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  2015 Competitions

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see winners

                  July. Sat. Demonstrator:
                           Noel Fay

                 July. Sat. Competition:
                           Box with lid

               July Wed. Demonstrator:
                         Michael Jordan

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.
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     June Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries

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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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     May Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic  Overall
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries   Overall entries

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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

     April Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries

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  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.

  Next month.
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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     March Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries

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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).

  Emmett Kane

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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     February Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries

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   Temple Street Hospital project UPDATE Feb 10

Russian doll 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.

Russian doll

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 meetingsCarpentry store logo

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 meeting

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

     January Competition entries

 Advanced  Experienced  Beginners  Artistic
  Advanced entries   Experienced entries   Beginners entries   Artistic entries

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   Check out images from January meetings

To see some images of the December meetings please Click Here.

  Competition pieces for 2015

The competition pieces for 2015 are shown on the right of this page. Get yours ready. No excuses accepted!

 See the winners of the 2014 trophies

Check out all the winning pieces in the 2014 competition and see the winners of the 2014 trophies. Click here




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January - Goblet

(Advanced with two rings)



Something turned from a piece of wood 300x80x80mm


March - Salad bowl


April- Gavel and base


May - Open competition 


June - Table lamp


July - Box with lid


August - Pen


September -





October - Clock


November - AGM - No Competition

December - Toy