Turning Point Design, in Laghey, Co Donegal, was created by my friend Michael Doherty after he retired. He has been wood turning for over 10 years. Spending most of his time in his workshop, Michael spends hours creating pieces of art. He ensures that each is finished to a high standard and when he’s done with a piece he signs them all so that wherever in the world it might end up, he feels that its still connected to him.
Michael is also environmentally conscious. He believes that trees are a beautiful and important part of the natural landscape. “Trees protect our world by preventing erosion and providing shelter in and under their foliage for all the natural flora and fauna of the area, he says. “They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the air around us.. so why would we chop them down just for art?”
Michael will only use wood from trees that have fallen naturally, have been blown down in storms or from trees which needed to be cut down due to health and safety reason or for development purposes.
He believes his function is to release the beauty of the wood so that it may remain forever a testament to its self. You can be sure that any product you buy from him didn’t come from a tree that was chopped down for the sake of wood turning. They are all just beautiful hand crafted by-products!
Michael also does commission work. If you have a suitable piece of wood with sentimental value in your garden, or elsewhere, Michael can turn this into a piece which will hold its sentimentality for decades. Do take a look at the commission section of his website for more info and samples of previous commissioned pieces.
I offered to write a post for Michael’s Turning Point Design to help him get some attention for his work and he offered me a gift to give away as a prize. So I have a superb hand-turned Beech Wood Pen to give away to one lucky winner before Christmas.
To Enter: Simply Click the LIKE button to “Like” Turning Point Design on Facebook
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One Winner will be picked out on Monday 16th December, so make sure you leave a contact detail in the comments. For more on Michael Doherty and Turning Point Design see www.turningpointdesign.org. His online shop is coming soon and you can contact him through his Facebook page facebook.com/turningpointdesign.