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Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair 2017

Posted: Tue, 31 October 2017, 16:21

We would like to cordially invite you to The Carpentry Store Annual Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair on Friday 10th November 10am – 6pm & Saturday 11th November 10am – 5pm in the M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.
 
Come along and see demonstrations in Woodturning, Woodcarving, Wood finishing, Pyrography, Sharpening, Hand & Power Tools, Hobby & Trade Machinery, Routing Clinics and everything you will need for your woodworking projects.
 
This year we have over twenty demonstrators and a number of new ones that will make your visit to the Fair informative and entertaining. Our main demonstrator is the woodturner Ronald Kanne from The Netherlands and he will be joined by others demonstrating in Ireland for the first time.
 
There is an entry fee of €5.00 per person on the door and there will be a Free draw and Free Parking Areas on the day. We hope that you can join us to celebrate the joy of woodwork. For up to date details please follow this link… www.thecarpentrystore.com
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
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Noel, Ann & Patrick Fay


Thinking of doing a Craft Fair this year?

Posted: Wed, 16 August 2017, 20:34

Thinking of doing a Craft Fair this year?

Craft Fair season is fast approaching and it’s time to take a look at some of the major Do’s & Don’ts. To get the best results from your efforts we have a couple of pointers that should give you an idea on what is required to help you to succeed out there. Once you have identified a craft market, car boot sale or even a table in your community hall the principles are still the same…

First of all contact the organiser for as much detail on the size and position of your allotted space. This will allow you mark out and mock up your stall before you arrive at the venue. You should get a sign made up with your logo or a simple message so people can identify you and tell others about you. When you are ready to layout most find a white cloth works for the display area as it keeps the focus on the products you are selling. Keep colours to the background and edges to draw attention. Your products should be evenly spaced out so that it’s neither cluttered nor sparse. You should add height to draw attention to a featured product; this can be done simply, by just wrapping a cardboard box. If you have extra stock with you keep it out of sight and as you sell something replace it. Don’t forget to keep checking your display to ensure it’s tidy and inviting throughout the day.

Once you have decided on your layout the next step if not the most important thing is pricing. Make sure every item is priced clearly and that you offer a range of products at various prices. Not everyone may be willing to buy your most expensive item but may wish to buy something small to support you. Another favourite is having a special offer on certain lines… Buy Three get the Fourth Free. Everyone loves a bargain. More and more people are selling on line in the craft area and a visit to www.etsy.ie will give you a good idea on what everyone else is selling and how much for, this should give you a guide for your own price points. A couple of other things to keep in mind when selling… have plenty of change and look into accepting credit cards, there are a couple of apps out there that you can use through a smartphone like www.sumup.ie

When a customer does drop by your stall be sure to smile and make eye contact. Greet them and make some small talk, don’t go straight into sales patter as you might scare them away. They will ask if they are interested. If they don’t buy don’t become disheartened, give them a business card with your contact details and your website. Always thank them for stopping by. We have all passed stalls where the salesperson is sitting at the back of the stall looking bored or reading a book… don’t be that guy or gal. If you are a craft worker and need a break have a project you are working on in your hand. This will generate interest in what you are doing and will bring a connection to your work. Everyone likes to know how it’s made but beware of your time… other crafters will not buy your work.


Woodworking on Social Media

Posted: Wed, 17 May 2017, 10:48

Woodworking on Social Media

Everywhere we look nowadays, people are using their phones and tablets for communication, business, relaxation and information. There is so much information available that we consume it on the go and anytime we stop. Everyone has an opinion and they share it. Sometimes that makes it more and more difficult to get the right piece of advice for that project you are working on. A recent statistic from YouTube claims that over 400 hours of video are being uploaded every minute and it is rising all the time. We took some time and had a look at some videos that were relevant to woodworking. We noticed that there are still plenty of opportunities for someone to design projects and describe what they are doing clearly.

