The Wall Moves to the Airport in February 2014

After sitting in storage for a while the Irish Wall has made it to its new home at Dublin Airport!
It took a some TLC from Cillian O’Suilleabhain to tweak it back into shape as the wood that we used had been quite wet when the project was started and had shrunk a fair amount. But it’s now looking good again and getting seen by passers-by at the airport.

I’m looking forward to seeing it again myself when I pass through on Monday on my way to China. A great way to prepare for the next crazy ‘Wall’ project!

The Wall at Dublin Airport!

Christmas is coming…

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It’s amazing how Christmas seems to suddenly sneak up on you! I am now working every hour I can to complete all of the mill orders I have had from the two London shows and my Etsy shop before the last posting date.  It’s taken me a bit longer to get started too as Stile and Bates didn’t have any more 3″ walnut in stock so I had to search the country for a good plank of European walnut and ended up having to drive east of Brimingham to Sykes Timber.  Really nice helpful chaps though so it was just about worth the 7 hours in the car !

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Handmade in Britain

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The final touches before opening to the public

Thanks to everyone who came to Handmade in Britain!

I had another great show – my first time doing Handmade – and I was filled with  nostalgia at being back at Chelsea Old Town Hall…particularly being next to my friend and collaborator Sarah Parker-Eaton who I met there many years ago.

It’s always lovely to be out of the workshop and meeting new and old friends who are normally spread out over the whole country.

I also did well enough to treat myself to one of Mizuyo Yamashita’s beautiful bowls!

 

 

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HandmadeinBritaineflyerFor the first time in many years I will be exhibiting at a fair with my good friend and collaborative partner Sarah Parker-Eaton!  We will both be at Handmade in Britain this year – stands 27 and 28 from the 8th – 10th November 2013.

Find out more details at Handmade in Britain.

This year will be Handmade in Britain’s seventh at Chelsea Old Town Hall and once again, their annual showcase will begin the Christmas season with exceptional craft and design from over 90 designer-makers.  This year’s show will feature exhibitors in all disciplines including furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass – all with a focus on absolute quality and craftsmanship – whose work is available to purchase or commission directly from the maker.

Alongside our established makers, this year we are very excited to launch our New Graduate Showcase, a celebration of new talent in a dedicated gallery at the heart of Handmade in Britain 13.

MADE London

Setting up at MadeLondon 2013

Setting up at MadeLondon 2013

Many thanks to all that came to visit my stand at MadeLondon this year!  I had a really great show, with even more sales than last year. It was also exciting to be showing the new furniture designs for the first time with my collaborator Cillean O’Suilleabhain.  It’s always good to finally see it out from the dusty workshop and on display.

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MADE LONDON October 2013

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Sir John Sloane Church, One Marylebone

Its not long now before I will be exhibiting at MADE LONDON, the Design and Craft Fair, 25th-27th October 2013. Further details are available from the Made London website.

MADE LONDON was held for the first time in October last year to great acclaim from visitors and exhibitors. They aimed to present an enjoyable event showcasing the very best and most original makers in this country and beyond exhibiting the highest quality contemporary craft and design. Visitors to their first show were bowled over by the variety, high quality and originality of the craft and design work on show; loved exploring each four levels of the dramatic and beautiful building and loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the show.

MADE LONDON takes place at One Marylebone, using all 4 floors of this stunning Sir John Soane Church in central London. Directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station and next door to Regents Park. There will be a cafe serving drinks and light meals in the double height crypt.

 

 

New furniture with Cillian O’Suilleabhain

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Mock up for large cabinet

My latest project is a collaboration with Irish furniture maker Cillian O’Suilleabhain.  We met in June during the Irish wall project, got on really well and decided it would be an exciting new venture to work together on some furniture pieces.  The challenge was how to combine my finely detailed, organic work with the minimal geometric aesthetic of his furniture.

It’s taken a lot of experimentation, tests, and discussion but we are very happy with the results so far and are looking forward to showing them at the two London shows coming up soon.

