Conor Lynch is a woodturner based in rural County Offaly. He started woodturning at the age of eleven after seeing a demonstration and, when he was twelve, he bought a lathe with his confirmation money. He is largely self-taught – many of his early works were used as firewood. Now he is considered one of Ireland’s leading emerging makers working in turned wood and regularly participates in craft fairs around the country, including the RDS Christmas Craft Fair. He is a member of the Offaly Crafty collective of makers and artists. He has work in private collections in America, Australia, France and Mexico and one of his bowls was presented to President Mary MacAleese 2011. In 2014 he was on Junior Dragon’s Den where he secured a €2,000 bursary and mentoring from Peter Casey.
I was recently on Junior Dragons Den, and I secured a €2000 bursary and mentoring from Peter Casey! To watch my pitch, just click on the following link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBvMy1lQP4&feature=youtu.be
All the wood I use is sustainably sourced, either from trees that had to be cut down because of old age, disease etc, or firewood piles. I also use off-cuts from larger companies for my pieces.
If you want a bowl, platter, box or anything else made especially for you, I can do that! Just send me an email with the approximate size you want it, any engravements or a particular kind of wood you want. I will email back with the approximate price and how long it will take. Please note that the price for commissions may be higher than the price shown for ready-made bowls, platters and boxes being sold in my shop.
Examples of commisions I make are guitar stands, boxes and pens, aswell as bowls, platters etc.
I mostly use Ash, Beech and Sycamore for my items, simply because these are the most common woods to find in Ireland. I also use Oak, Yew, Teak, Cherry, Walnut, Laburnum, Mahogany, Eucalyptus, Elm, Flamed Beech, Whitethorn, Iroko, Tulip, Poplar, Bog Oak, Redwood, Apple wood and Plum wood. I particularly like the patterns on spalted woods-mainly Ash and Beech