Happy New Year 2018

Twelve months have passed since my last Blog, I definitely did not stick to my NY resolutions! I must do better this year…
Last March I fell over and fractured my hip and spent the next 6 months trying to recover. I actually fell over the day my new book “Green Wood Stools”, arrived from the Publishers. I managed to open the box and grab a copy to take with me in the ambulance!
Chair making Courses did not begin until July,  I managed to get through the days by swallowing lots of painkillers and sitting down teaching – nightmare!
Anyway I have no plans for breaking bones this year and have a few courses arranged for May, June and July which I am looking forward to. I already have 300 hazel sticks outside my workshop, waiting to be made into chairs, can’t wait to get started.
In addition, I am planning on making a new Limited Edition Collection of upholstered armchairs this year although not sure about the fabric yet. Look out for photos on the Gallery pages later in the year!


Happy New Year

As I suspected, I turned out to be a terrible blogger –  last entry 2015!! My New Year’s Resolution has to be “Write more blogs!!”

I will be off to collect another 100 hazel sticks from Kealkil  very soon, that will give me a grand total of 300 sticks for the coming year, plus the possibility of more next month. Although it is sometimes hard to get started after Christmas – especially if the weather is bad – I always find the sight of hundreds of freshly cut hazel sticks, a real incentive to get back out to the workshop.

My new book ‘Green Wood Stools’ is to be launched on April 14th  – Good Friday – at an exhibition at the Blue House Gallery in Schull, West Cork. The exhibition will comprise of my own work plus pieces from the other stool makers included in the book, James Carroll, Thomas Kay, Eamon Quinn and Charlie Huffer, it will run for two weeks.

Speaking of books, I was given one called “Chairs by Architects” by my good friend Etain Hickey (ceramic artist) for Christmas. Every time I sit down for a cup of tea, I leaf through it, looking at chairs designed by architects. It is fascinating to see how their design principles apply to chairs as well as to buildings. I wonder what a Green Wood Building might look like!

Thinking about the coming year, I hope to work with Anne Kiely again, she designed some wonderful ‘West Cork’ textiles for upholstering my chairs last year. I have developed a new design for large upholstered armchairs which makes the chairs more comfortable and better for the posture. I love the addition of  textiles – my chairs are transformed by colour and soft texture. Anne designs the fabric and silk screen prints on a natural wool fabric. The combination of wool and wood is beautiful, comfortable and functional.

It is all so exciting, I can’t wait to get started

Welcome to my new web site!

After several years of whingeing about my old web site –  I finally got a new site designed and put up on the world wide web!  I had got to the point of hoping people would NOT visit my web site because it was embarrassingly out of date….

Anyway those days are behind me,  although of course I will have to keep this one updated with new photographs, regular blogs etc. which is more than just a little daunting – will I remember how to resize photos? will I have good quality photos to put on there??? Well let’s hope so!

This year I have introduced a few new designs into the Green Wood Chair collection…the main difference being that I have added upholstered seats using sheepskin and fabric. Certainly the woolly foot stools have made quite a splash and the Limited Edition collaboration with Orla Kiely was a great success this Summer.

Autumn’s coming now and I have begun to work with Kerry Woollen Mills along similar lines. Back in June, I visited the Mills and was able to choose some fabric and a colour, which they then dyed for me specially. The first chair and foot stool are being upholstered this week, so I am looking forward to collecting them next Monday . Look out for photographs under New Work in the Gallery.

The sheepskins are very popular in the Winter – very cosy and comfortable. At this point our house is full of them, on backs of chairs, on footstools and even on seats – sheepskin is the best fabric ever – warm, comfortable, easily washed, beautiful, soft to the touch, hard wearing..you can’t beat it!

Green Wood Chairs can be seen at 7 Hands Exhibition  in November (16th – 27th) at the RIAI Merrion Square Dublin.

Maybe see some of you there!