Was it simpler before? Norm Abram in the New Yankee Workshop was our first experience of a televised woodworking show. The programmes always followed the same format where Norm would select a project and take us through the relevant steps. Now over the past couple of years with the growth of Video Blogging on YouTube we see woodworkers explore new ideas and products on a weekly basis. Facebook woodworking groups offer instant responses and you can quickly get a consensus on the information needed. While Instagram and Pinterest offer inspiration for woodworkers they are also another platform for them to show their skills.

As you know we were delighted to welcome April Wilkerson to The Carpentry Store recently. April is a self-taught maker who films what she is learning and how she puts it into practice. After a very short period of time she has generated a large following and now makes her living from her channel.  She communicates to her audience through Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. It was fascinating listening to her story and after talking to some of the people who travelled long distances to meet her this brought home the power of social media. So this week we decided to have a look at some of the other online woodworkers out there and have come up with our favourite Top Ten.

  1.  April Wilkerson… Just because we’re biased
  2.  The Wood Whisperer
  3.  Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal
  4.  Steve Ramsey – Woodworking For Mere Mortals
  5.  Samurai Carpenter
  6.  Paul Sellers
  7.  The Homestead Craftsman
  8.  Laura Kampf
  9.  Sandra Powell – Sawdust Girl
  10. Norm Abram – The New Yankee Workshop - old episodes

After you have spent a couple of hours being inspired by the ones on our list maybe you will want to create your own channel and bring us all on your journey of discovery. Who knows - you might even pick up a channel sponsor and get paid for product placements, go on tours and end up being famous for something that you love doing. 


April Wilkerson is coming to The Carpentry Store

Posted: Mon, 13 March 2017, 20:01

April Wilkerson to visit The Carpentry Store on 1st April

We are delighted to announce that YouTube sensation April Wilkerson will be visiting The Carpentry Store on 1st April 2017 and we would like to extend an invitation to all the woodworkers in Ireland to come along and meet her. Don’t miss the chance to see her at work as she launches the Triton Power Tool Academy in The Carpentry Store.

April is a woodworker who only started to use power tools in early 2013 to make furniture for her home. Driven by a desire to build her own she soon found herself putting together video tutorials that her audience could easily follow. April now sticks to building the things that she wants and needs in her life but the big difference is she brings a camera along. Sharing the information on how she completes her projects has become just as big of an obsession as doing the actual projects.

She sets a project that inspires you to pick up a tool to build something that you didn’t think you could. Her yes you can attitude makes you believe you can try something new. “Don’t be afraid just because you don’t know how (yet). Be cautious and safe, but if you have the motivation to build something, then take it one step at a time and even if it takes you a week to build a box, you should still build that box.”

April is a born and bred Texas girl who grew up on the coast, but now lives in Fort Worth with her husband Cody and a little herd of rescue animals. Don't miss this opportunity to chat and get your photograph taken with April on her visit to The Carpentry Store.

On Saturday 1st April we will also have a woodturning demonstration with Seamus Cassidy, Pyrography with Lisa Shackleton and a Marquetry demonstration from Godfrey Shackleton. The fun starts at 10am and will run to 3pm so drop in and meet everybody. Lisa and Godfrey are also running some courses on 30th & 31st March, click here for more information if you are interested in trying something new.


Andrew Hall Visit

Posted: Sat, 14 January 2017, 18:30

Andrew Hall Visit

Come and See Andrew Hall at The Carpentry Store on Wednesday 18th January at 7pm.

Andrew will be making a Banjo Bowl and will hopefully have time to play it at the end of the evening. He will also talk about his hat making and will answer questions.

Cover Charge of €10.00

Includes Tea & Coffee.

Andrew Hall:

International Demonstrator, Woodworker, Woodturner and Wood Hat Milliner. Born in 1961, he has had a passion for working with wood all of his life.

His woodworking career started when he served a five year apprenticeship with Blue Circle Industries at Weardale in the Pennines.

