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.
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.
Markets, Workshops, Demonstrations
I shall be giving a few courses in the wonderful Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig Co. Wexford over the Summer of 2021
Dee Synnott carves wooden spoons and turns bowls, cups and locking-lidded containers on a foot-powered lathe. No sandpaper, no power tools. Dee is passionate about traditional crafts and the natural world and is excited to share that love by teaching traditional woodcraft skills such as foot powered bowl lathe turning, hand carving vessels and spoon carving.
courses will be running on:
20th June- Bowl Turning
18th July- Spooncarving
21st August- Bowl Turning
Book a spot at:
Please note that all courses at the park are subject to change in accordance with the Government's restrictions.
CARING FOR YOUR WOODEN ITEMS
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
Wash gently with warm, soapy water. (not boiling)
Make sure it is properly dry before stacking it. (Drip and towel dry)
Occasionally, oil the woodenware with raw food grade linseed or walnut oil, this will help the wood stay lovely for years to come.
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
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