Sunday, December 6, 2015

We had our November workshop at our usual Togher venue.  Our two demonstrators were Brian Goulding and Paddy Lynch.
Brian did a pestle and mortar in Olive Ash.  It was a good project for a workshop demo because it involved both hollowing and spindle work.  It is a lovely bit of wood too and we'll be keeping an eye on Brian to see where he sourced such a nice piece.
Brian with his completed pestle and mortar

The pestle and mortar.  Prototype for the January competition.

Paddy did a square bowl which he completed with his usual ease and competence.  His comments and asides are always great fun and it is no wonder he is such a popular demonstrator.  He had some time on his hands and put a short length of 2 X 2 on the lathe and in no time he had produced a pair of door wedges, complete with a neat spherical knob on the ends of them.

Paddy Lynch, with his square bowl still on the lathe.

The monthly competition, based on the square candleholder that Leo O'Donoghue made at his home workshop demonstration the previous month, attracted a small entry.  There was no entry from Beginners and only two from Intermediate.  The latter was won by Joe Kennedy with Jim Byrne coming second.  It was hard to choose between them and the deciding factor was that Joe's was closer to Leo's original

Intermediate entries.  The winner is on the right.

The Advanced section was won by Gerard Hennessy, Peter Manning was second and Charley McCarthy was third.

Advanced: First is front, middle; Second third on the right, middle row and Third is first on the left, middle row. 

The competition for the next meeting is a pestle and mortar.  Brian Goulding's prototype is reproduced here for the guidance of those who might not have been at the November meeting.  A strong entry from all sections is requested.