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