What is Woodturning?
Woodturning is to take a piece of raw wood place or hold it in a lathe and with Sharp tools make an item which is both practical and pleasing to behold.
Most of my work is commissioned
I have the ability to produce beautiful round wooden objects from either a sketch, drawing photograph or from a sample or alternatively you can choose from one of my own woodturning samples.
I also enjoy the challenge of working with interior designers to produce pieces to their own designs and high standards.
Commissions are undertaking and clients are welcome to visit my studio and discus in detail their design requirements.
Woodcarving on woodturning
While my ability in this area is limited, as can be seen from some of the images below, I do have the ability to carry out some carving to woodturnings.
Commissioned items for the joinery
I find myself regularly being commissioned to turn wooden items for the joinery, marine, engineering, precast concrete shop fitting cabinet making, and antique industries to mention but a few.
This is woodturning work which goes in some ways even beyond normal woodturning ie exquisite chunky curtain poles and fittings, bay window curtain poles, therming 2, 3 & 4 sided, twist work and fluted turning etc.
Over many years I have been commissioned to make cupboard door knobs mainly for painted kitchens, These have been made in many different timbers, sizes and styles, as I turn these free hand, these can be made to your individual requirements. .
Materials, Maximums and Pricing
I can supply many species of wood both native and exotic or alternatively the customer can supply a quality piece of their own which I will be happy to turn.
As my lathe of choice is a large cast iron Wadkin RS 8 woodturning lathe, now 50 years old and going strong, this woodturning machine has the capability to turn up to 2050mm between centres x 300mm dia, it will also faceplate turn up to 1m.
Woodturning Prices are available on request following consultation, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or enquires.
O N Woodturning was formed in 1986 by myself David O’Neill, after having served an apprenticeship as a joiner and working in the trade.
I always yearned to work with wood at a higher level which reviled the true beauty of the raw material, while manufacturing items which are both practical and challenging to make, this is why I choose the path of woodturning.
Being mostly self taught and with the experience the many years have brought have found myself teaching and demonstrating my woodturning skills in Ireland and abroad. My woodturning work has found its way to many places inc Eire GB Channel isles and America. As I am the wood turner myself employing no one you can be assured of a personal friendly woodturning service, with all work carried out to the highest possible standard with attention paid to the smallest detail.
What influences me?
I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of Co Antrim and with the Braid valley close by I find my creative woodturning designs being influenced by nature and architectural design, which often results in designs which are simple yet extremely elegant.