Award-winning wood artist Martin Ryan of Templetuohy will open a five-week exhibition of his work at Templemore Library next week.
Martin Ryan is well known for his creativity. Any project he undertakes he does to perfection. Having taken up wood-turning some years back, he now specialises in segmented wood-turning.
This is a creative art, demanding great design skills, patience and technical perfection. The amount of pieces in any one item can vary from a hundred to several thousand.
He mostly uses Irish hardwoods. If a piece needs variety and colour, he uses African blackwood, South American purple heart and other exotic woods. His inspiration comes from Greek, Native American and Arabic cultures.
Martin has been accepted as a member of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland for his outstanding woodart. He has won awards from the Irish Wood-turning Guild, of which he is also a member. All his work is designed and executed by himself. Recently, he launched his website: www.clonboowoodart.com.
An exhibition of Martinâs work will be officially opened by Michael Lowry, TD on Thursday, March 31, in Templemore Library. It will be on view for five weeks. We thank Denis Kenny and the staff of the library for their help and encouragement with the exhibition, and for supporting the local arts.