I give new life and purpose to fallen Irish Hardwood

Tralee, Munster



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About DavidCondonWoodcraft

Sales 16
On Etsy since 2018
Video summary: Rough turning the inside of a greenwood Irish Sycamore Bowl.

Out of the ashes, I can create beautiful pieces that can last many lifetimes.

I always wanted to have a home based business and the last recession gave me the push I needed to make a start. Although a qualified Carpenter for years, I had never actually cut and dried fresh hardwood before so since 2014 I have been doing just that.

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, templates or storyboards at all now.

My woodturning is constantly evolving and changing. Rather than doing batch lots of the same pieces over and over again, I turn a group of pieces and then analyze and progress them in the follow up pieces. Looking back through my pieces you should be able to see a clear evolution and progression of design.

I see myself as a conservationist and I often have to argue with fallen tree owners where they want to cut the trees into firewood and I want to create something beautiful. It's such a pity that people see trees as a source of income or heating a small room in the house being totally destroyed in the process. While my turning does destroy the tree too, at least there is something remaining that is as beautiful as the once standing tree. A portion of my sales now go towards a hardwood tree planting organisation in the West of Ireland called Hometree. Please look them up online and donate to a worthy cause.

I am a member of both the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Original Kerry Craft Group.

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Last updated on 07 Jul, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Your prices seem to be a little on the expensive side for wood?

It might seem so but each piece I make is cut from a hardwood log/tree, rough shaped, sealed and dried by me over many months.

Once dry each piece is then finished individually by hand, usually taking an hour and more. The end result is a silky smooth touch and beautiful shape.

While I would hate to lose your business, If you want cheap mass produced products please go elsewhere.

If you want an individually handcrafted piece made with great care & dedication; with a connection to Ireland and a genuine story, please shop with me.

Thank you for reading, David

What is your Shipping Cost?

Items are shipped direct from my home in Tralee Co.Kerry Ireland.

Please note that I charge by weight of the item, by rates supplied by the national postal service in Ireland (An Post). I do not make any money from shipping and I do not charge for packaging.

I offer a small charge for extra items and as long as they don't jump weight categories you will save some money.