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Woodworking – Heritage Craft Demo with Dee Synnott

July 31 @ 11:00 - 15:00

Join us to watch the fascinating Heritage craft Demonstration by Dee Synnott at Sonairte!

Bowl turning on a home built foot powered lathe was up until a few years ago, an almost extinct craft. In recent years the craft has been revived. Spearheading the revival of this craft in Ireland is a Skerries man now living in Tipperary, Dee Synnott.

Watch Dee make a bowl or two and have a go yourself on his hand built machine when you visit Sonairte on the 31st of July.

Bowl turning on a foot-powered lathe and the production of wooden eating and drinking ware goes back many many hundreds of years in Northern Europe. And, in fact, Ireland was one of the last places that folk used to use traditionally turned cups and big bowls for working up bread dough. Wooden items that were more than likely turned by a foot-lathe turner on their lathe. The design of which has hardly changed since the viking era.

The lathe Dee uses is a more mobile version of the spring-pole lathe where the wooden pole has been replaced by strong elastics, however, the production method remains the same.

The craft of bowl turning on foot-powered lathes all but died out in Ireland in the 1930s, James Loftus of Borrisokane, County Tipperary being the last person to turn for a living in the Republic of Ireland.

Since the turn of the 21st century there has been an increasing interest in foot-powered turning as a hobby and a craft.

It is not all about heritage though, working with locally grown woods in this way gives a feeling of deep connection to the environment and the land.

Keeping such skills alive is not just part of our past but part of our future too.

Sonairte reserves the right to cancel the event if minimum attendance is not met or in the case of changing health regulations relating to COVID-19.


July 31
11:00 - 15:00




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