Craftsperson – June 2023 – Issue 334


Passion For Wood

For more than three decades Fred O’Mahony has been turning handcrafted, functional and artistic pieces by using sustainable Irish native hardwoods from renewable sources.

What started off as a hobby for Fred O’Mahony quickly turned into a passion and then a thriving career. With more than 30 years’ experience as a woodturner – the craft of making symmetrical wooden objects using a lathe and hand-held tools – Fred found his niche almost by accident. ‘I was always interested in wood and working with my hands and I was forever saying ‘if I had a lathe I could make this, that and the other’. Then in 1991 I had a slipped a disc and couldn’t do what I was meant to be doing so, with the extra time on my hands, I decided to bite the bullet and make my own lathe. ‘From there I taught myself to turn wood and realised I was more drawn to this than general wood work.’

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