His first influence in woodturning was at the age of 14 when the woodwork teacher gave freely of his time three evenings a week to educate some very keen students in woodworking, furniture making and woodturning. To this day they have remained in touch and have all carved out careers in wood associated business.

At the age of 22 he had the opportunity to teach apprentices at three colleges in the North East of England.

After teaching apprentices carpentry and joinery for 20 years he decided to rekindle his love of woodturning and has been turning professionally for the last 8 years, specialising in making wood hats and Corinthian helmets.

He also turns conventional bowls, natural edged vessels and staircase spindles.

He teaches small groups of a maximum of three in his workshop both woodturning and woodworking and when time allows he loves to turn one-off pieces of artistic woodturning.

Andrew supplies a small amount of galleries with his work and manufactures bespoke woodturning pieces made to the customer’s requirements.

He also teaches and demonstrates woodturning to clubs, schools, women’s institute groups, arts centres and countryside agency groups.

This has given him the opportunity to teach and demonstrate all throughout the UK, Germany, Belgium and Ireland.

He was the founder and former chairman of Wear Valley Woodturners and he also writes articles for woodworking and woodturning related magazines.


Seasons Greetings 2016

Posted: Wed, 21 December 2016, 20:41

Seasons Greetings 2016

First of all we would like to thank everyone for their support and custom during 2016 and to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Also just a quick reminder that we’re open until 8pm on Thursday and until 5.30pm on Friday 23rd December. We close for our annual holidays on Friday until 3rd of January.

We think you will agree it was an eventful year and we had many enjoyable days. The year was packed with Love, Launches, Celebrations and Demonstrations.

Love was in the air early in the year when Alan came in to get some timber to make an engagement ring for Catherine and they were followed by Patrick & Julie who were looking for some exotic hardwood for their wedding rings and materials to make wedding favours. Congratulations to you all and we hope you have long and happy lives together.

The year also saw a couple of Launches like the new Tormek T8 watercooled sharpening system. We were delighted when Glenn Lucas came along to demonstrate and launch this new innovation from Tormek. In November we had the pleasure of launching and using the new Nova Galaxy Lathe at our Woodwork Hobby & Craft Fair. We are pleased to announce that next year’s fair will take place on the 10th & 11thNovember 2017. 

The celebrations continued when Stuart Hayes won the Cornerstone Project in Bolton Street D.I.T. The Carpentry Store has been the proud sponsor of The Cornerstone Project in Furniture & Joinery Manufacture for the past couple of years. We wish Stuart and all his classmates every success as they embark on their woodworking careers.

We had many demonstrations over the year covering a wide range of topics. We want to thank all our demonstrators who shared their skills and brought the wood to life. You can see some of the examples of their work around the shop. Just to mention one… Emmet Kane’s exhibition is ending on 8th January in Collins Barracks. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the visit… and it’s free. For more details…

http://www.museum.ie/Decorative-Arts-History/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/Twenty-Seven-Years-of-the-work-of-Irish-Woodturner

Looking forward to the New Year we have a couple of new brands on the way and we will be opening our Academy where we will have permanent displays of working Power Tools and Machinery. As part of the developments in 2017 we are opening our new fully equipped classroom and demonstration theatre. We hope you will join us for some of the classes, which will be shown on our events page. Our next demonstration is on 18th January at 7pm with Andrew Hall. Once again thank you for your support and we will see you in the New Year in-store or at one of our Pop-up displays around the country.


Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair 2016

Posted: Tue, 18 October 2016, 09:21

We would like to invite you to join us at this year's Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair. It starts at 2pm on Friday 4th November until 8pm and again on Saturday 5th November 10am - 5pm in The Carpentry Store, Naas.

