Little did she know when she turned a lamp to put on her piano over twenty years ago that woodturning was going to dominate her life for years to come. Unless she is out collecting a tree or meeting customers at a craft fair she can usually be found covered in shavings next to a spinning piece of wood in the studio of her house in Summercove just outside Kinsale. Usually working with storm felled, locally grown timber she produces a variety hand crafted pieces from key rings, ring stands, cutlery and bottle stoppers to dramatic big bowls. Much of her work is suitable for wedding, house warming and retirement gifts.
Using local timbers including ash, oak, robinia, beech and yew she first turns bowls into rough shapes and leaves then to air dry for up to two years before returning the pieces to the lathe for refinement and finishing.
The gallery is open from 11-5 most days. Hilary’s work can be seen in The Lewis Glucksman Gallery Shop, The Lavit Gallery, Father Mathew St, Cork and the Dansel Gallery in Abbotsbury, Dorset.
Visitors are welcome to the gallery in Rincurran Hall but if you are travelling far it is as well to ring first in case Hilary is out collecting a tree.
Rincurran Hall, Summercove, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Tel: +353 21 477 2010
Fucshia Brands Many of West Cork's best craft makers can be found here.
Crafts Council of Ireland This site is full of information on Irish Crafts.
Lewis Glucksman Gallery You will find a few of my bowls in the shop at this lovely gallery in UCC.
Olive Murphy I stock some of Olive's lovely lampshades to enhance my turned lamp bases.
The Lavit Gallery Honoured to be showing my bowls, mice and cutlery in this beautiful gallery in Cork.
Cork Craft and Design Bringing together the very best of Cork's craft workers.
Dansel Gallery This lovely gallery is full of all sorts of beautiful things made of wood including some of my olive forks and cheese knives.