Craobh Eo Seminar
The Craobh Eo Seminar for 2014 was held on Sat 24th May in the Craobh Eo Centre in Aghamore. There was a good
turnout and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Demonstrators for the day were Andy Coates RPT, Chairman of the AWGB and Ambrose O'Halloran, IWG Galway
This was the first time Andy Coates had demonstrated in Ireland and we were privilaged to have
him. He is a gifted communicator and teacher and passed on many useful woodturning gems.
First up Andy turned a lidded jewellery box from yew. He demonstrated how to save wood by coreing out the lid
from the blank. He also showed us a low voltage light for use on the lathe that he had
got made to help with detail work. The lid for this box was not the usual pop fit
but fitted so that the base would stay put when lifted off.
His second project was a beautiful earring stand with a secret box again made from yew. The box was
hidden which adds to the intrigue. This introduces the idea that something could be hidden away and is a very nice
Follow the progress of both project in the photos below.
Ambrose O'Halloran comes from Cregboy, is a member of the Galway chapter and is very well known
The first session included an indepth discussion on tool sharpening going into the science behind
the art. Before long you become aware that Ambrose has studied the various aspects of woodturning to a greater
depth than most people. Gadgets and jigs for every task have been invented which is something that makes his demo
so interesting. This session ended with his trademark budvase demo.
The second project was a platter with some artistic work on the face. He used a map gas torch to sear the face
before applying the artistic impressions using a high end "dentist's drill" multitool. The end result was just
See the story in pictures below
a good turnout of quality items for the
competition which was judged by Andy and Ambrose.
The high standard impressed the judges and our
appreciation to all who took part.
Winner Paul Tant Craobh
Eo (Artistic Piece)
Walsh Dublin (Spalted
Third Martin Wilson Craobh
Eo (Pedestal Bowl)
Dublin (Burr Oak Bowl)
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