Handcrafted Woodwork with James Carroll

Published on 25 April 2014

Handcrafted Woodwork with James Carroll

The Gentlemen’s Academy hosted Hand Crafted Woodwork with James Carroll this week. 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 demonstrated some of these techniques and tools and wnet through the basics of using a knife, an axe,  a shaving horse and more. We tried our 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.