Over the two days we have live demonstrations, clinics and talks. There will be experts on hand to answer questions and inform you of the latest in the woodworking world. No matter your area of interest we are sure to have it covered with Woodturning, Woodcarving, Wood Finishing, Pyrography, Routing, Cabinetry, Machinery, Hand and Power tools.

On Friday only meet:

Les Thorne

Les is a woodturner who has spent many years perfecting his craft. In 2001 he was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners. He will be demonstrating some woodturning projects and will also be discussing how to achieve a wide range of finishes using Chestnut Products.

Barry McKenna

Barry is from Eclipse and will be on hand to discuss their Clamps, Vices and the wide range of handsaws.

Our list of demonstrators for Friday & Saturday include:

Phil Irons – Woodturning Demonstrations

Clive Brooks – Woodturning Demonstrations & the Robert Sorby Trade Stand

Sean Keogh – Nova, The Launch of the new Galaxy Lathe & discussing the Nova Chuck Range

Mark O’Halloran – Tormek Sharpening & Accessories

Nick Brown – Jet Machinery

Shaye Chatfield – Axminster Machinery

Donal Grogan – Lie-Nielsen & Veritas Hand Tools,

Paul Summerfield – Proxxon, Power tools & Accessories with Multiple Hobby uses

Jane Cook – The Rocking Horse Shop, accompanied by Michael “the Carver”

Lisa – Pyrography Artist with Peter Childs

James Barry – Diamond Sharpening Guru

Sam Abernathy – Routing Clinic & Trend Demonstrations, accompanied by Kyle

Paddy Kelly – Scroll Saw Projects

Lucio Cicoleccia & Oliver Hill – Woodoc Wood Finishes

Josie Shaw – Kreg Jig Projects & Demonstrations

Mark Smith – Triton Work Centre & Biscuit Jointer Launch

Steve – Triton Power Tool Demonstrations

- Lamello, Jointing Systems

On Saturday only meet:


Lie-Nielsen Demonstration this November

Posted: Sun, 02 October 2016, 17:52

Lie-Nielsen November Visit

Deneb Puchalski from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks will be visiting Ireland and the UK this November and we are delighted to welcome him back to The Carpentry Store. Lie-Nielsen is now one of the most admired hand tool brands in the world, known for the highest quality and making the craft of woodworking a pleasure. Deneb is a hand tool and sharpening expert and he will be in action in The Carpentry Store on 10th November and a visit to see him is a must, as you are sure to learn something new.

This is a great opportunity for woodworkers and Lie-Nielsen fans to talk directly to one of the most highly respected and popular demonstrators on the woodworking scene. Topics for discussion will include sharpening and tool care and, in particular, how to get the best from these quality tools. Deneb is a regular demonstrator on the North American circuit, and his passion and enthusiasm for the tools he works with are clear to all who have seen his demonstrations. So mark the 10th November into your diary now and we will have the time shortly.

Deneb’s whistle-stop tour will continue on to the UK and to Axminster Tools & Machinery in Cardiff on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, and then to the North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show in Harrogate (Friday 18-Sunday 20), where he will be demonstrating on the Axminster stand.


Tormek T-8 Launch

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016, 18:24

Today (10th May 2016) at 3pm saw launch of the new Tormek T-8. From all accounts it is a great improvement over the T-7 and places Tormek as the undisputed No1 system for tool sharpening.

 
We have been fans of Tormek in The Carpentry Store since we opened and these sharpening systems feature prominently at all our demonstration days. So it's great news that they have gotten even better. The key improvements are: New modern design looks good and is sturdier, for the best accuracy.

SE-77 makes square grinding easy.

Trough setting 1000% easier.

Trough cleaning 1000% smarter with tool included.

Oil included to set up leather wheel.

Steel plate makes angle setter storage easy.

Lighter frame for easier storage

However you'll have to wait a little longer to get our hands on one as they won't be available here until early June. 
You can call any of us here in The Carpentry Store at 045 883088 to reserve one. We are sure you will delighted with the results.

 


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