Saturday, September 7, 2013

Trip to Lorcan & Anne Dunne in Kerry

Twenty members of the Cork Chapter travelled to Lorcan Dunnes workshop, The Old Schoolhouse, Blackwater Bridge, Kenmare, Co Kerry, for their annual outing 2013.
We met at Togher HQ, at 9am and travelled by bus to Lorcans arriving at 10.30. Shortly after he began his first demo which I must say was excellent and greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all present.

We then enjoyed a beautiful and substantial lunch prepared by Anne.  After lunch we relaxed in the warm sunshine and also admired the pieces in their Studio/Gallery. Lorcan informed us that Anne his wife is also an accomplished turner and is the one who does all the colouring of their pieces.

We then returned to the workshop,where Lorcan turned a beautiful box. Then the inevitable turners discussion on wood, tools, techniques etc took place. We then had a further trip to the house for more tea/coffee and a recital on the uilleann pipes played by John Mitchell and Lorcan it was indeed beautiful .
Both John and Lorcan are professional  pipe makers.  John also a professional music teacher both of the pipes, tin whistle, and the flute.

I would like to thank Lorcan, Anne,Monty our cameraman who did an excellent job keeping us informed as to what was going on on the lathe, Lesley who made sure that we were all well fed, again on behalf of us all thank you.

We then headed home, on the bus where many discussions took place, all agreed that it was a very enjoyable and successful day and look forward to the next one.
The reason that only twenty members travelled was that Lorcans workshop could not comfortably accommodate more than that number , when the trip was announced it was agreed that it was the first twenty names that would travel.