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Short pieces about woodturning, my experiences as an entrepreneur, and anything else that interests me

Judging the Bank of Ireland Transition year startup academy

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by Blackstone Launchpad in NUI Galway would I be interested in being a judge in the Bank of Ireland Transition year Startup academy which was being held in run in NUI Galway. This was a fantastic opportunity to do my one of my...

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Website gallery updated

I'm always updating my website with new content. I put up blog posts like this every one or two weeks, but behind the scenes I am always uploading more photos in my Gallery, articles in my Media page, as well as improving the speed of the site, and improving the...

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Irish TV visits the workshop!

I was contacted 2 weeks ago by a representative of Irish TV asking me if I'd be interested in doing an interview with them for their Offaly Matters section. Of course I said I'd be delighted to, and long story short the presenter and camera man from Irish TV, Laura...

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Blackstone Launchpad order

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Blackstone LaunchPad NUI Galway, where I go to college. They were looking for some items to present to guest speakers. I was involved with Blackstone LaunchPad last year and will be involved this year also, so it seemed a good...

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Re-varnishing an old plaque

2 years ago, I was asked to make a plaque in memory of Maree McElduff, a teacher in my local primary school who passed away. The plaque was placed outside a garden in her memory. I was recently asked to give the sign a new coat of varnish to keep it looking fresh, and...

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International orders

I've been looking to sell internationally for some time, and my website was updated a while ago to allow for international shipping. Here is a photo of a recent Crescent clock that was delivered to California, USA, as a birthday gift. It is made from Irish beech, and...

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Travel

Travel is a very important aspect to my life, and I use any excuse to travel. I was very fortunate this summer in the places I got to visit. Getting away from the workshop, away from the computer and away from work offers a chance to refresh your mind and come up with...

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Workshop: then vs. now

While looking through my old photos recently, I found a picture from 2012 of my workshop at the time. This was before Junior Dragons' Den, so I still have my Record Power CL3 lathe, a lathe which served me well for 4 years. As you can see, one thing that hasn't...

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Mantle clock featured in Etsy treasury!

I woke up this morning and had a message on Etsy from a curator called "Gorgeous Groovy Gifts" to say that one of my products on Etsy, the wooden mantle clock, had been selected to be featured in their treasury of Mantle clocks for collectors. I have included...

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Sun setting in the workshop

The other day, I was in the workshop, and the sun was just setting. I live in the countryside, with a fantastic view of Tullamore, the nearest town to us. At one point, I was working on the lathe when the sun caught my eye through the garage door. Just for a few...

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My photography setup

I put up a post on Instagram and Twitter recently about my photography setup. It occurred to me that it took me years to perfect my photography setup, because getting the right lighting/contrast to properly show off your products is a very difficult thing to do, and...

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New product added – the Suspended Crescent clock!

I've been busy in the past few weeks focusing on developing new products, a couple of which are still in the prototype stage. The first to be released in the Suspended Crescent clock. Developing further on the existing Crescent clock, the suspended crescent clock is a...

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