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Updated Trading Arrangements from 10th August 2020

Posted: Sun, 17 May 2020, 22:43

Dear Customer,

We hope you and your family are safe & well and we want to thank you for your continued support and custom over the past number of weeks and months.

We are glad to inform you The Carpentry Store is open but from Monday 10th August you MUST Wear A Mask or suitable face covering if you wish to visit the store.

We have made a number of changes to the way we conduct our day-to-day business. New infrastructure and procedures have been put in place to protect the health & safety of our customers, employees & visitors. Some of the new measures include revised operating hours, Perspex screens at counters & limited numbers in store. Please read the guidelines set out below so you know what to expect & consider before calling to the store during this initial re-opening phase.

Temporary Operating Hours

Monday – Friday

8.30am – 5.30pm Closed for Lunch 1.00 pm - 1.30pm

Last entry is 5.15pm


9am – 1pm

Our Cutting Service will NOT resume on 10th August... we will advise of a restart date in due course. In preparation for the resumption of this service we recommend that any requests placed prior to lockdown be re-confirmed by emailing

Click & Collect, Phone & Email Orders

The Click & Collect option on our website has now re-opened.

Orders can also be rang through to 045-883088 (for collection or delivery)

Orders can be emailed to (for collection or delivery)

We encourage you, where possible to use these options to avoid delays and the need to queue.

Collections are to be made from the rear of our building at a dedicated zone. You will receive a phone call/email confirming your order is ready. Please DO NOT travel to the store until you receive this confirmation.

While we will endeavour to enable same day collection this may not be possible in some cases.

Visiting The Store.


A limit of SIX customers will be allowed in the main store at any time.

A maximum of THREE people can queue outside our store. Please wait at your car & NOT on the road if there are already three people queuing.

Your time in store will be limited to 15 minutes so come prepared with a list, browsing cannot be permitted at this time.

A hand sanitisation station is located inside the door and customers must use it both entering & leaving the store.

Social distancing must be strictly adhered to. Two meter zones have been marked both inside & outside the store - One person per zone!

Payment to be made by card where possible please - Contactless limit has been increased to €50.

If you intend purchasing timber please bring your own measuring tape.

Do not handle items you do not intend to purchase.

Demonstration tools & products have been removed from display.

Updated Trading Arrangements from 5th May

Posted: Wed, 18 March 2020, 18:37

Updated Trading Arrangements from 5th May 2020

Due to the revised government restrictions The Carpentry Store is now closed until 18th May. We will endeavour to dispatch online orders with DPD. You can also email in your orders to Please send your name, contact number and your requirements and we will try to contact you as soon as possible. Please note due to the restriction we can only offer a limited service at this time and some items may be out of stock until after the 18th May. Thank you for your understanding.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted: Sun, 22 December 2019, 19:47

On behalf of everyone in The Carpentry Store we want to sincerely thank you for your support and custom during the year and take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2020.

To say we had a magical year in the store is a bit of an understatement. When RTÉ Nationwide came in to film what we do, it was a great honour.  The support and good wishes we received afterwards was humbling and again we want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts. It definitely was a great way to start a wonderful year.

We had the great privilege to welcome President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina onto our stand at Ireland Skills Live. He took a great interest into what we were doing and wished us the best. Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD tried his hand at planing some timber with the Lie-Nielsen No. 62 low angle jack plane as hundred of students watched on.

In January we started our demonstration series and were delighted to welcome back Andrew Hall who had two visits to the store this year. Fr. Jim Cogley gave a very insightful talk on Easter Saturday and Joe Laird dazzled us with his three sided bowl. In our classroom we had more successful courses with The Rocking Horse Shop, Sam Abernathy (Routing) and Seamus Cassidy (Woodturning). Our course range will expand during 2020 and we hope to inspire more people to find the joy of woodworking.

May was another memorable month when our Woodworking Open Day was well supported and we got great advice from Glenn Lucas, Clive Day and the Team from Festool. Later in the month we were delighted to continue our support of Naas Racecourse Business Club and there was great laughter when the aptly named Woody Creek won the race and not one of us had backed it when we presented the prize to the winning trainer Fozzy Stack. Once again we were proud to sponsor the Cornerstone Project in Bolton Street and want to congratulate this years winner Paul Warren.

