I hope to make Irish wooden giftware and tableware products that are both desirable and collectable. I want to make beautiful wooden items that people want to use, look after and give as gifts to family and friends.
All of my products are unique. They are handmade using only native Irish wood.
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.
Types of wood
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.