About Glenn

 
Glenn Lucas, photo by Terry Martin

Glenn Lucas, photo by Terry Martin

Glenn Lucas has an international reputation for his proficiency at the lathe and his ability to pass on to students, the skills and knowledge he has gained.He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), with an extensive teaching programme run from his Co Carlow ‘Woodturning Study Centre’(since 2005). A frequent guest Demonstrator at overseas conferences, he also gives Turning Masterclasses at international arts and crafts schools. In October 2010 he produced the first Irish woodturning DVD ‘Mastering Woodturning – Tools and Techniques’ and in June 2011 launched ‘Mastering Woodturning – Bowl Turning Techniques’. In November 2014 'Mastering Woodturning – Sharpening Techniques' was added to the series. The fourth DVD 'Mastering Woodturning - Traditional Irish Platter' came out in December 2015 and the fifth in Jan 2016 is 'Mastering Woodturning - Dublin Viking Bowl'. All the DVDs have been favourably reviewed and are stocked by outlets worldwide. All are also available to download so that Glenn's tuition can be brought into the workshop on your device. In May 2013 a range of Glenn Lucas Signature Woodturning Tools was launched by Craft Supplies USA.
Glenn's love of video-making and photography can be seen in the short video clips he makes showing how things are made. In recent years he has been asked by RTE to show his work to young audiences in the series 'Makers' broadcast in Oct 2015 and still on RTE player,  and in 2011 in the series CraftMaster (often re run). Watch some of Glenn's short woodturning movies here.
    Frequently commissioned to make special pieces for presentation to visiting Heads of State to Ireland, various Irish Government Department Ministers including Dermot Aherne, Mary Harney and the collection of ex President Mary McAleese.
    In 2016 he was visited by the America PBS programme DESTINATION CRAFT to be broadcast Winter 2016.
    Featured on MAKERS, an RTE short series on woodturning made for young audiences in 2015.
    Hosted, for Carlow Arts Festival EIGSE, a Wood Art Collaboration with 22 international and Irish wood artists in June 2013. The finished commission is a 6.5metre long wall of wood which showed at the VISUAL arts centre in Carlow for the summer of 2013.
    First Irish turner to have a range of Signature Woodturning Tools, with Hamlet Craft Tools Sheffield, and available in outlets worldwide.
    Selected and participated as the Master Turner in RTE’s series (Sept –Oct 2011) ‘Craft Master’
    Produced Ireland’s first woodturning DVDs on Mastering Woodturning - 2010 Techniques followed in 2011 by Bowl turning, 2014 Sharpening and 2015 Platter project and Dublin Viking Bowl.
    Set up Ireland’s first ‘Woodturning Study Centre’ in 2007 and invites master turners from around the world as well as runs private classes
    Frequently demonstrates and teaches at International symposia and schools in the USA, Norway, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Australia and England.
    ‘Essence of Ireland award, Showcase Ireland 2009 – presented by President Mary McAleese
    Selected for ‘Stories in the Making’ podcast for YouTube, commissioned by the Crafts Council of Ireland 2009
    Oct 2007-June 2008 – Ecology, Mythology, Technology – Crafts Council of Ireland exhibition in National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin
    Oct 2007 – Creations in Wood – 4-man show, Eblana Gallery, Dublin
    Nov 2006 & 2007 - selected for participation in SOFA Sculptural Object Functional Art exhibition, Chicago
    Mar 2005 - Returned to Co Carlow and set up Woodturning Study Centre
    Jan 2005 – Crafts Council of Ireland 3 year international group touring show – 40 Shades of Green
    June 2004 – Fine Forms - 3-man show – Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow
    Nov 2004 – Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (selection of Irish guest artists)
    Sept 2001 – winner of Limited Editions, CcoI touring show
    April 2001 – VIP magazine promotion in association with Barry’s Tea
    2001 winner of the Best New Product at Showcase Ireland, presented by President McAleese
    1999 winner of RDS Forestry Award
    1999 group exhibition Dressing Table – Olympia London and Celtic Connections Festival Wales
    Selected for tabletop exhibition, V&A London
    1998 merit award, RDS Forestry Awards
    1997 Moved to Carlingford, Co Louth and set up workshop there (until 2005)
    Exhibited at Kilkenny Art Week – winner of best wood product
    Frequent Demonstrator for the Irish Woodturners Guild and selected seminars
    Features in Irish interior magazines such as Select Magazine, Image Interiors, House and Home
    Set up business 1995 and 1996 started Business Skills Course with Crafts Council of Ireland in Kilkenny
 