Our Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair was another great success and saw the launch of many new products. We had more demonstrators than ever before. This year was really special as we were treated to a Masterclass from Deneb Puchalski and Kaitlin from the Lie-Nielsen Factory. Deneb spoke passionately about sharpening, tool care and gave practical tips on how to get the most out of your tools. Deneb also spent a couple of days with us after the fair travelling to various colleges and to Benchspace in Cork. We want to thank all our dedicated staff, volunteers and demonstrators who shared their skills over the two days. We are already looking forward to next year… Friday 6th & Saturday 7th November 2020.

We hope you will join us again in-store in 2020 for some of the demonstrations or classes, which will be shown on our events page. Keep an eye out for one of our Pop-up displays as we travel around the country. Finally, just a quick reminder that we’re open until 4pm on Monday 23rd December. We close for our annual holidays and reopen on Thursday 2nd of January. All in all it was a pretty amazing year in The Carpentry Store and once again thank you for your support and custom.

Tormek Sharpening Open Day 27th June 2pm

Posted: Wed, 12 June 2019, 17:03

Stay Sharp this Summer
Sharpening Demonstration in Association with Tormek
Thursday 27th June 2019 2pm – 8pm
Come join us on Thursday 27th June 2019 for a Free Sharpening event in association with Tormek. We all know woodworking is far more enjoyable with super sharp tools so if it is something you struggle with our demonstrators will be on hand to give you advice & tips. You are invited to bring along a tool you’d like sharpened - limited to two tools per person please.
Whether you already own one of the world renowned Tormek systems or are looking to purchase a sharpening set up this is the event for you. We’ll have all the Tormek models in action including the T8, T4 & Bushcraft & will be demonstrating the NEW diamond wheels along with all the latest handtool, woodturning jigs and bench grinder conversion kits.
There will be special offers across the Tormek range including a FREE rotating base with any Tormek machine purchased up until 31st July 2019.  Weather permitting we’ll be treating all attendees to a BBQ under the Tormek tent from 6pm – 8pm.  And as always free tea & coffee throughout the day!
Our Tormek Sharpening courses are now available to book under our courses section. Choose from either “Focus on Handtools” or “Focus on Woodturning Tools”. Both courses are limited to 5 students. Each student will enjoy 6hours individual tuition have use of their own machine & are encouraged to bring their own tools to sharpen. Refreshments & lunch are included. Course costs €110.00 but book before Monday 17thJune to get a 10% discount and a €15.00 Tormek Voucher when you complete the course. Making it an ideal Father’s Day gift.

Tormek Watercooled Sharpening System

Woodworking Day Friday 17th May

Posted: Sun, 12 May 2019, 14:20

Join us here in The Carpentry Store this coming Friday 17th May 10am - 4pm for a special woodworking day. We have live demonstrations and are delighted to launch more new products & machinery.
Glenn Lucas is coming back to The Carpentry Store and will be showing us how to get from a tree to a bowl using his various techniques and the Oneway coring system. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, get advice and have all your woodturning questions answered by one of the world’s best woodturners.
Clive Day will be on-hand to show the finer points of the Tormek water-cooled sharpening system. Why not bring along one of your chisels or plane irons to be sharpened by a specialist. Clive will have some special offers on the day but more importantly he will be glad to help you get the most out of your Tormek.
The Festool Team will be joining us also on Friday as part of their Tour of Ireland. Come and meet Vinny & John, see tool demonstrations, the newest products and get advice from the experts. They will have a number of specials during the day and there will be some great deals on ex-display items. This is an ideal opportunity for Festool Fan’s to get something special.
We hope you can make it and to see you all in-store again soon. We are situated in Unit D4, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Just off junction 10 on the M7 motorway. We look forward to seeing you there. 

RTE Nationwide visit The Carpentry Store

Posted: Sun, 24 February 2019, 18:50

Wood You Believe

Posted: Sun, 10 February 2019, 14:16

Wood You Believe

We have teamed up with Fr. Jim Cogley for a special demonstration and talk about his woodturning and carvings... entitled Wood you Believe. "See wood in a new light, See yourself in the light of wood." The demonstration is taking place upstairs in The Carpentry Store on "Easter Saturday" 20th April between 10.00am to 2.00pm. There is a cover charge of €10.00.

This is a wonderful way to have your creativity reawakened and be inspired with a host of new ideas.

