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Midlands one day workshop - Sat 23rd of June 2012


 Midlands Chapter will host a one day workshop on Sat 23rd of June from 10.30am-4.00pm in the Carpentry Store  located in Unit D4, M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Kildare.

They will have Mark Baker, editor of the Woodturning magazine, demonstrate on the day. 
Admission is €20 for Guild members and €25 for non-members.

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An evening demo with Terry Martin @ Glenn Lucas' - Tues 24th July 2012


Tues 24th July 2012 from 6-9pm

A rare opportunity to see Terry Martin, artistic woodturner, author, curator.
On Tues 24th July Terry will deliver an evening demonstration at Glenn
Lucas’s Co Carlow workshop. From 6-9pm, Terry will turn hollow forms and
demonstrate his texturing techniques.

Based in Australia, Terry has an international reputation through his many
books and exhibitions which promote and celebrate woodturning.
Alongside a career as a successful author and curator, Terry is greatly
admired for his wood art using turning and carving

The Author Terry Martin will be known to many Irish turners
for his fine publication with Kevin Wallace entitled ‘New
Masters of Woodturning – Expanding the Boundaries of
Wood Art’ which features Liam Flynn.!

€20 per person – ring (059) 972 7070 or email to book your attendance.

!for more on Terry Martin see

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2012 European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns, Essex


Saturday 22nd September 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd September 10am-4pm

In its 4th year and growing with quality every year. The European Woodworking Show is fast becoming the most interesting woodworking weekend in the UK. With top class demonstrators from the UK & overseas across a breadth of woodworking disciplines and crafts.

Expect to see wheelwrighting to woodturning, different forms of carving to chairmaking, basketmaking to bodging, sharpening to pyrography, boatbuilding to furniture making & much more.

In the meantime if you have never been to the show, have a look to see what you missed in previous years in our Photo Gallery, click here
Cressing Temple Barns - Wood Show F1    Cressing Temple Barns near Witham in Essex is a scheduled ancient monument. The site has its origins in the 12th century and is home to the two finest Templar barns in Europe, one of which, dating from 1205, is the oldest timber framed barn in the world. The site is made up of a group of remarkable farm buildings, the barns, a Templar well and a Tudor walled garden.

The European show is based in the historic barns, large marquees, the open cart sheds and open space. It is 90% wheelchair accessible (one first floor area).
A visitor attraction in it's own right and is beautifully managed by Essex County Council. It has a full programme of events running throughout the year from food fairs to medieval jousts. It is therefore a well serviced venue for The European Woodworking Show with plentiful car parking, an on site restaurant, gift shop, toilets etc. It is also wheelchair friendly See for further details of the venue.

Please note dogs are not allowed at Cressing Temple Barns,
either in the barns or in the grounds.

For a location map.... please click here

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Beyond Containment


An international roster of forty invited studio artists takes woodturning from its traditional roots in bowls, vessels and boxes into new territory.
This exhibit, the sixth in othe AAW's  very popular Professional Outreach Program invitational series, challenges turners to think beyond one of woodturnings most basic forms: the vessel. What is containment? What is beyond containment?
Catalogs from previous exhibits: Roots, The Teapot, The Spindle, The Sphere and Japanese Bowls can be viewed on the Past Exhibits page.

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Bloom 2012 - Demonstrators Required



Irish Wood Turners Guild has the pleasure of demonstrating our wonderful craft again this year with C.C.O.I at Bloom in the park. If you feel you could assist us over the June bank holiday weekend May 31st to June 4th then we want to hear from you.

What we need.
We need people to promote the I.W.G and the craft of wood turning in Ireland. So if you can demonstrate, or talk about wood turning and the great benefits it can bring we want you. Demonstration’s will be small items like spinning tops, mushrooms, dibber’s, simple little bowls etc. No selling is involved at this event, we are selling the idea of wood turning and encouraging people to maybe take it up as a hobby etc. All the work we do is voluntary but we can promise you good fun.

If you fancy giving a hand then contact me as soon as you can so I can roster you in. We supply the lathe and the stand and then we need 4 people per day to demonstrate, promote, and look after the stand. Demonstrators will need to bring their own tools.

Joe Laird


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RDS Craft Competition


The entry deadline for the RDS National Crafts Competition is fast approaching …..

The RDS National Crafts Competition is one of the largest crafts competitions in Europe that brings together an international panel of judges to Ireland to adjudicate a 20 category competition. It has a prize fund in excess of €27,000 and is open to all craft workers and designers in Ireland. It is also open to Irish craft workers based abroad.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, May 8 at 5.00pm

Full details and online application form are available at

Any issues with applying online please contact Veronica Reid on 01 240 7297 or Sarah Ross on 01 240 7255 or email

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