The Irish Wall

Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, Wood Art Collaboration

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In November 2012 I received an email from Terry Martin asking if I’d be interested in joining in a  collaborative event in Ireland next May/June to create a wall of wood inspired by the dry stone walls that dominate much of the Irish countryside.  It was to be an international event with approximately 10 Irish artists and 10 internationals from the United States,  Canada, Britain, France, China, Australia and New Zealand and the finished wall was to be exhibited as part of the Carlow Arts Festival.

I thought perhaps Terry had finally lost his mind, but an opportunity to visit Ireland, work with other woodworkers and possibly catch up with my good friend and basketmaker Anne Harrington-Rees seemed too good to pass up so I agreed to take part.

After hundreds of emails back and forth discussing how we might go about making this thing actually happen, we all turned up at Glenn Lucas’s studio with no real concrete ideas as to how to start, what it might look like or how it was all going to hold together but still be able to be transported to the VISUAL gallery in Carlow!

Despite the shaky start we all just got stuck in and in a miraculous spell of warm sunny weather we had an amazing, intense week of making new friends, renewing old ones, and pulling together to make an incredible wall that I think surprised us all.

It was exhibited at the VISUAL arts centre for Carlow Arts Festival in June – Sept 2013.  Made by 22 wood artists, carvers, furniture makers and turners at Glenn Lucas Woodturning Study Centre, Co Carlow and filmed by the International Wood Culture Society.

Liam Flynn, Cillian O’Suilleabhain, Emmet Kane, Glenn Lucas, Ambrose O’Halloran, Brid O’Halloran, John Lee, Alan Meredith, Liam O’Neill, Brendan Hogg, Adam Doran, Roger Bennet (Ireland)
Neil Turner, Terry Martin (Australia)
Art Leistman (Canada)
Mark Sanger, Louise Hibbert (UK)
Christian Delhon (France)
Sharon Doughtie, Michael Brolly, Jacques Vesery (USA)
Xiang Dong Wang (China)

Su Jin Ling, Jerry Chang, Dillon Lin, Mike Hou

Avocado and Walnut Mills

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Avocado and walnut mills

I have been making mills for over 12 years. This set is one of my favorite color combinations, with the beautiful avacado color contrasting with the rich warm walnut.

The mills are 5 1/2″ tall. You can also order these mills in the taller 6 1/2″ height.

I turned and carved the bases of these mills out of English sycamore, a renewable timber readily available in the UK with a lovely pale translucent grain and often used in kitchenware. The texture of the carving makes it easy to grip, even with wet hands. The sycamore has been airbrushed with acrylic inks. The tops have been turned and wire brushed to give them a great satin texture. The brass knobs also have a soft brushed finish and a black or white resin dot to make identification easy. Both mills have a durable, food safe, environmentally friendly finish, that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Both mills features a durable ceramic fully adjustable grinding mechanism. The mechanism produces unmatched consistency in grind while requiring only a slight twist to produce a significant amount of fresh, aromatic pepper or salt. The ceramic mechanism also means that any possible salt corrosion is avoided.

These mills would be a beautiful addition to your dining table or kitchen. They also make a wonderful wedding gift.

You can purchase these mills from Lokimonkey on Etsy.

Blobby Bottle Stopper

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Blobby Bottle Stoppers

Great as a gift with a bottle of wine, or to liven up your olive oil bottle, this bottle stopper is turned, airbrushed and ‘blobbed’ using the same techniques as my one-of-a-kind pieces.

They are made from English sycamore that is turned and then airbrushed with acrylic inks. They are ‘double blobbed’ with acrylic texture paste, that is individually applied by hand. They are finished with a non-toxic environmentally friendly oil and wax. The base of the stopper is a chrome plated cone with a rubber seal that fits a variety of bottle sizes. The entire length measures 4 1/4” long and 1” diameter at the largest point of the seal.

Each stopper comes wrapped in tissue with its own labeled black tube.

You can buy these Blobby Bottle Stoppers at Lokimonkey on Etsy.