The official Natural Woodcrafts Ireland launched on Tuesday, September 1, at 7pm at the Gallery & Studio at its premises at 19 Upper William St. Barry Lewis, a native of Limerick city, invited the public to come and view his work at the Natural Woodcrafts Ireland launch in September with a wine and finger food reception.
It has always been Barry’s dream to teach the craft of woodturning in the hope of keeping it alive for future generations: “The unit in Upper William Street consists of a gallery and shop where my pieces will be on display and for sale, a studio and classroom where I will make my pieces through woodturning and cabinetmaking
“I will also teach the crafts of woodturning, woodcrafts and furniture making tailoring the courses to the individual’s abilities and requirements. I have being woodturning and cabinetmaking for over 20 years and it has always been my dream to have the facility to teach the crafts and pass on my knowledge and experiences to others keeping the traditional methods of handcrafting furniture alive using Native Irish Woods such as Spalted Beech, Ash, Elm, Sycamore and Oak.”
Barry will be available to speak with on the day of the launch about his classes, demonstrations and all of his craft.All of the wood Barry uses is Irish and everything on display in the Natural Woodcrafts Ireland studio, even his desk, is handmade.
Barry explains how he bagan his journey with his craft: “I first started Woodturning in 1992 where I was taught the skills of spindle turning for furniture making by Terry Browne of The Turners Workshop in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary.
“I immediately became fascinated with the Craft of Woodturning and honed my skills over the years making coffee tables, piano stools, table lamps, flower pot stands, television and shelf units.
“I then progressed to bowl turning attending courses with renowned woodturners. I then developed and honed my own unique style of woodturning and teaching skills and all my pieces will now be made in my studio and demonstrations can be arranged if required.
“All my pieces are handcrafted from native Irish woods, all wood is carefully selected visualizing the final pieces during the selection process. I am fascinated by the grain patterns in the woods and the uniqueness of every piece of wood and I love experimenting and making new pieces, commissioned piece orders will also be taken.”
All of Barry’s creations are unique and can be made-to-order bespoke pieces that make excellent gifts for weddings, going away presents, a gift to send abroad, a birthday or any seasonal event.