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Chapter Demonstration - May 2015

May: three demo's for the price of one.


There were as much as three demo's planned for the evening; Robert O'Connor, Pat Carroll and Nicky Foley each took a third of the whole group. With such a small audience the demo's are easy to follow closely so no detail was missed.

Robert decorated a perfectly shaped bowl with the texturing tool on the outside. On the inside he made beads in one fluent move with the spindle gouge in a pulling and pushing method which is effective and seems easy to do until you try it yourself! The torch was used to blacken the beads after which they got a treatment with a nylon brush in the drill to remove the ashes a show the grain in detail. The Verdi-gris wax was used to emphasize the grain and some highlights added with goldfinger paint, altogether a beautiful result.

Pat Carroll showed a beaded vase made in three parts on the midi Jet lathe which must have felt a bit like driving a Mini for him. When the pressure on the lathe got too much members of the audience assisted in keeping the bench in place. The vase had millions of small beads made with the beading tool. At the end of each part the bead was rounded of to obtain a invisible seam. The hollowing out was a challenge for the small lathe but even with Pat's heavyweight tools it did not stop once, it is a sturdy little machine. As usual Pat gave loads of practical turning tips in a entertaining way.

Nicky's set-up was college style with everything clearly explained on big white-boards, no chance to doze off! He showed a lot of things about how to hold bowls in the chuck properly and how to take the foot off. He had made a piece of scrap-wood with a soft padding to support the bowl between centres when taking the foot off. Very interesting was his lecture on the finish on bowls, there were plenty of examples to compare the different results of wax and oil on the wood. Nicky explained clearly when to use what, we learned a lot in this well prepared demo.

Thanks to all the demonstrators for a most enjoyable evening.