It can be really hard to find a truly unique and personalised gift, but if you haven’t already noticed, there is a fantastic local business that provides just that! Ging Woodcraft is a family-run business owned by Diarmuid & Catherine Ging who offer a full range of carpentry services, timber crafts and personalised gifts with all works carried out to the highest standard.
We love seeing what new pieces Diarmuid and Catherine have when they pop in to update their display in The Old Hardware – from keepside gifts to clocks, pens to tableware – they are truly talented craftspeople who have a passion for what they do.
We asked Diarmuid & Catherine to tell us a little more about Ging Woodcraft…
Tell us a little about yourselves…
We live near the picturesque village of Narraghmore in Co. Kildare. We love making beautiful things and try to adhere to the philosophy of “Beauty Through Simplicity”. We take our inspiration from the quirky people that we encounter. All our timber products are handcrafted from recycled and wind-felled timber and any of our boards or frames can be engraved with a personalized message or picture to the customer’s specifications.
What kind of products do you offer?
We offer a range of handcrafted timber products and gift items ranging from bowls of varying sizes to bread boards, platters and our party boards which can be used individually or linked together to form a longer bread board. All of our boards are made to be used and have a food safe finish. They can also be engraved with a message or picture of the customers choosing.
We offer a range of handmade wooden clocks which can also be engraved or designed around the customers’ requirements. As all the above items are created from natural material each one is individual even if on the same design. We also have a range of engraved plaques & wall hangings which make ideal gifts for all occasions and of course we can design and engrave any message or picture on a plaque at the customer’s request. We offer a range of frames to commemorate and celebrate special occasions such as Births, Engagements Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Family Tree, and Mother’s Day Father’s Day, New Home etc. These frames are created using various materials & medium including wooden scrabble tiles, pebble art etc. and allowances can be for the inclusion of a photo. Commissions are also taken for special occasion frames where personal items need to be included and displayed.
In addition, we also offer a full range of carpentry & cabinet making services to include storage solutions, kitchen & bedroom, attic ladder installation, timber flooring and first & second fix carpentry.
What is your favourite piece to produce?
We have no favourite specific favourite pieces but enjoy creating individual bespoke items for customers to enjoy and use.
Catherine enjoys the creative process of working with people to create and design a special piece of art or framed creation to commemorate an important moment in their life or memory of someone using many different mediums.
Diarmuid enjoys letting a piece of wood tell him what it’s going to become. Whether it be a storm felled log or an old school desk, every piece of timber presents different possibilities and can be fashioned and re-used in a new incarnation.
Can people order bespoke items?
Yes! Any of our frames and plaques can be customised depending on the customers’ requirements. We also offer a laser engraving and pyrography service on all our bread boards’, pens, platters, bowls etc.,
For some people, they may already have old timber or items that have a special meaning or sentimental value to them – so, we can repurpose this to create something extra special. For example, Parents’ Association from Scoil Ide Naofa commission a bowl and platter to be made from old school desks in the School. Or, as another example, we created a wedding renewal frame for a customer’s parents to include poem and ribbons from their special day.
What is the price range of your products?
Our prices range from €15.00 for an engraved plaque or small bowl upwards
Where to find out more?
There is a fantastic range of Ging Woodcraft’s range available for purchase in The Old Hardware’s Crafts Corner. But, if you don’t find what you’re looking for or want to create a personalised item, contact Diarmuid & Catherine on the details below