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Green Woodwork & Pole Lathe Turning Demonstration

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About the event

Stephen Ryan from Green Woodwork Ireland displays the showcase of a traditional woodland workshop in action. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the skills of the craftsman producing his wares with the use of the shave horse and pole lathe.

Children’s toys, spoons, bowls and furniture are all produced using traditional techniques dating back hundreds of years. People of all ages are captivated by the rhythm of the pole lathe and a craft that has long since disappeared from our woodlands and workshops.

Adults and children alike can enjoy the work of the craftsman as he talks about the skills and history of this forgotten world.


Where is it taking place?

Tannaghmore Gardens and Animal Farm.
100 Silverwood Road,
County Armagh,
BT66 6LE.

When is it taking place?

Saturday 26th August, 10am-4pm

Price and do you need to book?

£5.60 per car (see additional information below)
No booking required

Contact details

T:    0044 28 38343244



Green Woodwork Ireland


Additional information:

This event coincides with the Tannaghmore Bird Fair.

One of the major attractions of Craigavon City Park is Tannaghmore Gardens, centred on ‘Fairview House’, a listed Georgian Farmhouse dating from the late 18th Century. The gardens are a popular venue for outings and family visits. The animal farm offers close encounters with many animals traditionally found on farms in Ulster 100 years ago.

Many of these breeds are now rare and close to extinction; they include Irish Moiled Cattle, Dexter Cattle, Galway Sheep, Saddleback Pigs and a wide range of Poultry. Guided farm tours are a speciality. Within the gardens there are 17 different styles of traditional gates, named after local townlands. A stroll around the gardens will reveal interesting tree sculptures and it is possible to follow a tree trail of both native and exotic trees. A country styled play area has been constructed using wooden play equipment suitable for young children, with the aerial slide proving popular for older children. There are picnic areas and BBQ facilities along with two indoor halls that can be booked for parties and other events. The grounds also contain two football pitches and a cricket square.

A recent development has seen the construction of a large maze from gabion baskets and evergreen trees and at its centre is interpretive material telling the story of Master McGrath, the famous greyhound.

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Stephen Ryan

Starts: Sat 26 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sat 26 Aug at 4:00 pm

Craft Type: Woodworking

Event Location: Armagh

Event Type: Demonstration

Price: £5.60 per car