Monday, January 22, 2018

Wanted lathe please contact John 0878158159
Photos of the winners of the January competition held at the home workshop
Ken Morey winner Beginners 

PJ OBrien  second Intermediate

Kevin Geaney winner intermediate

John Ahern third advanced

Hugh Garrett second advanced

Ger Hennessy winner advanced
of Padraig MacAnFaillghigh in Dromahane Mallow on Saturday  19th
Also included in the photos are the competition judges Brian Goulding and Leo ODonoghue
The members of the Cork Chapter would like to thank Padraig, Catherine and family for their wonderful hospitality again this year.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cork Chapter Heads Up.

Workshop 20th Jan.

Hi All,

The January Workshop will take place at the Home Workshop of Padraig MacAnFhaillghigh, Dromahane, Mallow.

From Cork, take the Mallow road as far as the Dromahane

Turn left for Dromahane; go about 200 yards and turn left again.
Take another left at the T-junction.  

Take the road up the hill to Dromahane village.  Pass the church
and the Quick Pick, and Pádraig's is the red-bricked 
elevated house  about 400 yards along on the left hand side.

Postcode: P51 DT78.

List of events for the year has been emailed..

Competition: Three sided Bowl!.


Michael Bouchier, Secretary Cork Chapter IWG

Memo from Padraig.

Padraig has generously offered to sharpen tool for members before and after the workshop and have a chat with them re the finer points of getting a keen edge.
This is a great opportunity so get there early or hang back afterwards if you are interested. 
Thanks Padraig !!!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year to all the members of the Cork Chapter from the Chapter Committee and the new admin: Ger and Stephen.
Its a new year and the calendar is full for the Cork Chapter. Everyone on-line should have a copy by now. For those not on-line there will be copies of the Calender available at the Workshops.
Our first Workshop (20th Jan) is at Padraig Mac AnFhaillghig in Dromahane overlooking the beautiful Blackwater valley. In a short few months (21st April) our Annual Seminar with Kieran Reynolds will be at a new venue The Cotton Ball - check out for beautiful shots of Kieran's work. And its never too early to put your name down for our 'Gone Fishing' with Peter Manning in Ballycotton (27th June) - a lovely social outing with a bucket of fish to boot.
Plenty more going on each month so put that Calendar somewhere where you can see it and plan ahead if you can.
Keep the wood secure, the chisels sharp and the shavings thin and most of all have fun.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chairman's Prize and Wood turner of the Year 2017.

Presented by John Ahern Chairman to Ger Hennessy.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cork Chapter AGM 2017 Saturday Dec2nd brought a good turnout at the Old School Togher for our AGM.
As a custom we invite a wood turner from outside the area to demonstrate for the morning session, leaving the afternoon for the AGM proper, followed by a social get-together. Some took the festivities to a local tavern later to top off the day.

Our demonstrator this year was Anthony Kelleher… all the way from the Kerry Chapter…He began his demo with a very concise description of what he had planned to do for us. Also he had plenty of examples at hand to give us visuals of every stage which left no one guessing at any point. The theme was all things to do with making music boxes. And it has to be said the topic was new to us and was covered in great depth. Anthony has a clear and methodical style which is essential for imparting knowledge on practical matters. He provided drawings and literature to take away so that we would have a reference later when we got home. Our thanks to Anthony for all his preparation and for making the journey so close to Christmas.

Without delay after a quick tidy up, Reports were read out and adopted. Chairman, Vice Chairman and Committee were elected followed by a lively debate on all current matters important to the Chapter. A list of the 2018 Committee, topics discussed and decisions made, will be available to all members for their own records.
Thanks again to everyone that helped on the day with the usual preparations and tidy up, e.g. ensuring a safe set-up for the visiting turner, adjudicating over the Competition, organising the dining area, camera and video, etc. This is just a brief example of the work required to run workshops every month so take a bow everyone involved. The success of our Chapter is never down to one individual but a team effort. So a big thank you from the Committee, happy Christmas and best wishes to all our members for the New Year and we will see you all refreshed at our first event January 2018.

( A selection of photographs taken at the AGM are shown )
Bowl by Charley McCarthy
Selection of pieces by Chapter Members

Some of the members watching Anthony
Anthony Kelleher


Saturday, September 16, 2017

I apologise to our Chapter members for my failure to keep you all up to date for a number of months past.  I was preparing to move house, then moving house and on top of it all I became ill and spent some time in hospital.  I am, thankfully, slowly but surely recovering.  Thank you to my many friends within the Chapter for your kind concern that was shown in so many different ways.  A special thank you to Chairman, John Ahern, for filling in some stuff on our web page and Facebook page.
Our September workshop was back in Tony Farrell’s workshop and studio.  As usual we were well fed and Tony’s now famous delicious ham was better than ever.  Alice and her team did us proud yet again.
Tony took us through the intricacies of turning a hollow form.  He showed us first some pieces he had made over the years and with his usual straightforward approach was happy to show us a few that didn’t work out quite as well as expected.
He mounted on the lathe a piece of a birch log that was still wet and which he had harvested from the bottom of his own garden.  After getting through the bark and other imperfections the white streamers fairly flew from his tools.  He was soon down to a good cylinder and it was time to remount that on his chuck.  Recommending a set of gripper jaws he was very soon hollowing from the end grain.  Like the great demonstrator that he is we were shown a variety of hollowing tools, from the Woodcut to the Simon Hope small hollowing tool.
After the break, including the judging of the monthly competition, we were back to the workshop where Tony took us through his preferred finishing process.
In the course of that discussion he introduced most of us, who hadn’t heard of it before, to Osmo PolyX-Oil.  It is now much favoured by furniture makers and is available from Pat McDonnell Pints.  There are a number of different finishes and I include a photo of a tin of one of them, as promised.  The price is, I understand, about €25.00 per tin.

For whatever reason I turned up at the demonstration without my camera and I now await copies of photos taken by Alice so that I can share them here, together with detailed results of the competition.