Study Centre Events

Upcoming Events

We are proud to regularly host top international woodturners for demonstrations and masterclasses. These events are always enjoyable and very instructive for all abilities.

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Past Events

These are some guest woodturners that we've hosted at the Woodturning Study Centre in recent months.

 

Wood Art Collaboration

Participating in the Wood Art Collaboration: Michael Brolly USA, Christian Delhon France, Sharon Doughtie USA, Art Liestman Canada, Mark Sanger England, Neil Turner Australia, Jacques Vesery USA, Louise Hibbert Wales, Brendan Hogg Ire, Brid O’Halloran Ire, Ambrose O’Halloran Ire, John Lee Ire, Xiang Dong Wang China, Glenn Lucas Ire, Roger Bennett Ire, Emmet Kane Ire, Liam Flynn Ire, Alan Meredith Ire, Cillian Ó Súilleabháin Ire, Adam Doran Ire, Liam O’Neill Ire, Terry Martin Australia
Participating in the Wood Art Collaboration May/June 2013 at Glenn Lucas Woodturning Study Centre: Michael Brolly USA, Christian Delhon France, Sharon Doughtie USA, Art Liestman Canada, Mark Sanger England, Neil Turner Australia, Jacques Vesery USA, Louise Hibbert Wales, Brendan Hogg Ire, Brid O’Halloran Ire, Ambrose O’Halloran Ire, John Lee Ire, Xiang Dong Wang China, Glenn Lucas Ire, Roger Bennett Ire, Emmet Kane Ire, Liam Flynn Ire, Alan Meredith Ire, Cillian Ó Súilleabháin Ire, Adam Doran Ire, Liam O’Neill Ire, Terry Martin Australia

Wood artists with finished wall at Glenn Lucas Woodturning Study Centre.

Click below to see photos taken by Harry Reid of the making of the wall in my workshop from 31st May-6th June 2013 with 22 artists, carvers, furniture makers, turners from around the globe. View The Facebook Event Gallery →

Terry Martin

July, 2012
demonstrating_turnfest_2011-3Australian author and woodturner Terry Martin. Known to many Irish turners for his fine publication with Kevin Wallace entitled ‘New Masters of Woodturning – Expanding the Boundaries of Wood Art’ which features Liam Flynn. Visit Terry's Website → View The Facebook Event Gallery →

Ashley Harwood

November, 2011
Ashley-HarwoodAmerican woodturner Ashley Harwood demonstrated her very fine spindle turning and also the 'push cut' style of turning. Visit Ashley's Website → View The Facebook Event Gallery →

Ray Key

April, 2011
RayKeyRay Key, one of Britain’s best known craftsmen gave a three day masterclass. Ray has had a great influence on turning for decades. View The Facebook Event Gallery →

Other Guest Woodturners

We've also been fortunate to host:
Mike Mahoney, Oct 2010 - View Facebook Gallery → Clinton Biggs, Oct 2010 Ciaran Forbes and Mike Mahoney, Sept 2010 Liam O’Neill, April 2010 Benoit Averly, Oct 2009 - View Facebook Gallery → Liam Flynn and Ciaran Forbes, Sept 2009 - View Facebook Gallery → Richard Raffan, May-June 2009 - View Facebook Gallery → Mark Baker, March 2009 View Our Facebook Event Galleries →