The annual Family Day, hosted in Blessington by the Doran family took place on 18th June. The weather was not too kind, but 21 people, young and older, turned out for an enjoyable afternoon of food, drink and demos. The "master of the skew" Peter Mulvaney, gave the benefit of his experience, and a few stories thrown in as well, in making various proportioned beads and coves followed by a very tall tea-light holder. Later in the afternoon, and after a few barbequed items (care of Stephen Coffey) everyone reconvened to watch Rich Varney make one of his pocket watches. There are more pictures, but here are a few: -
John Mangan - not a flight of fancy.
The demo in August was provided by a well-known wood worker, John Mangan. He showed us his marquetry skills making a multi-coloured picture from different veneers that was then set into a turned disc. John showed great patience in marking and cutting out the pieces of veneer and also brought along some of his work to show us. Thanks John for an interesting demo with lots of information that was organised at the last minute.