South East Chapter was setup at a meeting in the 'Munster Bar' in Waterford
on Sept 25th 1990. That meeting was organised by Tom Dunlop and Gordon
Rose (RIP) and a copy of the
meeting attendance record is reproduced here
that meeting the following officers were elected - Chairman Tom Dunlop,
Secretary Gordon Rose, and Treasurer Tom Larkin.
first chapter workshop was held in Tom Dunlop's on the 17th
Nov 1990 followed by the second at Tom Larkin's in June 1991. After
that, workshops were held on the 3rd Saturday of every month with the
exception of August, without a single cancellation to-date. Locations
of our monthly workshops varies, but are normally held in members workshops,
with the host or a visiting demonstrator doing the honors. In recent
years we have a permanent base in the Community Hall, Bennetsbridge,
Co Kilkenny where we hold our monthly workshop.
In the early days of the chapter, we had members from Wexford, Waterford,
Kilkenny Carlow, and Tipperary. Around 2000, the Waterford members formed
the Waterford Chapter, but returned again in 2019.
a small chapter with about 30 'active' members we have had some outstanding
results at National competitions. Our first National winner was in 1993
when Kate Walsh from Wexford took the top prize with a beautiful set
of vases. This is the only time in the Guild history that a lady member
took top honors.
next year Glen Lucas took the top prize, while Paddy Murphy took the
honors at the 17th Annual Seminar in Gorey in 1998. Our members took
a rest for a few years until 2009 when Glen Lucas again took top honors.
In 2014 Brendan Hogg took the honors after finishing runner-up on numerous
member, Brendan Hogg gave his first demonstration at a Chapter workshop
at George Wills's workshop in Inistioge in February 2000, and has not
stopped since. He has won numerous awards at national and local seminars.
However, the highlight of our chapter's history must surely be the winning
of the inaugural 'Chapter Challenge' at the 2008 National Seminar. For
this, Paddy Murphy produced a stunning set of 35 boxes, all of which
fit inside each other.. The chapter was again successful in the
2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Full details are available here.
the years, our chapter members have served on the Irish Woodturners
Guild national committee with distinction. Gordon Rose, Tom Dunlop and
Evan Petty have all served as officers over the years. Chapter members
are also to the fore at attendance at our National Seminar with up to
50% of our chapter regularly attending.
The chapter has also hosted the National seminar in Kilkenny on three
occasions - 1993, 1994 and 1995 - (another three in a row for Kilkenny
and a first in the Guild history!!)
South East Chapter annual exhibition and sale of members work at the
Kilkenny Arts Festival must be the longest running annual exhibition
of woodturning in Ireland. From humble beginnings in August 1991, this
event has grown annually and is now recognized in the South East and
by the many national and international visitors to the festival for
its excellence, both in quality and range of woodturnings displayed
a core group of about 35 members who attend workshops regularly and
another 10 or so not so active members, the Southeast Chapter members
are dedicated to helping each other achieve their maximum potential
as woodturners. As well as that there is an immense camaraderie amongst
our members and our workshops are as much a social outing as a learning