It’s under the table for Joe O’Neill in the Advanced category. I mean the turning is. A nicely finished drop leaf top covers the leg frame with plenty of spindle turning.
Brendan Phelan is up to his games again with another turning from Monkey-puzzle. If Sean Earls was turning a sushi bowl, Brendan appears to be following a more Tibetan theme, with what reminds me of a singing bowl albeit from wood.
Michael Fay has chosen a more Christian theme with a beautiful Cross necklace. As can be expected from Michael, there is a delicacy about this piece. The Cross is made from one piece of Walnut with a 5mm Beech dowel running through the horizontal section. Michael explains that this supports the short grain. The ends are capped with Holly and the center dome, which appears on both sides is Bog Oak. The cross is 90mm x 57mm with a diameter of 9mm tapering in to 7mm. (Thank you Michael for the details.)
Three tasty mushrooms by Paddy Finn. Paddy says his wood stocks are depleting and he is concerned that the furniture will have to go next. Well, if this is a case of the loaves and fishes, he certainly is doing a great job of making the most from limited resources.
Tony Hartney has turned a very appealing bowl, He has coloured and textured, while still leaving the wood to shine through. To me, it looks like a nice piece of Ash, however I’m sure someone, maybe Tony will correct me.
Another bowl by Jonathon Wigham. This time it’s Laburnum. Jonathon tells me that this piece was turned from a fallen tree in a friends back garden. The fate of the wood was to go to the fireplace until Jonathon interceded to turn out this beauty.
The phrase goes, first up, best dressed, however this might not be the case all the time. Cecil Barron has provided the final entrant for the Advanced category and it’s a sewing box. The box is another piece of stunning Laburnum. Included with the box is a thimble, needle holder and thread cutter with sheath. Along with the Laburnum, the woods used for the accessories were Yew and Apple. For me, this piece falls under the heading “Timeless Classic”. An antique before its time.
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