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!


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  I had got to the point of hoping people would NOT visit my web site because it was embarrassingly out of date….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!