Craobh Eo Seminar 2016 (Gateway
The Craobh Eo Seminar for 2016 was held on Sat 27th February in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford. There was a
great attendance and everyone really enjoyed the day.
Demonstrators were Clive Brooks (UK) and Gabriel Wall (South East Chapter).
The seminar was open by our chairman Sean Foody. A special surprise was a very informative talk
by Rosa Meehan from the Museum of Country Life, Turlough who got our day off to a great start. Thanks to
Rosa for giving us an insight into this national treasure on our doorstep.
Clive Brooks is well known as the Sorby demonstrator and came with a host of tips and techniques to pass on
to his audience. He first turned a mini bowl (sycamore) with spiralling and texturing on
the outside as well as some texturing the inside, explaining as he went along how to texture and
spiral with the different tools. He also brought along examples of spiralling and texturing for us to see. The
bowl was finished with danish oil and burnished with shavings to give a pleasing texure.
Next up Clive turned a three sided mini bowl (sycamore again) using offset positions on the bowl blank
rather than an offset chuck. He explained the mark up of the settings with a handout which he insisted could
be attempted by anyone. The bowl was then turned using three offset positions with great care. This was
followed by texturing as explained earlier. The end result was a lovely bowl.
Gabriel Wall's first project was an occasional ash table with a top, shelf and three legs. The blanks for
the top and shelf are prepared and rounded. Next the shelf is carefully marked for drilling and
drilled through on the drill press vertically. Three holes are then transferred to the top (bottom side) and
drilled partially through to later receive the leg spigot. A full length blank (leg & foot) is then prepared
and in turn the leg and the foot turned from this. Both are carefully fitted to the top and shelf. This was an
interesting and challenging project that will find many uses around the home.
Gabrial's other project was a wing bowl. The bowl was shaped on the outside first and a recess turned close to
the top to later receive the wing (to correct width). The inside was then hollowed. The wing was a square of
contrasting wood with a diameter larger than the turned bowl. The trick was how to get this to wrap around the
bowl. Like all those radio recipes long ago when the lady used to say "and this is the secret" there was a secret
cut made on opposite sides to the depth of the bowl recess cut earlier. The cut was then held with some "hot melt"
to support turning. The square was then mounted and centered on a blank and supported on all four sides by a
homemade wooden clamp. The inside was then removed to the width of the bowl recess. What was left was a square
blank held in the middle by the "hot melt". This was parted and then attached to the bowl. The bowl bottom could
then be finished. Nice project Gabriel.
See photos below that tell more of the story.
A big thank you to both Clive and Gabriel for a wonderful day.
As usual there was a wonderful display of
pieces and judges were impressed by quality on display. Congratulations to the winners and special thanks to all
who submitted items.
Winner Pat Walsh
Dublin (Ash Platter)
Walsh Dublin (Burr
Third Paddy Murphy South East (Finial
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