Fr Jim Cogley is a woodturner, psychotherapist and author to eight books in the Wood You Believe series. Using dozens of his own creations he will facilitate this unique workshop that is guaranteed to enable you to see possibilities in wood you never dreamed possible. So come along and join us for what is sure to be a wonderful event.

Woodwork, Hobby and Craft Fair 2018

Posted: Mon, 29 October 2018, 14:57

We would like to cordially invite you to The Carpentry Store Annual Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair on Friday 9th November 10am – 6pm & Saturday 10th 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 else you will need for your woodworking projects.

Again 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 woodturning demonstrators are Martin Saban – Smith, Les Thorne & Clive Brooks. We also have a newcomer in the Fine Woodworking World Matt Estlea. You can see some of Matt’s work on his YouTube Channel. They will be joined by the team from the Rocking Horse Shop, Matt from Triton Power Tools, Pyrography Artist Lisa Shackleton, Sam Abernathy from Trend Routing, Festool’s Vincent Howard and a host of other well known demonstrators during the Fair so keep an eye on our website for more details as they arise.

There is an entry fee of €5.00 per person on the door and there will be draws and spot prizes. We have some Free Parking Areas on the day so please follow the steward’s directions. We hope that you can join us to celebrate the joy of woodwork.

Yours sincerely

Noel, Ann & Patrick Fay

Pen Turning

Posted: Sun, 12 August 2018, 08:20

Pen Turning – A Precious Gift

Over the past couple of months pen turning has been the talk of the store. There seems to be resurgence of interest in the humble pen. We have requests for advice and suggestions on how to create one as a precious gift. No matter if it is for a simple present to say thank you, for a graduation gift, signing the registry at a wedding or to finalise a divorce, the pen is making its presence felt.

With the right combination of Wood or Acrylic matched with the right pen kit you can create a beautiful, functional item that will be treasured. So if you have access to a lathe you can get started by not spending a lot of money and you will have a lot of fun doing it. We have set out our 4 steps below which we hope explain the process simply but if you would like to discuss it further just drop into the store.

Step one – Preparing the blank

We suggest that you start with a 7mm standard pen kit and a hardwood off cut. The first step is to roughly cut your wood into two pieces 20mm by 55mm and drill a 7mm hole through the centre of the blank. Sand the brass tubes, apply a thick Cyanoacrylate glue (Superglue), insert the tubes and allow to dry. When dry, use the barrel trimming tool to square the ends. Next slide the tubes onto a pen mandrill allowing two spacers, a tube, two spacers, a tube, two spacers and lock them in place.

Step two – Turning the blank

Take the pen mandrill to the lathe and placed the tapered end into the headstock. (The mandrills are available in 1 Morse taper or 2 Morse taper). Using your revolving centre in the tailstock line the point up with the dimple in the end of the mandrill. Remember not to apply too much pressure as this will bend the mandrill. You then rough down and shape to size with your sharp tools. At this point pay particular attention to the spacers (bushings) as they are the same size as the parts of your pen kit and this will allow for a flush fit.

Step three – Sanding and finishing the blank

Once you’re happy with your shape it’s time to sand. Using P180 should be a good starting point on these small pieces followed by P240 and then P320. It is advisable to use a cloth back abrasive and not let your work get hot while sanding. As we are hoping that the pen gets many years of use it is important to put on a hard durable finish. While some favour oils that nourish the wood and blends beeswax’s will give it a nice feel, these can dull with use. Two light coats of sanding sealer and a satin or high gloss finish will give a longer lasting finish but choosing a finish is part of the fun. Remember when sanding between coats, use a light hand and sand in the direction of the grain. 

Step four – Assembly of the pen 

Normally assembly instructions are available with most pen kits and it’s advisable to lay out all the parts before you start. As they need to be pressed together you should make a couple of jigs to help hold the parts as you press them together so that the nib doesn’t get damaged.  Be mindful of the polished blanks during this process as they can get scratched while working around vices. The final piece is presentation; choosing a nice pen case or box can really show off your creativity.

As you can see it is not too difficult to turn a pen, so why not give it a try. As always, wear your safety equipment and heed the finishing and lathe manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation and use.




