Meet the Maker: Eoghan Leadbetter, woodturner

Posted 29.04.21

Meet the Maker: Eoghan Leadbetter, woodturner

Eoghan Leadbetter is a woodturner, furniture maker and DCCI member who works from his studio in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny. Eoghan designs and creates a range of handcrafted sustainable wooden products which focus on form, finish and function. Having grown up in the family–run Jerpoint Glass Studio, one of Ireland’s iconic glass studios, craftsmanship is in his blood. Eoghan's work is available to purchase from his website eoghanleadbetter.com.

What's a typical day in the studio like for you?
I walk across the yard from my house to my studio. I select the wood I need for that day and prepare it for being mounted on the lathe. Most importantly, before I start working I sharpen all the chisels I will be using that day. In fact I sharpen them several times a day - a sharp chisel will leave a smooth finish on the wood. I usually make one thing all day long, you get into a rhythm that way.

What do you like most about your work?
I like that I get to do physical work with my hands; wood is a very tactile material and is a joy to work with.

What's your favourite craft item in your home?
I like a nice coffee cup. I have heaps of cups made by various Irish potters and I couldn’t pick just one.

What's your favourite time of the day?
I like the morning, I like sliding open the doors of my studio and beginning the making process.

How do you switch off?
Woodturning is very relaxing so I don’t often feel the need to switch off but I do like to play piano in my spare time.

How do you start your day?
Two cups of coffee.

Favourite book?
Anything by Ken Follett.

Music when you're working?
Yes

What do you listen to?
Bob Dylan

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