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Memories of Hugh Flynn, who passed away recently.

Hugh and I met at our initial turning classes in Balally Technical School circa 1991 under the tutelage of Tom Newman. Tom introduced us to the Dublin Chapter of The Irish Woodturners Guild, and Hugh, Harry Kampf and myself joined at the same time. The Chapter was very small then so members got to know each other quite well. Hugh was a very private and a quiet person. He only offered opinions or advice when asked. Very soon into our membership we both became involved in the Committee, filling various roles. In those days the chapter meetings were held in the scouting facility at Larch Hill in the Dublin Mountains. We also held our committee meetings in each other’s houses, and our meetings always ended with a cup of tea and a chat. In that way we got to know each other’s significant other.

Hugh was the man to beat in the monthly competitions - a very innovative and accomplished turner. Circa 1994, we attended a seminar in Stockport near Manchester. I drove, and Hugh, Tim McGill and Charlie Caffrey were my passengers, and this was a great experience for us all because we were exposed to more experienced English turners.

When it was discovered that Hugh’s second hobby was photography, he willingly when asked, became the Chapter’s unofficial photographer, never asking for any expenses. He was only turning for a few years when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s disease and this greatly changed his life. He was missing from the Chapter for a long time, eventually coming back to us after a long series of treatment. But I don't think he ever got back to serious wood turning. He told me he had no stamina, therefor he could not stand at the lathe for any period of time. He then concentrated on his camera work.

We will remember him quietly and unobtrusively working in the exhibition room taking wonderful pictures of the competition entries and sitting in the front row at "The Demos" taking pictures of work in progress. He could make even the simplest of turning look like a work of art. It was sometime during this period of his membership, in recognition for his contribution to our chapter, that I proposed that he be made an honorary member for life. He is the second member to be given this distinction, the first being Mick Healy, who sadly, also recently passed away.

Hugh was a quiet softly spoken gentleman and will be sadly missed for his unstinting service to our Chapter from its formative years to the present.

Ar deis De go raibh a anam.

Peter Mulvaney

Trip to Stockport, UK.

Charlie Caffrey, Tim McGill, Hugh Flynn on their trip to Stockport.

Thanks to P. Mulvaney for the photo.

The Annual Blessington Picnic/Workshop will be held on Sunday June 18th. All members, friends and familiy are welcome. For more information, contact John Doran 087 639 3081.

Memories of Gerry Ryan

It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent death (7th Oct 2017) of Gerry Ryan. He died after a short illness and I am sure that I speak for you all in conveying condolences to Carmel, his wife, and his children and their families.

I got to know Gerry when he kindly offered me the use of workshop at his home in Blackrock, an example of his charitable nature. I spent many pleasant hours there, chatting as we worked, swapping stories and advice. As woodturners, we were quite different. Before making a piece, I would have to plan it, make it, and then review it for any faults. Gerry preferred to work more intuitively; placing a piece of wood on the lathe and allowing it to evolve as he stood before it, chisel in hand. He was very much from the “free spirit” school, in this respect.

He was very charitable in his woodturning; making things for people who had brought him a piece of wood and ask him to “make something of it”. He was adept at making trophies or pen holder sets from the lignum vitae bowling woods that his bowling buddies had. He was in the process of making a model submarine for his barber in Blackrock.

His charity did not stop at woodturning. He delivered for Meals On Wheels and he helped dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers by taking them out on excursions.

I knew Gerry for a relatively short time and you will all have your own memories of him. Mine would be of a friendly, humorous, and charitable man who had an influence on my life.

May he rest in peace.

Mike Sims.