Sunday, November 8, 2015

Our October workshop was in Leo O’Donoghue’s workshop in Little Island where there was a large attendance.  Our host demonstrated a square bowl in ash with his usual skill and dexterity.
Before we got down to the main work of the day we got a demo on spindle-turning and long-hole-boring from a very young turner, Peter O’Donoghue, who did a great and very professional job under the watchful eye of his mentor and granddad, Leo.
This was our first visit to Little Island since Leo’s beloved wife, Eileen, passed away and it must have been a poignant – indeed lonely – occasion for the entire family.  We used to look forward to her superb cooking – apple tarts and pavlova especially – but she must have been smiling from her place ion Heaven because her family put on a spread that she could only have been very proud of.  Thank you.

There was a good entry for the competition – a bowl of any size or kind – and Ger Hennessy’s bowl with handles won the Advanced Section.
Leo at work

Peter O'Donoghue - under the watchful eye of his mentor and Grandad.
Some of the attendance at Leo O'Donoghue's workshop

Ger Hennessy's winning entry