and directly across the road from St. Multose Church. It is at the entrance to the car park there.
Help is still needed to man the exhibition each day and any member who can help out is asked to contact Tony Farrell.
There is very much thanks due to both Tony Farrell and Kieran Higgins for putting the whole thing together. Tony's associate turner, Mars O'Reilly, has been of huge help and we can never thank her enough.

Some of the beautiful workmanship on display

Some more of the items on display

John Ahern, Chapter Chairman (on left) & Brian McAdoo meet and greet Mrs. Susan Colton and Bishop Colton.

Bishop Colton and John Ahern, with John O'Shea's black hollow form between them.

Mrs, Teresa Ahern, who presented a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Colton, Mrs. Colton, Bishop Colton and John Ahern.

From left:  Tony Farrell, one of the main organisers, his associate, Mars O'Reilly, Mrs. Colton, Bishop Colton and John Ahern.  Kieran Higgins, the other main organiser, was too shy to go into the photograph so the photographer did the next best thing by including Kieran's magnificent hollow form in the foreground.

GOTTCHA! Kieran (right) with Tony Farrell.
Charlie McCarthy welcomes Anne Dunne from Kerry.

Michael Bouchier (left) Chapter Hon. Secretary with his son, Tommy, and Tommy's wife, Lisa..
Chapter member, Jim O'Donovan, kindly sent me the following photos from his camera.
Visit the exhibition and take your time; we have plenty of it.

Paddy Lynch, chatting with Mick Bouchier, seems suspicious of the camera.

John O'Shea chats with the Kerry Chapter Hon. Secretary, Lesley Clarke.

Paddy Lynch (left) chats with Teresa Ahern and Mr. & Mrs. Leo O'Donoghue find it very interesting.