Hand Crafted Woodwork with James Carroll, March 6th, Dublin 8. James Carroll has been making furniture of different types in Co Wicklow for a while now. At some point he stumbled across the ‘pre industrial’ method of woodworking. Somehow this has largely been sidelined for the last century as a result of increased time saving machinery. James finds using hand tools and unprocessed wood not only aids the design process but also means there is a more direct relationship with the tree and the material. On the night, James will demonstrate some of these techniques and tools and go through the basics of using a knife, an axe, a shaving horse and more. You will be able to try your hand at working green wood in this age old way that has much relevance in a modern context. Working in this way it is apparent how efficient it is to split and shape wood using edge tools.
While the evening is just a brief introduction it will hopefully provide enough of a taste to encourage further investigation. Regardless of this there is just something deeply satisfying about making shavings. If the thought of going back to your pre-industrial roots sounds good or you just want to lose yourself in some wood shavings, let us know asap. Price is €15, venue is South Studios (D8), kick off is 7.30pm. Date is 6th March
Class size is 15 people with potential for a second round if demand demands