In collaboration with independent, curious and spirited talent across Ireland, Black Bush Stories is a series of online and offline immersive events for those who are keen to discover new experiences. Each event explores a key theme and celebrates an individual and their unique craft.
CARVING OUT A LEGACY IN WOOD.
“Traditional techniques represent an untouched world of opportunity,” says creative woodworker, Éamonn O’Sullivan, who has spent the past six years teaching himself to make hand-carved wooden homeware using only an axe and two knives.
Since establishing his company, Hewn in 2014, Éamonn has been on a journey of exploration, creating everyday utensils from fallen Irish trees: “I’m fascinated with simple, functional objects and pushing myself to discover new ways of applying traditional techniques to create them.”
With a degree in environmental science, the Westport native worked as a consultant ecologist before a chance meeting opened his eyes to the world of woodcarving: “A family friend gave me a spoon that he’d carved and right away I was captivated with how it was made, especially in the concave of the bowl,” Éamonn explains. “He had his tools in the car and gave me a quick demonstration and that just set me off. I’d studied wood anatomy as part of my degree, so those skills and knowledge really helped me get started.”
Éamonn began to hone his skills in woodworking - using online tutorials and pouring over any books he could get his hands on. The turning point came in 2014 when he was offered a permanent position in his day job but the craftsman was on a road he couldn’t turn off, and Hewn was created.