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Seminar Programme


Seminar Brochure

Here is the 2017 Seminar Programme to allow delegates to plan their weekend in advance.

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Seminar Competition Forms


To avoid queues and make it easier and quicker for delegates entering the Seminar competition we now have entry forms for both the individual competition and the chapter challenge in the Chapter Resources section.
Just print and fill out the forms at home and bring to the seminar with your pieces for the competition.

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Safety Bulletin:Lichtenberg Method


Please read this very important safety notice regarding the banning of this dangerous practise by the IWG.

Lichtenberg/Fractal Wood Burning
The Executive Committee of the IWG instructs ALL Chapters of the IWG not to permit UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES the use of use of Lichtenberg/Fractal wood burning at ANY demonstration for or meeting of the Chapter and, where possible, by any of their members, owing to the extreme dangers associated with this technique and the associated health and safety and insurance issues, Items incorporating the use of Lichtenberg techniques should NOT be permitted in any Chapter competitions and will not be accepted as entries to the competitions at the National Seminar. Such items should not be displayed on Chapter stands at ANY events. Photographs or descriptions of these techniques will not be published in the IWG Journal.

For more information see,

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RDS Craft Winners 2017


Congratulations to Gintaras Malinauskas and Alan Meredith on the winning the RDS Crafts Awards Woodturning categories.
Gintaras Established Maker Award and Alan Emerging Maker and Irish Woodturners' Guild Award.
Both are members of the Midlands Chapter .

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RDS Craft Awards Open for Online Entries on March 20 – Deadline: June 14


Over €30,000 in prizes for 2017 RDS Craft Awards

Showcasing and rewarding excellence in Irish craft since 1968, the RDS Craft Awards is a two strand open competition with an independent panel of craft experts assessing the work of emerging and established craftspeople separately.

The top prize winners in each strand will receive the RDS Awards of Excellence which come with a cash prize of €5,000. Ten category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a €2,000 award specifically for graduates and a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair worth €2,500.

With categories ranging from woodturning and jewellery, to furniture, ceramics and textiles, the Awards are an important celebration of indigenous design and endeavour, and follow an RDS tradition of promoting and supporting the development of Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition which will be exhibited prior to and during the 2017 Dublin Horse Show August 9-13. Award winners will be exhibited at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS, in December, 2017.

For more information and details on prizes and how to enter please visit

RDS Craft Awards
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Evan Petty RIP


The IWG were greatly saddened by passing of our former president Evan Petty on 15th May 2017.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, our sincere condolences to Evan's wife Pauline and all of Evan's family.

Please see for funeral arrangements.

Evan Petty
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