Report from the workshop and shows

The club has had a busy time with shows and workshops.  We began our year with a workshop in Saggart, Co. Dublin.  We had an enjoyable day with a good attendance of members and new enthusiastic stick makers.


Our next day outing was in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, another brilliant day with a large attendance.  We gave demonstrations and tuition with hands on experience for a very interested group, covering many aspects of stick making.


We moved to Cork City for our next outing.   This workshop was run in conjunction with the Novice Stick Making Championship.  The judge was John Daly, John is a successful competitior and was delighted with the large  entry and the high standard of the novice entries.  Best in Show was Joe Taylor, congratulations to Joe and all the other prize winners.

There is a very vibrant group of members in Cork who meet on a regular basis in the Lough Scout Hall, in the grounds of the Lough Church and I know they are very welcoming to new members.

Our next event took place in Crumlin, Co. Dublin.  Members from the Northern Ireland Stick Carver Club traveled down to join us for the day.  We had a fine display of all types of sticks on show.  Tom Kavanagh gave a very  interesting demonstration of working with rams horn, which is probably the pinnacle of stick making.


All our workshops are well attended and anyone who is interested in stick making are more than welcome to come along.


A number of our members have been very active on the show seen all over Ireland and in UK.  Philip Roskell and Julie Anderson from Scotland judged a big entry of sticks at the Scarvagh game fair in Northern Ireland.  Our chairman Tom Kavanagh was best in show and John Daly was Reserve champion. We also had a good number of other prize winners here.

A group of our members traveled to Wales to attend the stick making competition at the Welsh game fair. Again we brought home the big prize, Tom Kavanagh was best in show.  Sean McCormick won the novice stick maker, congratulations also to John Dowling, John Daly and Joe Taylor who also won awards.

Our next competition was at the Shanes Castle game fair.  Tom Kavanagh was again best in show and John Daly was reserve best in show.  Tom has swept the boards and it is richly deserved.

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