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Christmas Gift Idea

Irish Oak Whiskey Tumbler

Toasted Irish Oak Whiskey Tumbler

Available for purchase on our Store page

A truly original gift idea for whiskey lovers this Christmas.

Inspired by the manufacturing process of whiskeys, Joe laird has developed a Sessile Oak Whiskey Tumbler. Toasted on the inside and shaped like a coopers barrel, the tumbler adopts the same methods used in the coopering and maturation process of whiskey making.

With the manufacturing time of one whiskey tumbler taking a little over five weeks, handcrafting each tumbler is obviously a labour of love for Joe laird. Each piece of wood is carefully selected and monitored closely for imperfections throughout the manufacturing process. Like in the coopering process, each piece must adhere to a set of specifications with regards to size, weight, thickness and colour. However, each piece of wood is a product of nature and, therefore, no two pieces will ever be the same. Each tumbler is a unique piece of art in its own right.

– Available for purchase on our Store page

Oaky flavours

Putting the whiskey back into the oak from whence it came, enhances the the whiskey’s woody and vanilla flavours like no glass tumbler ever could. This is an experience that ever true whiskey enthusiast must try.

Hundreds of different flavour compounds have been identified in whisky. The synthesis and degradation and synergistic properties of these compounds is still poorly understood as there are so many aspects contributing to the result of cask maturation.
Oak cask affects whisky by extracting wood compounds that influence the taste directly or together with the spirit compounds or by removing or changing some compounds from the raw spirit.

– whiskyscience

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Master Class with Nick Agar – 2013

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Nick Agar gives a master class at Joe Laird woodturning studios 2012

After last year’s successful 3 day Master Class with Nick Agar we are delighted to have this incredible wood turning artist back to our shores once again.

Nick will be delivering a two day Master Class on 23rd and 24th of April 2013. He will repeat the class again on 25th and 26th also. The theme on these classes is mainly air brushing and only a small part will be allocated to wood turning. You will turn your own platter and will then decorate it air brush style under the tuition and guidance on Nick.

As always you will have your own work station and all equipment will be supplied for the classes including air brush and paint. If you have your own tools and air brush you are welcome to use them. All you have to do is turn up and we will look after the rest. Places are limited to 6 people per class so book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost of the two day class is €300 per person including lunch and materials. Contact Joe for more details or to make your booking.

Nick Agar: http://www.turningintoart.com/

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Summer Camp for Youths

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Our Summer camps for youths are designed for children between the age of 12 and 19 years. This is a fantastic opportunity for younger people to be introduced to the ancient craft of wood turning.

The course will consist of five three hour classes over a period of five days. The class size is limited to five students per class… and we are only running 4 weeks this year… so early booking is advisable.

DAY  1
Introduction to wood turning, health & safety, basic tool techniques to get you started, and plenty of shavings will be made.

DAY  2
After all the practise you have done yesterday we will now make a garden dibber.

DAY  3
Today our project will be to make a candlestick holder.

DAY 4
Today we are going to make a kitchen roll holder.

DAY  5
This is the last day and you will have a good basic knowledge of wood turning. Hopefully  you may even want to take it up when you go back to school.
To finish of our course, today we are going to make our very own pen.

COST
Cost of this course is €170 per person. This includes all materials and all items made on the course are going home with the student.

I look forward to introducing you to this wonderful craft.

COURSE TIMES
This Course is run over a 5 day period, Monday to Friday. Class times are 9.30 am until 12.30 pm. Classes commence weekly on Mon 9th, Mon 16th, Mon 23rd and Mon 30th. See the month of June in the calender below for more detail on dates:

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Weekly Class – level 3

*This is a continuation class from our level 2 class.

Description : As before this is a ten week structured course and consists of ten 2 hour lessons based over eleven weeks. We will stop for one week due to mid term break.

After completing the level 1 and level 2 courses, the student should now have a good grounding in woodturning techniques. This course allows the student to advance further those skills through structured projects in a safe environment and under the tutelage of an accomplished woodturner.

