Here are the winners and entries for the September online competition. Due to the Corona Virus restrictions there was no meeting this month so the competition was again held online.

Pat Walsh was back again as our guest judge. 

It is me again this month. In the melee and rush of so many to judge, I won. As I write it looks as if we may have the opportunity to resume “in person” meetings soon, so hopefully these virtual competitions are reaching the end of their useful life. In the meantime, below are the results of the Skerries jury.

Just two entries here, one from John O’Neill and the other from Ruth Wallace.We have no description or details of either.

John’s piece looks like a box, but from the pictures it is had to get a sense of the shape. It looks to be well finished.

Ruth’s piece is a bowl (wood not specified) it could be Sycamore. The pictures provided show that it is a pleasing shape.

I cannot differentiate between these two entries so will opt for Joint Firsts in this section.

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Only two entries in the Experienced section.

Again, here we have only two entries.

The first from Brendan Kelly is a 4-inch lidded bowl in Beech, coloured with water-based dyes to enhance the grain. It has an attractive ornate shape and seems to be really well finished.

Sean Earls enters three Treat Bowls in Spalted Beech. The wood here is spectacular and the pieces show this off perfectly. The bowls do not seem to be made to match but this does not detract from their appeal.

To wrap up this last section, I’m opting for Sean Earls Treat Bowls as my choice for First.

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There were Six entries in the Advanced section.

On to the category that has the most entries.

Brendan Phelan shows us twin bowls in a single piece of Olive Wood. This would have been challenge to make but Brendan has achieved an attractive looking piece with aligned bowls and nice clean and sharp transitions from flat top (rims) to bowl.

Cecil Barron displays a bowl made from Cherry. It looks to be about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes they had a wood source like Cecil. He always comes up with beautiful pieces of wood, but more importantly he has the vision to see what to do with them. This piece seeks to be handled and flows beautifully from the base to the inside over the soft rounded rim.

A pair of candle holders from Joe O’Neill this month has no description. I’m not sure of the wood or the size. I’d guess that the base is approx. 6- or 7-inch diameter and the height is approx. 10 to 12 inches. From the single photo that Joe provided they look like a well turned and matched pair.

Paddy Finn is getting ready for dinner guests with his entry – five napkin rings in Cherry. They are of a simple design, that complements the attractiveness of the wood. They have a lovely shiny finish is totally appropriate for the pieces.

Tommy Hartnett is still busy in the shed and has two entries again this month. The first is a Wand made of Mahogany decorated with Pyrography. It is a simple but attractive design with a well-shaped handle section and nice straight tapered that I’m sure Mollie will be delighted with.

Tommy’s second entry is a Chalice Made from over 200-year-old Pitch Pine on a base of Walnut decorated with Gold Coloured Wire and Turquoise Miliput Ring and Turquoise Miliput flecks inside. The woods contrast each other nicely and the overall effect is of a well thought out and well finished piece.

In this section, I’m giving Cecil Barron’s Cherry Bowl as First

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And finally the Artistic section had three entries

Three entries in this section.

Brendan Kelly’s entry is a Slender pedestal bowl in Beech. It seems to be about six inches in diameter and 7 inches or so high. It is a really striking piece with all the elements working well together, and of course it is impeccably finished.

An unusual entry from Cecil Barron in the form of a Pizza Oven Shovel in Oak. It is an interesting looking piece and I’d have liked to see a couple more pictures of it from different angles.

Colum Murphy submits a Pedestal Bowl in Sycamore, textured ebonised and silver gilt. The inside is treated in yellow, red and black spirit stain all finished with satin lacquer. Colum provides plenty of pictures of the piece from all angles.

In this section I’m opting for Brendan Kelly’s entry of the Slender pedestal bowl in Beech for my First Place.

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In Conclusion . . . 
Entries are down this month, but hopefully we will be back to Chapter meetings soon and back to physical competition entries. I think this is my third month in a row judging so if there is a competition in October it is probably time for someone else to step in. With a little luck, October will be last virtual competition.


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