The first chapter picnic was held at John Doran's house in Blessington.
About 25 members and family were there to see three demonstrations.
The first was Willie Edwards who showed us how to tune and use a band saw.
He showed us how to cut bowl blanks and how to make jigs for cutting different shaped wood.
After that we had a demo of a "pole lathe". A bunch of us had a go at it (including me). I found it a lot easier than I thought it would be.
I tried a roughing out gouge and a skew. With the low speed, you didn't have to worry so much about a catch.
After the pole lathe, we had chicken, burgers and sausages expertly bar-b-qued by our good friend Stephen Coffee and his friend (Sorry but I can't remember his name).
The last demo of the day was done by me (Bob Finley) and was on how to make pens. I showed how to drill odd shaped holes
in the blanks and then fill them with superglue and other material to make different effects.
All in all it was a great day and I am looking forward to the next picnic.
More pictures will be coming soon.
Important notice for competition entries!
The item for the July competition is a box with lid, not a bowl with lid.
Sorry for the error
For those of you who were at the seminar this month, you received a key ring with a 10% discount from McQuillans.
We neglected to add a "Good until" line when printing.
Please be advised, the discount is only good until September 1st, 2015.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.
The date for the picnic/bar-b-q/workshop has been set for Sunday June 21st. Starting at 2 PM
Location is John Doran's house in Blessington.
Click here for a map to his house.
This is a family day so bring your wife, kids and/or grand kids along. They can try their hand at turning something.
There is a fee of 10 Euro per adult.
John Doran did a great job of showing us how to make toys for our grand kids at our June Saturday demonstration.
Click the picture for more.
Well, except for the rain, the annual one day seminar went off without a hitch.
Our demonstrator, Liam O'Neill, Showed us how to make a bowl and a box. He was very entertaining.
The cherry wood shavings smelled like almond extract.
We had two trade stands and a visit from a gent on a penny-farthing bike.
Tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and fruit scones were served so no one got hungry.
Keep an eye on this space for a more detailed report on the seminar.
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Event Of The Year. Saturday May 2nd
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The Tallaght hospital demo and sale will be on July 27th, 28th and 29th this year.
Paul Murtagh will be looking for volunteers to man the stand and do demonstrations.
He could really use some help as it is hard for one person to stand there all day.
Contact Paul at 087 1331292 to see what you can do to help. It's for a good cause.
He will also be looking for items to be donated for sale on the stand.
Proceeds go to the Alzheimers charity
John Doran's team at work on the Russian Dolls.
From left-to-right, they are Noel White, Willie Reville, Jenny Lynch, Sean McMorrow.
A Demo at Glen Lucas' Workshop.
An opportunity to see Glen at work and tour the workshop of an Irish production woodturner.
August 29th - €30 (inc. food) - 10:00 until 16:00 - 20 places.
If you are interested contact Vincent Whelan 087 760 4918 or
I guess this is for eating Wheetabix!
Event schedule for The Carpentry Store.
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Emmet Kane will be giving guided tours of his exhibition of work in Collins Barracks.
The exhibition "A Journey with Emmet Kane" has been running for some time, but these short tours by the woodturner himself, give you the chance to hear how pieces were made and what inspired him.
There are three 30-minute tours as follows:-
- 3rd May - 3.00 pm
- 15th May - 11:30 & 12:30 pm
Admission is free; Booking essential.
More info in the tour can be found at:
Artist's Tour: A Journey with Emmet Kane
The National Museum's website for the exhibition can be found at:
Contacts for Emmet Kane are:
+353 86 8146836
Make sure he is doing it right Tony! Our demonstrator at work at twisted barley in April. Seamus Carter.
We gave him a twisted barley sweet as an award for doing a good job.
Our demonstrator for both Saturday and Wednesday in April is Seamus Carter
Presentation of the dolls.
The Russian dolls were presented to Rachel Tynan of Temple Street hospital, by Joe O'neill (Joe is working on a full article to be posted here)
Along with joe are some of the teams that made the dolls.
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New sound system thanks to Joe Fitzgerald for organizing that and new TV stands.
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The new IWG committee.
Rich Varney, Stephen Dowie, Willie Creighton (President),
Joe Laird (Chairman), Eugene Grimley (Vice-Chairman), Colm Brennan (Advertising),
Tom Larkin (Membership), Peter Lyons (Hon Secretary).
Missing is Sean Hogan (Hon Treasurer).
Here are some shots of Emmett Kane's exhibition in Collins barracks in Dublin.
The museum there is very interesting and worth a visit.
Click on Emmett's picture to see more.
The Irish Woodturners Guild AGM will take place on Sunday 22 February 2015 at 2pm.
Location Collins Barracks, Benburb Street Dublin.
BIG dolls for the Temple Street Hospital
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Paul Murtagh Wednesday Feb 2015
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Temple Street Hospital
project UPDATE Feb 10
The wood has been delivered and the teams are working on the dolls.
They should all be complete by the end of the month.
Anyone wanting a copy of the plans to make a set of the dolls of their own should contact Joe.
Joe O'Neill has been working with Temple Street Hospital to produce a
few sets of Russian dolls. He has managed to get donations of wood from The Carpentry Store, Strahan Timber,
Clara Joinery and Hobbies and
Woodworkers . All he needs now is a few more volunteers to make the dolls.
Anyone interested should contact Joe at 087 623 0162. These need to be done
over the next few weeks so please contact Joe NOW.
Trade stands at monthly
Chairman, Bob Finley, is working to have
a trade stannd at each of the monthly Saturday meetings. Next month,
February, The Carpentry Store will attend
the meeting. This is a great opportunity to get those essential items for
your turning. If you have a specific requirement why not give them a call before the meeting and
let them know what you need?
Notes from Committee's first
Our new Chairman, Bob Finley, ran his first meeting following
the Saturday Chapter meeting.
Prior to the Chapter meeting Bob passed out two papers to everyone. The first
asked for suggestions on any changes people would like to make in order to improve how the Chapter
could be run. Only 4 replies were received. Click
here to see some of the suggestions put forward. Of course, Bob would be delighted to receive
any suggestions so please keep them coming.
The second paper outlined some of Bob's own suggestions. Click here to see these.
One of Bob's suggestions was to put a picture of ALL entries to the competitions on
the website. This was implemented immediately and Bob himself has provided the images
Check out images
from January meetings
To see some images of the December meetings please Click Here.
Competition pieces for
The competition pieces for 2015 are shown
on the right of this page. Get yours ready. No excuses
See the winners of the 2014
Check out all the winning pieces in the 2014 competition and
see the winners of the 2014 trophies. Click here