The December meeting of the 2016/2017 year was held on Thurs. 8th December in the Craobh Eo Centre (Old
Schoolhouse) in Aghamore.
Martin Wilson was our demonstrator
and started by giving an introduction on the yew tree and showing examples of candlesticks he has
made. Martin's demo was a set of candlesticks.
First a hole was bored for the candleholder and
then it was mounted between centres using steb centres and the piece was turned to a cylinder of 100 mm diameter
using the roughing gouge.
Using a template with all the dimensions set on
it Martin marked off the dimensions. Four calipers were set up with the main diameters and the stock was
reduced to the required diameter at the marked points and the waste was removed
Working from the bottom of the candlestick the
long side was sloped. Martin used a steel rule to ensure this long
slope was flat as required working to the diameter already set. Next Martin set about forming a bead again using
the spindle gouge to the preset dimensions starting in the centre and rolling the gouge until the bead was
When the bead was complete Martin moved to
forming the head of the candlestick. Again the dimensions were already set out and depths marked. This could be
described as an elongated bead/oval ball where Martin meticulously rolled the gouge to get the
The candlestick was finished with a very light
sanding and the base was trimmed.
The second candlestick was then turned to match the first one.
This was a very simple design for a candlestick
with the impression of an angel which was very much in line for the time of year. Further to this it was the
fore thought of having four calipers to the required dimensions and template with distances set out which would
help any individual setting up work of a similar nature.
Martin also covered presentation when offering pieces for sale and showed how to group
items together in a presentation box.
Well done Martin for a well thought out
December's competition was a tea light holder. There was an excellent display of all shaped and
sizes. A good standard and a great turnout. Well done to
Third Eamonn Brennan/Martin
January's competition will be a baby's rattle.
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