I was born in Galway in 1960 and began woodturning in 2000. I make functional items and one-off pieces of jewellery. I make small pieces because I am interested in crossing the boundary between woodturning and jewellery. I get my inspiration for pattern and texture from the rugged landscape of the West of Ireland.
I like creating pieces from plain woods to which I can add interest with colour and texture. My pieces have a visual interest for the viewer and hidden on the back of the piece is some form of decoration for the wearer.
Most of the pieces are made from native Irish woods, but I also use some exotics to add interest and contrast. All my pieces are finished with high-quality silver findings.
Working with small pieces means there is very little room for error. Each curve must flow and there must be a balance between the plain wood and the added pattern, texture or decoration. I hope you enjoy viewing my pieces as much as I enjoy making them.