Posted: Sun, 25 February 2018, 20:25

Next week will see the opening of our new timber store. While we were arranging the various planks from around the world it was hard not to admire their beauty and imagine their future. As part of our commitment to manufacturing the finest furniture and craft pieces we are ensuring our future and environmental responsibility by purchasing our wood from managed forests that have replanting programmes. This is a practical way to ensure you enjoy your furniture knowing that future generations will also benefit.

Wood makes us feel comfortable and close to nature. Everyone who has run their finger along the grain or noticed the distinctive smell… it evokes a memory of the majestic giants swaying in the wind. No one will ever understand wood as it is as unique as you or I. It is a magical natural material that has brought joy to us all. You could nearly say we have all grown from little acorns. From childhoods climbing on trees, walking in forests or even carving a loved one’s name, nature has provided us with this valuable renewable resource that is flexible to use, from the construction of homes right down to the finest piece of hand crafted furniture that decorates our rooms.

So when you are passing drop in and see our timber store and create the future.

Woodworking Tools

Posted: Sun, 21 January 2018, 20:04

Woodworking Tools

As the New Year is well and truly upon us and some of our resolutions have fallen to one side it is important to Try Something New every year. Good tools are the extensions of our hands, helping us to express ourselves in the projects we create.


The craft of carpentry can find its way back to early human civilization where simple tools produced great structures and the most practical of furniture. For centuries, we have used wood to transform our lives and the vision of those who swung an axe to those who have made our cabinets all have the same things in common - skill and good tools. So we decided to have a look at what are the most important things a woodworker needs, be they a hobbyist or a professional contractor…


  1. A Note book and pencil – To design, plan and mark out.
  2. A Measuring tape – Don’t forget, measure twice, cut once.
  3. A Scribe – These handy gadgets can help save time.
  4. A Saw – A sharp blade will make life easy.
  5. A Chisel – A good set of chisels with good steel is a must.
  6. A Plane – Electric or hand? Always go for a good hand plane…
  7. A Screwdriver – Make sure they fit comfortably in your hand.
  8. A Level – A good eye will always catch you out.
  9. A Hammer – AKA the persuader “We’ll make it fit.”
  10. A Toolbox – A good robust storage box will protect your investment.


Of course everyone will have their top ten tools that they can not live without but we all agree the basics of carpentry are easy to learn with the right instruction. Buying any tools is an investment and must be correct for the job. So there is no need to get overwhelmed if you are about to tackle your first project, whether it is a DIY repair around the house our you’re going to try building a cabinet there is always someone to offer helpful advice. Books are a good scourse of information and of course we now have YouTube but if you are unsure don’t be afraid to give us a call and well will get you on your way.

Seasons Greetings 2017

Posted: Thu, 21 December 2017, 18:17

On behalf of everyone in The Carpentry Store we want to sincerely thank you for your support and custom during the year and take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2018.

This year in the store was one of the most exciting and memorable so far. In January we were entertained by Andrew Hall when he came along to turn a hat and ended up turning a Blues Bowl Banjo and playing it at the end of the evening. We had so much fun with him we booked him to be our main demonstrator for our Fair in 2019.

On the 1st April we welcomed the world renowned YouTuber and Woodworker April Wilkerson. April spent the day meeting fans and telling us about why she started her channel. She was one of the most friendly and open guests we have had here and easily won the hearts of the Irish woodworkers.

We also launched our classroom and demonstration theatre during the year and ran some successful courses with Michael Wem (The Rocking Horse Shop), Sam Abernathy (Routing), Lisa Shackleton (Pyrography) and Les Thorne (Woodturning). During 2018 we will be expanding the range of courses and adding more facilities. We also have some exciting new brands on the way and we will be opening our Academy where we will have permanent displays of working Power Tools and Machinery in the spring.

Our Woodwork, Hobby & Craft Fair was our most succesful yet and saw the launch of many new products and we had more demonstrators than ever before. 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 store. We are already looking forward to next year… Friday 9th & Saturday 10th November 2018.

We hope you will join us again in-store in 2018 for some of the demonstrations or classes, which will be shown on our events page. Keep an eye out for one of our Pop-up displays as we travel around the country. Finally just a quick reminder that we’re open until 7pm on Friday and until 1.30pm on Saturday 23rd December. We close for our annual holidays on Saturday until 2nd of January.

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…
Yours sincerely
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 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

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…

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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