Conor Lynch is a woodturner based in County Offaly, Ireland. He is in his final year of a Mechanical Engineering degree in NUI Galway. Apart from running his business and studying for his degree, he is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence in Blackstone LaunchPad NUI Galway. In this role, he mentors students in starting their own business, and organises events to increase awareness on-campus for the supports Blackstone LaunchPad can give to students.


At the age of 11, Conor had his first experience of woodturning, by making a candleholder in woodwork class. After this experience, he invested his confirmation money in a woodturning lathe. He is largely self-taught, having learned many of the techniques for woodturning from magazines and YouTube, but he has also had some exposure to some of the best woodturners in Ireland.
He has work in private collections in America, Australia, France and Mexico and one of his bowls was presented to President Mary McAleese in 2011.

In the news

In 2014, Conor was featured on RTÉs “Junior Dragons Den”, where he pitched his business to 5 of Ireland’s most successful businessmen and women. He secured the €2000 bursary and mentoring from Dragon Peter Casey. Read more about his experience on Junior Dragons’ Den here.
Also in 2014, he was featured on RTÉs Nationwide program, while exhibiting at the “National Crafts & Design Fair” (now known as “Crafted”) in the RDS in Dublin.

His collection of contemporary pieces are hugely popular with buyers around the world. His attention to detail and eye for design make his pieces unique. His designs are simple, with straight lines and flowing curves. Sometimes they evolve in response to the wood, but have also carefully evolved over time.

My range of products are handcrafted from the highest quality wood. The designs have evolved into contemporary forms which are ideal for the home.

Designer & Maker

Conor designs and handcrafts all of his products in his workshop in Offaly. He carefully selects the highest quality reclaimed wood, and crafts his range of products – a process which can sometimes take several hours, spread over 2 months. His designs have evolved over the years into contemporary pieces which are simple and elegant in design, with straight lines and flowing curves. His pieces are popular with customers all around the world, including France, America, Canada and Australia.


Conor is sometimes asked to give talks to primary, secondary and 3rd level students about his experience of being a student entrepreneur. In these talks, he tends to focus on the advantage this generation has in setting up a business; being able to instantly set up an online shop, and market the business for free using social media. These talks are an important part of Conor’s business, as they allow him to show students that they don’t have to come up with the next Facebook or Snapchat to be an entrepreneur – they can come up with a simple idea, and if they execute well on it they can achieve success.

The process