Turning Lidded Containers W/ Liam O’Neill

Spalted Beech Purpleheart


David Ellsworth says:

“Liam O’Neill is one of the great studio woodturners from Ireland. He specializes in decorative open bowls and turned outdoor sculpture, and is the author of the classic ‘Irish grind’ bowl gouge. His vast knowledge and experience plus his natural sense of Irish humor has made him one of the top demonstrators since he first came to America back in the mid-1980s.”

 Lidded Containers

These are usually made of spalted wood or burl or crotch figure. I show how to minimise the width of cut between lid and body so as to keep grain matching as close as possible. I insert pieces of contrasting wood into the body of the box to provide a shoulder for the lid to fit onto. I leave a rounded base so that the container “ROCKS” I demonstrate first and then let the students do it as usual. NB: One topic per day is recommended.

Materials Needed for Containers Class:

Liam suggests dry spalted (not too soft) burl or crotch 4 to 5 inches diameter by 5 inches long I use dark wood for the insert, cut out of I ” thick by the same diameter as box body.

The Woodworkers Club (WWC) will have materials available for sale. Size, Species, Quality & Quantity will vary.


Tools needed by students for Class

  • 1 x 3/8″ x 1/2 ” spindle gouge.
  • 1×1″ & ¬†1 1/2″ round scrapers.
  • 1 x1/8″ parting tool.
  • 1 x 1/2″ square scraper.
  • 1 x 3/8″ beading & parting tool.

WWC has many tools that may be loaned out. WWC turning tool grinds may not be changed.

April 13

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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