We have several entries in the advanced section with a wide variety and interest. Brendan Phelan enters a smartphone amplifier. The wood is not specified. It is perched on two front legs that give it a look reminiscent of a sitting dog. As always with Brendan’s pieces it looks to be well turned and finished.
Cecil Barron has two entries this month. First up he is exposing his romantic side with a wedding goblet in Lilac. It seems to be turned and shaped to best display the lovely colour and contrast in the wood and the result is a beautiful piece. Zooming in on the image indicates that the captive rings have a good shape and the finish overall is top class.
The second entry from Cecil is a Small Ash Bowl. It seems to be charred on the outside to accentuate and highlight the grain pattern. It is difficult to be certain, but there seems to have been some sort of treatment to the inside also.
Joe O’Neill has entered his version of American turner Keith Goshell’s manhole cover box. Pressing the edge of the cover opens the box. The woods are not specified. It’s an interesting looking piece and I would have liked to see images of the inside of the box and possibly the underside of the lid.
In the week of the All Ireland Hurling Final, Michael Fay’s entry is very apt. His Sliotar is made from Red Deal, and my mind boggles as to how this was made. The finish here is flawless and adds to the conundrum of how – turned, carved or both. The finish seems nearly too good to have been carved. This is definitely a piece for a demonstration by Michael when we eventually resume chapter meetings.
Paddy Finn submits a Vase with Tulips. The tulips are branchwood from a Red Robin tree and the vase is Cherry. Together they are an attractive ensemble particularly with the contrast of the bark on the tulips.
Tommy Hartnett is getting festive in advance of Christmas. He apologises that it might be a bit early, but I have been making snowmen tealights and Christmas trees now for several weeks – so it’s never too early. The two pieces are attractive and contrasting in that one is just wood, while the other is coloured and hides the wood. Both look to be finished well and will I’m sure look great hung on or around the tree at Christmas.
Finally, a dyed sycamore vase is Tony Hartney’s entry. As anyone who has dyed wood knows, quality of finish on the wood is imperative as any blemish will be magnified and highlighted when the dye is put on. Zooming closely on this piece shows that the finish is impeccable and the colour really adds to the attractiveness of the piece. On top of all that shape is appealing with the narrow base accentuated by the slight return curve.
Where do I start with these in order to come up with a preference or a first place? There are several candidates and I have revisited these a bit closer. In the end I have opted for joint first with Michael Fay’s Sliotar and Tony Hartney’s coloured Vase sharing the spoils. To explain somewhat – the Sliotar for the apparent complexity and quality of the piece, and the coloured vase for the appealing shape and the obvious quality of the turning and finishing.
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