Monday, February 2, 2015

For our January meeting we were back at Padraig Mac An Fheallaigh’s at Dromohane, outside Mallow.  Pádraigh produced a replica of a large, altar style, candlestick, which he made using, for the most part, a skew chisel.  Some of the newer members were fascinated by the ease-of-use and dexterity Pádraigh displayed with that much-maligned implement and several members who had opted out of its use went away determined to try again.

Pádraigh's original

The replica - yet to be finished

Most turners, it seems, make pens at one time or another but to see somebody else making them can sometimes be a great opportunity to reassess our work methods and practices.  When Paddy Lynch decided to demonstrate how he goes about it there was general satisfaction among the attendance.  Paddy is, of course, one our most popular demonstrators as he talks his way through whatever project he undertakes with total, open, honesty and wonderful witticisms.  During his continuous soliloquy he told us that he doesn’t favour cyanoacrylates (super glue) but prefers to use a two-part epoxy adhesive.  Paddy does, however, use cyanoacrylate for a finish.

Paddy shows his pens

It would be impossible not to smile on seeing Paddy's smile.

There was only a small entry for the competition, which was an inside/outside candlestick as demonstrated by Charlie at the December meeting.  First place went to David Lee, Second John O’Shea and third Peter Manning.

From left: Peter Manning; John O'Shea & Hugh Garrett (one of the judges) with Dave Lee's winning candlestick

We have an excellent line-up for our Annual Seminar in the Midleton Park Hotel, Midleton, on the 18th April next with Mick Hanbury (U.K.) and Philip Mahon (Sligo) as well as local turners.  Full details are to be found in an advertisement elsewhere in this Journal.  The hotel have agreed an excellent room rate for the event."