• Dee Synnott Woodcraft

    Handmade in Tipperary.

    Turned bowls and cups made on a foot-powered Viking style lathe.

    Hand carved spoons. Items to buy, gift vouchers, workshops and demonstrations.


    I make handmade wooden items turned on a foot-powered lathe, and hand carved items made with axe, knife and spoon knife.

    I turn and carve locally sourced wood using age-old woodworking processes.

    I am Passionate about Traditional Crafts and the Natural world and am excited to share that love by teaching traditional woodcraft skills such as foot powered bowl lathe turning, hand carving vessels and spoon carving.

    I am also deeply interested in opening the pathways to personal capability and adaptability through making.
    I love to help others explore their own creativity and their relationship with nature through craft.

    My inspiration and motivation is threefold:

    Working on a foot-powered lathe keeps me active and deeply involves my body in the creation of these objects; wood is such a beautiful, natural material and I feel a strong connection with nature and the outdoors through working with it ; sourcing greenwood(freshly cut) from my locality helps to build community and connection with my neighbours and the Landscape.

    I started this journey with the Pole-lathe that I built when I moved to the beautiful North Tipperary countryside in 2017.

    My background includes a fine art degree in sculpture and many years as a craftsperson working for small craft companies and a family heritage of cabinet-making.

    In a stressful and weird world I find that sustainable green woodwork grounds and roots me with great benefits for my mental health and wellbeing. I want to share that connection with others.



    Get in touch to arrange private workshops, demonstrations or order bespoke pieces.

    Dolla, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
  • Workshops

    New Workshops added!

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    Spring and summer courses 2024

    Bowl Turning on a Footpowered Lathe

    With Dee Synnott

    1 Day Courses 10:00am-4.30pm


    The Barn on Bolingbrook Hill
    North County Tipperary

    Price: €100

    number of places: 6



    8 June: Book

    9 June: Book

    29 June: Book

    30 June: Book


    Course Details

    Learn how to turn wooden Bowls on a Footpowered Lathe. An ancient craft using one of the most ancient technologies and simple self made machines and tools.

    We'll be aiming to make a general use bowl from locally sourced wood. Working together to spark the deep craft and love of learning that is in us all.

    All tools and equipment provided as well as a tasty lunch.



    For all courses, a hearty, healthy lunch is provided (please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking), along with tea, coffee and water.

    Guests should bring; a towel for mopping your brow, this can get physical!



    Facilities include a covered workshop space in the barn, communal dining area, comfortable compost toilet, plenty of loo roll, and handwashing.
    Plenty of parking.

    Tutor Bio: 

    Dee Synnott has been carving with greenwood for over 15 years, before that working in several arts and crafts areas.

    Having discovered spoon carving he was drawn towards the logical next step for something to use the spoon in and came across the footpowered lathe as a means to turning bowls.



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    The Weekend is one of Ireland's most wonderful Craft festivals. If you have an interest or are curious about creativity and heritage skills then you should check it out.

    Dee tutors in bowl turning on footpowered lathes at the weekend.

    there are so many amazing crafters and inspirational crafts to partake in, so it is well worth coming along!


    The Weekend in The Hills happens three times a year at the Sliabh Aughty Centre near Loughrea Co. Galway and more information can be found about it by following this link:




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    Wood is a very different material to ceramics or plastic, and such, it has very different qualities and needs.If soaked in water, it may absorb too much and be difficult to dry it properly, if stored too close to a heat source like a radiator, it may crack.


    Taking care of your woodenware

    1. Wash gently with warm, soapy water. (not boiling)
    2. Make sure it is properly dry before stacking it. (Drip and towel dry)
    3. Occasionally, oil the woodenware with raw food grade linseed or walnut oil, this will help the wood stay lovely for years to come.
    4. With use, the colour of the wood will change, and this change should be enjoyed. Woodware's ability to absorb colour creates a personal archaeology