April 2014 Report

The April meeting was a hands-on night with a theme of thin-walled bowls. Eddie Gorman had arrived with examples of his turned thin-walled Eucalyptus bowls and lots of green Eucalyptus wood for members to experiment on. Eddie's examples showed how much the Eucalyptus bowls deformed overnight. In fact, they deform even as you turn, so speed is of the essence!

Gary decided to turn a bowl with a rectangular rim.  Gary rose to the occasion with Eddie's help, but found it very challenging! As homework, everybody was given pieces of Eucalyptus wood to take home and produce bowls for the next meeting. In May we'll see how many complete their homework!
A sizable part of the meeting got hi-jacked by the IWG challenge to all chapters to produce a turned steam engine. After a lot of discussion the final choice was between two designs. It was decided to go with the Sligo Chapter one that was posted on the IWG website. Eddie Gorman had arrived with these plans and Tony Rea found some wood that was then cut up by members for wheels, engine etc
Not everything goes to plan!
Some turning of parts was started but much remains to be done - and the plans from the website do not seem to be complete! It was agreed that the Newcastle members would meet up the following week to do some more work on this. Yet again a terrific supper followed - thanks Lorraine.