Handcrafted wooden homeware
After 11 years of Woodturning, I have decided to move on
Recently, I finished my
I have made the decision to wind down my business. This has been a tough decision, as it has been something I have been doing for half of the 22 years I’ve been around. There were times, such as standing in the rain at a craft fair with no people buying, trying to shield my products from getting soaked, that I wondered what I was doing, but the business has shown me the value of persistence and hard work. They were tough lessons at the time, but I wouldn’t change any of those failures now.
I owe a huge debt to many people who helped me get my business off the ground, when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. It would be impossible to list everyone, but a few
- Paddy McIntyre, a retired woodwork teacher who gave his time to help me learn the craft.
- All of my woodwork teachers in Secondary School, which is where my interest initially started.
- Peter Casey from Dragons’ Den for his investment and mentoring
- The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Offaly for their bursaries and mentoring
- All the folk from LaunchPad NUI Galway, who gave me the opportunity to mentor, pitch and teach entrepreneurship to students, a major factor in my interest in pursuing a Masters at Notre Dame in Entrepreneurship.
- My extended family, especially 2 of my aunts who run their own businesses, for their advice and support
- My customers for giving me feedback and most of all believing in my business enough to depart with their
hard earnedcash to support it
- And most important of all, my mother, father and 2 brothers for putting up with me dragging dust into the house, being occasionally stressed when I took on a bit too much, and driving me to suppliers, craft fairs and everything in between.
This list is not exhaustive; I could genuinely fill a book with the names of people who have helped me. It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to devote the past 11 years to this pursuit. I will indeed keep up woodworking, but more in the sense of a hobby rather than crafting goods to sell.
I’ll be keeping this site up for the moment. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me by email if you have any queries.
Conor Lynch is a woodturner based in County Offaly in Ireland. He started his business 9 years ago when he was 11 years old, using his confirmation money to buy the necessary equipment. He designs and handcrafts wooden homeware, including clocks, bowls and pens, using reclaimed wood. He has presented his business on the TV series Junior Dragons’ Den, and been featured in the Cambridge University Press and Irish Independent.
Now in his 3rd year of a Mechanical Engineering degree, he splits his time betweeen studying and working on his business. He is passionate about showing young people the power of entrepreneurship, and regularly speaks in schools about his experience of being a student entrepreneur.
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