Chapter Newsletter #1

Hello all, welcome to our first newsletter, a chance to show how great we all are at this woodturning lark and any other skills we have acquired over the years.

This contribution to our newsletter was from Cecil Barron and Cecil sent these photos of the set of shot glasses he entered in a Dublin Chapter, on line competition.

The ruler put in the picture is to show the scale of the set of glasses and stand, I would judge the glasses to be about 70mm high. The timber used for the stand and spindle is mahogany and has a French polish finish. The glasses are turned from a variety of timbers, maple, holly and sycamore and as can be seen the lower parts are nicely textured, as is the base of the stand.

Another feature is the studs around the base and sockets in the bottom of the glasses to hold them in place, these are finished with liquid paraffin which is food safe and can be used. Makes them a winner in my book Cecil. Maybe you’ll bring them to our next meeting whenever that may be, I’ll bring the Tequila salt and limes.

This next piece was sent in by Shay Clarke and covers wax finishes for wood turners. He also included this tip gardeners , cooks or both.  If you have an excess of herbs and want to preserve them try this.

Chop the herbs finely then take an ice cube tray and pack them in, pop in the freezer and any time you need them take a cube out.

The last pieces are from Kevin McLaughlin. He writes:

The two finish turned pieces here are from a sycamore which was dead standing, being felled at the apartment block opposite the Tolka House, and I snaffled some of the wood (I think the tree surgeon’s face fell when he saw me
striding over, I suspect he thought I was going to complain to him about
taking down a nice tree). I made a crotch piece into a winged vase;
unfortunately it had been cut too tight to make the wings a little
longer or more interesting. Also pictured is a platter with a bit of
natural edge to it, from the same tree.

The other wood is from a diseased cherry from a neighbour’s garden which
Francis took down; it had already dropped a couple of branches and was
overhanging a public footpath so was a risk. Just might be interesting
from a ‘when drying blanks goes wrong’ viewpoint.

I knew from the previous branches when seeing how they’d dry, that the
wood is unstable, but chanced a few rough blanks. As you can see, the
wood is pretty even in its rough form, but there’s a photo there of a
piece i rough turned into a very shallow bowl, more of a plate really,
but the wood shifted so much that one of the wings is actually lower
than the base now.”



That’s all for now, thank you Cecil, Shay and Kevin for your contribution.

Now you guys know what is required to keep this going I want to see my mailbox full of suggestions and comments for next time. Until then keep safe amd well.