All equipment and materials are provided, if however you have some Woodturning tools of your own, you should bring them along and you are welcome to use them. Full face visors are provided and must be worn at all times even if you have eye glasses. 

Fee (€) : 300 

Duration : 10 weeks (2 hour class)

Class size: 3 Students max

Start Date :Spring term (Jan) & Autumn term (Sept)

Course Tutor : Joe Laird (wood turning professional)

Level : Level 3

Who should apply : Woodturning enthusiasts, over 16, that have completed our level 2 course or equivalent 

How to apply : Phone or email us today

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Weekly Class – Level 2

*This is a continuation class from our beginner’s class – level 1.

As before this is a ten week structured course and consists of ten 2 hour lessons based over eleven weeks. We will stop for one week due to mid term break. Most of our classes run alongside VEC time tables so we make every effort to follow their school closure times also. 

In this class we will be working a lot more with the skew chisel and you will produce one or two items made with this tool only. Its good fun and will give you great encouragement when you see the finish that can be achieved with the skew chisel.

BOWL TURNING.
Now we will start on bowl turning, covering basic design, where the bowl comes from in the tree and why, preparing bowl blanks and holding them on the lathe safely.
We will make two small bowls on this course and both will start out as identical bowl blanks. After you complete your first bowl we will start the second bowl immediately and we will play with a new design for this one. You will be amazed at how well a simple little design on this bowl will alter the appearance and change this bowl completely. All bowls on this course are finished with oils that are food safe and can be used in the home if required.

BOX MAKING
At this stage you should have built up good confidence on the lathe and have good tool control with your wood turning tools. We will now make a lidded box which is a very exciting and challenging project. Again we will go through all the ifs, buts’, and why’s etc and we will complete the project by week 10 bringing this course to its end.

EQUIPMENT
All materials and equipment are provided for on this course; if you have some wood turning tools of your own you should bring them along and use them if you wish.
Full face shields are provided and must be worn at all times even if you have eye glasses.

Fee (€) : 300 

Duration : 10 weeks (2 hour class)

Class size: 3 Students max

Start Date :Spring term (Jan) & Autumn term (Sept)

Course Tutor : Joe Laird (wood turning professional)

Level : Level 2

Who should apply : Woodturning enthusiasts, over 16, that have completed our level 1 course or equivalent 

How to apply : Phone or email us today

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Weekly class – level 1

Description : This is a ten week (entry level) course consisting of ten 2 hour lessons based over eleven weeks. We will stop for one week which is mid term break. Attendance is important as the class is structured and progresses each week.

What to expect from your ten week course. As a complete beginner to woodturning you will be instructed with basic woodturning skills and techniques to get you started. We will cover Health &Safety, basic design and finishing. The class is structured, so the wood you practice on will eventually be turned into finished items. You will be using a woodturning lathe, which spins the wood around while you cut it to the desired shape with sharp woodturning tools.

In this course you will practice on soft woods and hard woods. A candle stick holder, a two piece lamp and an egg cup are the items you will make if you complete the course The items that you create are yours to bring home.

All equipment and materials are provided.

Fee (€) : 300

Duration : 10 weeks (2 hour class)

Class size : 3 students max

Start Date : Spring term (Jan) & Autumn term (Sept)

Course Tutor : Joe Laird (wood turning professional)

Level : Level 1 (Beginners)

Who should apply : Young/old/male/female…Anybody with an interest in wood turning, over the age of 16. 

How to apply : Phone or email us today

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Pen Class

This is one of our most popular classes, and this class is designed for absolute beginners. You will be taken through the basic steps of making your very own Wood Turned pen from start to finish. No experience is necessary to take this class, just book your place and prepare to have some fun. The pen you complete will be yours to bring home, and you will be able to tell your friends exactly how you made it.

DURATION :   This class will take approximately three hours
TIMES :            Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings.
COST :              €80 per person

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