Matt Jones’ Irish wooden giftware and tableware products are both desirable and collectable. Matt’s main aim is to make beautiful wooden items that people want to use, look after and give as gifts to family and friends.
All of Matt’s products are unique as they are individually handmade using only native Irish wood that has been ethically sourced. This is a very important part of Matt’s ethical stance and how he likes to work. He is respectful of nature and only sources trees which have fallen naturally. Sometimes they fall in County Dublin, Cork, Kerry or at other times he gets a call to let him know that a beech tree has fallen closer to home in County Sligo.
Matt will cut the fallen tree into sections and examine the quality and grain carefully. He will be thinking about what sort of items will lend themselves best to the tree and wood. It could be bowls or pepper grinders and salt mills or maybe a one off art piece. He will transport the wood sections back to his workshop in Sligo. Matt then turns each piece by hand. This is where the magic happens.
“Turning isn’t always fun or easy. It’s very physically demanding, dusty and a cold workshop in February isn’t the most welcoming place to go. However I get totally absorbed in the process and soon forget about the tough conditions. There is great satisfaction in having made a beautiful object by hand, selling it and getting positive feedback”.
All products will have Matt’s stamp to verify that it has been made by him and the type of wood used.
This makes for a truly unique and special gift.
Types of wood
Matt works with a variety of different types of wood, all of which come with their own unique and special characteristics, grains and appearance. Varieties more commonly found in Ireland are Irish oak, ash, beech, spalted beech, walnut, sycamore and flame beech. Occasionally the fruits like apple, cherry and holly or even yew and laburnum will be found and used.
What is Spalted Beech?
As a tree decays micro organisms in the soil gradually break down the fibres of the wood. In their wake they leave meandering black lines of carbon and paler areas of softer wood. This process is called spalting and the resultant timber is highly prized but can be difficult to work.