Award-winning Woodturner Robert O’Connor and Photographer Sean Lacey are hosting a joint exhibition in The Woodturning Studio to showcase their work.
Robert has crafted a series of new exhibition pieces to display during this three week event at his studio.
Sean a prolific and gifted photographer will be exhibiting black and white portrait photographs, mostly of local people, which has taken over a number of years. His collection includes some of Gorey’s greatest characters in times past.

Portrait Photography

Black and White portrait photography by Sean Lacey

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

General  Guidlines

A woodturning lathe can be a dangerous piece of workshop equipment in unskilled hands. With attention to the following basic guidelines and careful, methodical, and tidy workshop practice, the incidence of accidents can be drastically reduced.  If in doubt about the safety of any procedure, please seek experienced, or better yet, qualified advice.

  1. Safe, effective use of a wood lathe requires study and knowledge of procedures for using this tool. Read and thoroughly understand the label warnings on the lathe and in the owner’s/operator’s manual.
  2. Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses that include side protectors and a full face shield when needed. Wood dust can be harmful to your respiratory system. Use a dust mask or helmet and proper ventilation (dust collection system) in dusty work conditions. Wear hearing protection during extended periods of operation.
  3. Tie back long hair, do not wear gloves, loose clothing, jewellery or any dangling objects that may catch in rotating parts or accessories.
  4. Check the owner/operator’s manual for proper speed recommendations. Use slower speeds for larger diameter or rough pieces and increased speed for smaller diameters and pieces that are balanced. If the lathe is shaking or vibrating, lower the speed. If the workpiece vibrates, always stop the machine to check the reason.
  5. Make certain that the belt guard or cover is in place. Check that all clamping devices (locks), such as on the tailstock and toolrest are tight.
  6. Rotate your workpiece by hand to make sure it clears the toolrest and bed before turning the lathe “on”. Be sure that the workpiece turns freely and is firmly mounted. It is always safest to turn the lathe “off” before adjusting the tool rest.
  7. Exercise caution when using stock with cracks, splits, checks, bark, knots, irregular shapes or protuberances.
  8. Hold turning tools securely on the toolrest and hold the tool in a controlled but comfortable manner. Always use a slower speed when starting until the workpiece is balanced. This helps avoid the possibility of an unbalanced piece jumping out of the lathe and striking the operator.
  9. When running a lathe in reverse, it is possible for a chuck or faceplate to unscrew unless it is securely tightened on the lathe spindle with a locking machine screw.
  10. Know your capabilities and limits. An experienced woodturner may be capable of techniques and procedures not recommended for beginning turners.
  11. When using a faceplate, be certain the workpiece is solidly mounted. When turning between centres, be certain the workpiece is secure.
  12. Always remove the toolrest before sanding or polishing operations.
  13. Don’t overreach, keep proper footing and balance at all times.
  14. Keep lathe in good repair. Check for damaged parts, alignment, binding of moving parts and other conditions that may affect its operation.
  15. Keep tools sharp and clean for better and safer performance. Wear eye protection when sharpening. Don’t force a blunt tool. Don’t use a tool for a purpose not intended. Keep tools out of reach of children. Do not be tempted to use modified tools, such as converted files.
  16. Consider your work environment. Don’t use lathe in damp or wet locations. Do not use in presence of flammable liquids or gases. Keep work area well lit.
  17. Stay alert. Watch what you are doing, use common sense. Don’t operate tool when you are tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  18. Guard against electric shock. Inspect electric cables regularly for damage. Avoid the use of extension cables. The power outlet supplying the lathe should, for safety, be fitted with RCD protection.
  19. Remove chuck keys and adjusting spanners. Form a habit of checking for these before switching on the lathe.
  20. Never leave the lathe running unattended. Turn power off. Don’t leave the lathe until it comes to a complete stop.

Coloured Platter

Coloured Platter

Short video showing Robert O Connor applying the different steps on finishing a platter after the colour has been added.

Take a look at


This platter can be purchased on this link


Woodturning is a great hobby and can be expecially recommended for the recently retired. It is never to late to learn somethng new and especially with woodturning as there is a great social element with it. The Gorey and District Woodturner hold a monthly meeting at The Woodturning Studio where a group gather and watch a demonstration done by a local or international woodturner.

Learn Woodturning

Details of our courses can be found on our website or press link. Course tutor is Robert O’Connor, each learner is assigned a lathe and tools for the duration of the course and material is provided for the differet projects.

Personalised Gifts

Personalised Gifts

Our personalised gifts make great original presents and conveys your thoughts or perhaps just name and date of that special occassion.

Elm Wall clock

Elm wall clock in the making, Irish elm is now very difficult to come by as the country was left with only a very small amount of healthy mature trees after Dutch Elm disease.

Once as common as ash or oak in Ireland, the elm trees were killed off by a fungus which is carried by flying beetles which eat elm leaves.

Therefore in the Woodturning Studio we get very excited when we get nice Irish elm.

Ash bowl with verdigris finish

Final cuts to inside of Ash bowl with Verdigris finish

CONNLA (part 3)

Here Robert is using an arbortech disc to add texture and design to CONNLA AND also using a sanding disc before final finished applied. Hours of work is put into getting the finish right.

CONNLA (Part 2)

Part 2 of CONNLA in the making, here Robert is using an arbortech disc to add design to the inner spear.


Coring Bowl Blank

Robert O’Connor

Sycamore Bowl

The Woodturning Studio - Gorey