As a boy I would always take things apart to see how they worked, then I would try and put them back together, sometimes in my own special way. As a teenager I spent school holidays helping my Uncle fit kitchens.
My working life began as a Kitchen Designer, after a few years I started to get more involved in the installation and soon left the office behind. Most of my early work was Set building for brochure photography and showroom displays.
I have always enjoyed making furniture for family and friends, it’s because of that this business has evolved. Since my daughter Niamh was four (now 11) she has been my biggest influence. She asked for a “Chair like nobody else’s” then said it was to be shaped “like a shoe”; she tried to draw a picture of a shoe showing me where she would sit and where she could lean back. She was so determined I went to my shed and started work and soon had a little Denim stiletto shoe chair that she still cherishes to this day. Then she wanted a “Daisy table and chairs” then a “flower shaped Chair” then a “Chair with wings” and recently due to Guitar lessons she asked for a “Guitar Chair”.
I made a Guitar and a Violin Chair and they’ve had such a positive reaction from everyone that’s seen them. So in hindsight I’m glad I listened to the ideas of my daughter and tried to make them reality for her, if not I might still be fitting Kitchens!
I also enjoy carving Bog Oak and Yew which is almost a privilege in itself to work with wood that’s already thousands of years old.
Another branch of my business now is the cufflinks, made from recycled shotgun and bullet cartridges, and locally sourced Irish woods, including bog woods.