Michael O' Donnell

The 2012 annual demonstration was held at Castletown Heritage Centre on 1 September. This years demonstrator was Michael O’Donnell the world renowned woodturner who lives at Brough, Dunnet. He has over the past few months been writing articles for a woodturning magazine on turning unusual objects and the methods, jigs, and fixtures involved. A program had been agreed that he would demonstrate one of these, a seed pod, followed by an elliptical vase and finish with a demonstration of turning a green wood [unseasoned] goblet.
The audience of around 40 people made up of 10 woodturners from Inverness, 10 woodturners from N.H.W.A. and around 20 local people were treated to a very interesting and entertaining demonstration by a master woodturner.
Mick described how he had been inspired to turn these items followed by an explanation of the holding methods and the tools used. The audience was then treated to a demonstration of woodturning interspersed by easily understood explanations of the operations involved.
In between each demonstration there was a coffee/tea and biscuits break during which the audience mingled and discussed what they had seen.
The final demonstration was the turning of a very thin walled green wood goblet in local sycamore. Mick demonstrated his technique  of using a dark room with a single light shining through the wood to indicate the thickness of the goblet.
At the end of each demonstration Mick gave the item to a member of the audience, so three people went home with a momento, and everybody went home appreciating the fine demonstration performed by Mick.Thanks must also be given to Castletown  Heritage Society for all the assistance given in setting up and with the tea/coffee breaks.

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