Robert’s spe­cial wood crafts fit for a Pres­i­dent

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

COUNTY Wex­ford crafts­man, Robert O’Con­nor re­cently re­ceived a high hon­our when he was com­mis­sioned to make a spe­cial piece for the Pres­i­dent of Ire­land Michael D. Hig­gins.

Pres­i­dent Hig­gins, now newly elected for a sec­ond term, was pre­sented with the be­spoke piece when he at­tended the Euro­pean Young Sci­en­tist Awards in Dublin re­cently.

The pre­sen­ta­tion piece ti­tled ‘ The Stones of Ire­land’ was in­spired by the old an­cient stone walls of Ire­land, which can still be seen in many ru­ral ar­eas.

Robert, the pro­pri­etor of O’Con­nor Wood­turn­ing Stu­dio in Gorey, said he was de­lighted with the com­mis­sion and it was a huge priv­i­lege for him to to have been asked to cre­ate the wood sculp­ture for the Pres­i­dent.

‘ The piece was fit­ting for Michael D. Hig­gins as he was reared on a farm in County Clare where stone walls are so preva­lent. A huge amount of hours went into cre­at­ing the fi­nal prod­uct and we hope the Pres­i­dent will take pride in the mean­ing and crafts­man­ships that was in­volved’, he said.

De­scrib­ing the cre­ative process, Robert said: ‘ The piece started as a flat piece of Ash and the stone wall de­sign was carved into the in­ner sec­tion and a cap­ping tex­tured on the outer edge. It was then scorched, ebonised and coloured.’.

‘We were de­lighted with the out­come and we hope that Pres­i­dent Hig­gins will en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate it’, O’Con­nor Wood­turn­ing Stu­dio is a mem­ber of Wex­ford Craft Trail, a group of over 20 craft busi­nesses in County Wex­ford, which is, in turn, a mem­ber of the Wex­ford Trails which in­cor­po­rates a net­work of over 90 mem­bers in five tourist trails: Wex­ford Craft Trail, Wex­ford Her­itage Trail, Wex­ford Walk­ing Trail, Wex­ford Gar­den and Wex­ford Cy­cling Trail.

Pres­i­dent Michael D. Hig­gins with the wood­turned piece cre­ated by Robert O’Con­nor (pic­tured in­set).

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