This is a more hands on demonstration for a guest. Due to the complexity and skill required to turn one of my Hanging Ornaments, I will turn the decoration from a wood blank into it's final shape in two stages. You will each sand, seal, wax embellish and finish the piece to your own specifications to take home with you. In order for you to be able to do certain stages yourself, I will demonstrate how to: Fully sand the piece so that you will be able to sand on your own. Add colour to the piece with whatever colours you choose (10 colours to choose from) Embellish the grain with gold wax Apply the overcoat of High Gloss to make it shine. Add the hook eye to the top of the ornamnent. Add the ribbon, which you will choose for yourself. Woodturning is quite difficult so if at any stage if you cannot complete a step I will help you or do it for you. In the last few years I have become very well known for my Hanging Ornament decorations and they have moved on from the earlier natural grain versions to a mixture of colour and natural grain. As far as I know I am the only Woodturner in the world making this type of ornament. I think that makes this tour fairly special. I have air filters working in the background which take some of the particulates out of the air but If you are allergic to wood dust then this tour/demonstration might not be for you.
I am a member of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the Original Kerry Craft group. I have been turning since 1996 and became a professional in 2015. I specialize in rescuing fallen Irish Hardwood, then processing it into rough form for drying and then finishing it as something beautiful with a unique story. My style of turning suits my personality. I get bored of repetition and I like to go with the flow. When I see an interesting grain pattern emerge on the lathe I try to feature it as much as possible. I don't like using guides or templates. Teaching is the next logical progression for me. It took years for me to hone my craft and that is something that can be shared and passed on. I also like to talk about the importance of responsible and sustainable hardwood tree management.
Safety equipment Goggles, safety glasses or Face visors will be supplied if you are in the line of fire of one of my…
Most of this tour will be conducted in my main workshop but I may be able to give you a brief tour of my other workshop, kilns and woodstores at the end if there is time. There may also be an opportunity to look at some of my finished pieces.
16歳以上の方5名まで参加できます。 Some turning experience may benefit you but this is designed for complete novices.
Please wear clothes that can get dusty or dirty. The colours that you will be using can stain clothing and will probably not wash off certain materials. The colours will stain your skin for a few days too but I can provide gloves that will be effective in preventing that.
Creating an Irish Hardwood Ornament