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.
Get in touch to arrange private workshops, demonstrations or order bespoke pieces.
Immersive Woodland Spooncarving and Footpowered Bowl Turning Weekend
March 26th and March 27th An Caora Dubh, Claggan South, Co. Donegal
Come and play with hand tools and foot lathes. Carve a spoon and rediscover our connection to times past. Turn a bowl with the power of your own body and discover old ways and future ways. Our history as a species is bound up with our environment. A most direct way to understand our place within nature is to embrace the direct adaptive skills that we as humans are evolutionarily geared towards. Come play with the woods. Come play IN the woods. Learn old skills and feel the rhythms of the land as we feel the rhythms of crafting on a foot powered Lathe. Let’s become part of the archaeology of a place again. Carving wood and chatting and learning from one another. Each telling our stories and adding to each other’s and to the story of the lands we play in.
With axe and knife and foot lathe and chisel. Come and learn how wood works, how we work with wood, and how the woods work with us.
This is a full mind and body experience. It can be physical and challenging but very satisfying. The most important thing is to enjoy your experience and take things at your own pace.
TURNING A BOWL ON A FOOT POWERED LATHE, Our site, North Tipperary
Join Dee for a day long workshop where he will guide you through the turning of a bowl using a foot powered lathe. This will be a physically intensive day but it will be rewarding. If you are interested in making a bowl in this way, please register your interest here and be the first to know when tickets go live
SPOON CARVING WORKSHOP, Our site, North Tipperary
Learn how to carve a spoon with Dee Synnott, this workshop will take a day and you will leave with the knowledge of how to make a spoon
Please register your interest in this workshop here and be the first to know when tickets go live
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