We have 5 entries in the Artistic section. Brendan Kelly presents a small bowl in Bay wood. Brendan says it has several cracks and a hole, so he used red and blue sparkly hot melt glue to fill the voids. This certainly adds interest and it’s a piece I would like to see in the flesh as I suspect the photo does not do it justice.
Next is another competition stalwart – Colum Murphy with a Table Lamp in Monkey Puzzle. It is a lovely piece of wood and the shape shows off the wood at its best. Colum has provided plenty of photos that show great attention to detail, with several elements of texture to add interest.
John Duff’s Clock in stunning Spalted Beech is a real eye catcher. John has cleverly used the figuring in the wood as a landscape and has added a pyrographed tree. In addition, unless it is an illusion in the photos, he has offset the clock within the piece.
Sean Earls entry is a pair of small boxes that are different but somehow are an ideal pair and do in fact match each other – if that makes sense. They are made from Beech. For added interest Sean has included a inset an old Irish coin (from the days of Punts) in each lid.
The final entry from Tommy Hartnett is a Pocket Watch on a Chain. It is made from Ash with inlay of Padauk and black Wavin pipe. The contrast of the colours on the rear between the black pipe, the padauk and the pale ash is striking, as is the front of the piece with the gold watch and the pale Ash.
All that remains is for me to decide on a preference. This section has been the one that has been most difficult to adjudicate. I have hovered back and forth between three pieces, then two and finally forced myself to choose a first (preferred). In this category I have opted for Colum Murphy’s Table Lamp, for overall quality of finish, shape that makes the best of the characteristics of the wood, and, attention to detail with the elements of texture that he included that added interest without dominating the piece.
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