Friday, March 18, 2022

 Congratulations and best wishes to Pat Moloney from Charleville who celebrated his 90th Birthday this week. Pat has been a member of the Cork Chapter for many years.  Happy Birthday Pat from all the members of the Cork Chapter we all hope that you had a great day.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

 The Cork Chapter IWG will hold a one day Seminar on Saturday 23rdh April at the Scout Hall, Tramore Road (Togher Road Junction), Cork. Eircode: T12 W658.

The Demonstrator is Seamus Cassidy. Registration: Tea/Coffee from 9am, Demonstration commencing 10am.

The cost of the Seminar is €50, which includes hot Lunch; Dessert; Tea/Coffee.

A Master Class will take place with Seamus on Sunday 24th April, numbers will be limited and priority given to Cork Members. Cost €25 including Lunch.


To register for a place please contact Michael Bouchier via email by 16th  April :

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 30th April 2022 in Togher at 12 noon. Following the AGM there will be a tea/coffee break, followed by Donal Ryan from Limerick who will perform a demo starting at 2pm and will last for about 2 hours. Donal is a very experienced professional turner who has demonstrated for us in the past. The committee is encouraging all members to attend the AGM to elect the incoming committee for 2022. We haven't had an AGM for 2 years and perhaps some members would be prepared to serve on the committee. All positions are open, to be filled by anyone interested in doing so.  

Further information nearer to the AGM.   

 Our Annual Seminar will be held on Saturday April 23rd 2022 in the Scout Hall Togher. On Saturday, there will be a Masterclass held in Tony Farrell's workshop. Our demonstrator will be Seamus Cassidy. Seamus is a well known professional woodturner who has demonstrated for us in the past. We look forward to welcoming him back to Cork again this year.

Further details to follow. 

 Our next workshop will be held in Togher next Saturday 19 March 2020 at 1-30pm.  Our demonstrator will be Kevin Geaney. The competition piece will be a wedding goblet with two captive rings as demonstrated by Peter Manning a our last workshop. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Monday, March 7, 2022

It is with regret that I announce the death of a former member of the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild, Brendan Murphy.  Brendan was a Gentleman, who used to demonstrate and host workshops at his home in Carrigogna , Midleton. We the members of the Cork Chapter would like to extend our condolences to his son Cormac, daughters Sharon and Ingrid  and to the extended Murphy family.   

The death has occurred of BRENDAN MURPHY
Carrigogna, Midleton, Cork

MURPHY Brendan (Carrigogna, Midleton and formerly of 67 Main Street). On March 6th 2022 in his 89th year, peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Grange Con Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Phyllis, loving father of Sharon, Cormac and Ingrid, grandfather of Amy, Emma and Hannah, brother in law of Eithne (Waters). Sadly missed also by his daughters in law Liz and Linda, son in law Johnny, sister Susan, sisters in law Helen and Áine, brother in law Dermot, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.


Friday, March 4, 2022

                                                                                                Seamus Healy


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

 It is with regret that I announce the death of a former member of the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild, Larry Clarke.

Larry was a Gentleman, always friendly and with a ready smile

Mick Boucher


LARRY CLARKE (Lorcan) Ladysbridge, Co. Cork and formerly of Artane, Dublin. (Ex Aer Lingus Dublin and Cork). On March 1st 2022 peacefully in the excellent care of Oaklodge Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Theresa, brother of Seamus, Frank, Roisín (Fitzgerald) and companion Rose, sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. DONATE

The CONDOLENCES link below is open, if you wish to send a message to Larry’s family, which will be welcomed.


Anyone attending the funeral is encouraged to use hand sanitiser and to consider using a face covering while indoors especially. Thank you.


Larry will repose on Friday in Hyde’s Funeral Home, Drury’s Avenue, Midleton on Friday from 3pm to 5pm for family and friends.

Requiem Mass on Saturday 5th at 1130am in St. Mary’s Church, Ladysbridge followed by a cremation service at the Island Crematorium Ringaskiddy at 2pm.


Mass will be available to view live on

Parish-of-Ballymacoda-Ladysbridge Facebook


The Cremation service will be available to view live using this link

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

             Our late friend and esteemed colleague Bill OMahoney  


Saturday, February 26, 2022

 It is with deep regret we announce the death of our friend and committee member Bill OMahoney . Bill was a gentleman and a kind and outstanding  member of the Cork Chapter IWG. For many years he set up the viewing and recording of our workshops  We the members of the Cork Chapter Irish Woodturners Guild offer our sincere condolences to Kathleen, Bills wife, and his family. May Bill Rest in Peace.    

The death has occurred of William (Bill) O'Mahony
Skehard Road, Blackrock, Cork

O’MAHONY (Skehard Road, Blackrock, Cork): On February 26th, 2022, peacefully, in the presence of his loving family and in the excellent care of the staff at the Cork University Hospital WILLIAM (Bill), dearly beloved husband of Kathleen, loving father of Liam, Diarmuid, Catherine, Barry and Philip, dear brother of Michael, Anne and the late Marie.

Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, grandchildren Seán, Olivia, Anna, Kate, Aoileann, Orlaith, Niamh, Diarmuid, James, Alice, Joseph, Kathleen, Will, Tom, Fionn and Méabh, daughters-in-law Sara, Mary, Elaine and Eileen, son-in-law Steve, extended family and a large circle of friends.


Reposing in the Temple Hill Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd: On Tuesday (March 1st) from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

Requiem Mass at 12.00noon on Wednesday (March 2nd) in St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock which can be viewed on

Funeral afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock.Please leave your personal message for Bill’s family on the condolence section below or through “May he rest in peace”

Thursday, February 24, 2022


                                                   Seamus Healy

                                                         Kevin Geaney's 2 in 1 bowl


Workshop 19th Feb 2022

Workshop 19th Feb 2022

Cork Woodturners monthly Workshop and Competition was back in business 19th Feb 2022.

Peter Manning and Ger Hennessy started the new season with demos on a Goblet with captive rings in Macrocarpa and a twist pall point pen in Olive. Peter was first up and didn't want any time, beginning with an explanation of the design and particular form which he likes. Briefly, introduced the tools to be used and the making of the captive ring making tool. This was homemade from a woodworkers spade bit and ground to a semicircle using an angle grinder. With all that out of the way, Peter proceeded with mounting a blank and turning out and finishing the inside of the Goblet. The outside profile was completed as far as one could leaving plenty of material to form the captive rings. Parting tool was employed for the tops and sides and finished before parting underneath with the homemade tool. Rings were then taped out of the way to complete the stem. After applying finish it was parted off and base power sanded.

At the break badly need banter went down well with tea and biscuits. Then the competition with everyone giving their tuppence worth in one way or another  - in a nice way.

Ger Hennessy followed up with a demo on making a ball point pen. He began by laying out the six main components plus the two tubes that make up a pen kit. Then went on to explain how any timber (with or across grain) or synthetic blank could be used.

Without further ado he went through step by step with plenty of discussion across the floor.

Steps as follows:

1. Clamp blanks and drill 7mm holes.

2. Scuff the tubes with 320gt.

3. Glue in the tubes with cyanacrelate/superglue.

4. Let to set overnight.

5. Use barrel trimmer to square ends - removing minimum brass from tubes.

6. Put blanks on mandrill.

7. Turn blanks to give a slight curve and down to the thickness of the bushings, (2000rpm)

8. Sand using 180-400gt.

9. Apply friction polish, 2-3 coats, allow to dry and buff.

10. Assemble using a 'pen assembly press', pillar drill or diy press.

Note. A light touch is required. Leave the twist mechanism until last. If alignment is lost at any stage; stop and straighten by hand. Also, if the cap doesn't fit into clip perfectly; press all three pieces together  gently.

"Well done everyone and Long may it last".

Ger Hennessy

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

 A Blast from the past


Paddy Lynch

Monday, February 21, 2022

 This is the updated list of Demos and Demonstrators 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Fees for 2022

 Hi All,

The Membership Fee for 2022 needs to be paid for before the February 19th Workshop, to ensure Insurance cover by IWG, for attendance at Workshops!

I stand corrected on the 2022 Fees!!!!!!

In the current issue of the Guild Journal the membership fees are: €60 for an individual and €63 for a family.

The account details are as follows for anyone who wants to pay online:

Account name:  Irish woodturners Guild Cork Chapter

IBAN  IE95 AIBK 9363 8308 2281 83 

If anyone pays online, could they please send a text to our Treasurer, John O’Shea on 087 4149531 to let him know they have paid!

If paying by cheque, the Fee should be sent to our Treasurer, John O’Shea, Lisgoold East, Leamlara, Co. Cork: cheques payable to the Cork Chapter Irish Woodturners Guild.


Michael Bouchier, Secretary Cork Chapter IWG


Friday, January 21, 2022

Workshop Feb 19th 2022

 Hi All,

With the lifting of Covid restrictions, we intend to proceed responsibly with Workshops, wearing masks, commencing on Saturday 19th February at 1.30pm, in the Old School Togher.

The Demonstrators on the day will be two well respected Woodturners: Peter Manning and Ger Hennessy.

I am attaching a list of Workshops and Events for the year, in doing so I have taken liberties with the names of the proposed Demonstrators, not having confirmed with everybody if they are in a position to demonstrate!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 19th February, bad news is we will resume charging the usual €5 for the Workshop/Tea/Biscuits.

I have set the date for the AGM as 3rd December, this is not set in stone and if there is a consensus, it can take place at any date the members decide.


Michael Bouchier, Secretary Cork Chapter IWG


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

                                                                                         Written by Dick Lillis

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

 John is back!!

The new public URL for our woodturning page is