Sunday, 4 March 2012

Irish hospitality

I have just returned from Southern Ireland where I was a guest at the Gorey Chapter Seminar of the Irish Woodturning Guild Link to Guild.
Mark Sanger was invited to attend this event as a Demonstrator and he asked if he could bring a mate along.
I was kindly invited to attend as a guest by the committee .
What a great event this turned out to be.
There where four professional demonstrators three from Ireland and Mark Sanger .
There was one hundred and twenty attendees plus demonstrators and tool sales .
The atmosphere throughout the event  was great and a good time was had by all.
Food and drink was laid on through the day and on the Saturday night the committee,Demonstrators and guests were treated to a slap up meal in a local pub.
I have taken some pics that I would like to share with you.

To enlarge the pics left click on pic

Here are two of the pieces Mark completed during the day.
Here are some pics of John Kelly.John is a real character and even demonstrated how to turn with an axe.

The afternoon sessions were by Robert O'Connor and Christine Van Bussel.

How about this for a beautiful smile.

Rbert and one of his completed pieces.

This gentleman I don't know his name spent the entire day helping people with sharpening and tool profiling problems.I have just been informed the gentleman below is Willie Steadmond.

This is the building the event was held in an old Church School.

I think you would be hard pressed to find more hospitable and welcoming people than the Irish.
Thank you all for a great weekend.I will be back.


  1. I'll back that up George, a great weekend was had by all the delegates. Gorey Chapter are great hosts.

  2. Very good blog on an excellent event, I'd just like to add that the work presented for the competition was of very high quality and showed the advantages of turners coming together to exchange knowledge.

  3. Thank you Peter and John for your comments.
    As you say John the competition was of a very high standard I am just glad it was not me judging.
    I hope that one day I will get the opportunity to demo there.

  4. Hi George, Peter and John

    A great weekend, I certainly enjoyed myself very much and looking forward to coming back over the water to sample some more of the hospitality and Guinness.

    Take care

  5. One of the best bits for me was our visit to Robert O'Connor's Gallery.
    Some of the nicest work I have ever seen