My name is Seamus Barry and I operate Irish Rambling Crafts from my workshop in the Slieve Phelim mountains. I source all my materials from the surrounding mountains and bogs. This is an area that is seeped in heritage, historical and geographical.
Each piece that I make comes with a script which describes the heritage of the area in which the raw material was discovered, this make each piece totally unique and is in effect a small part of Slieve Phelim.
So, if you are looking for something that as far away from mass produced consumer goods, then this is the place to look. Please feel free to contact me for more information or even for a chat about the mountains.
My walking/hiking sticks can be personalised as various mementos can be embedded into the stick to suit individual tastes such as a coin from your birth year, wildlife pewters, fishing flies, animal/bird coins, medals - the list is endless.
The shanks are made from hazel, ash, holly, chestnut and are seasoned for two years before being worked on. The hand pieces are made from deer antler, buffalo horn, rams horn, cow horn or turned from various pieces of wood. Often times the handle can be turned from wood belonging to the person and this can make it more valuable for personal or sentimental reasons.
Bog Oak Lamps/Candle Holders
A major selling point for the products is the history of the pieces produced, while in general the customers are always curious as to the origin of the bog oak, many perceive the history and source of the oak to be very desirable and makes their purchase unique.
All the bog oak material is sourced personally by me and labelled as to its origin, and detail of the history and source location of the piece is packaged along with the piece. It is then cleaned and treated before being finished as a lamp or candle holder. Often a well sculptured piece may be left in its natural state after being formed by nature over thousands of years. Every bog oak piece is a once off.
The jewellery holders came about after a request from a lady client who wanted one made from a deer’s antler. Since then I have made numerous items from deer antler and the demand is increasing each month. The deer antlers are collected from deer farmers as deer shed their antlers every year. I also collect antlers shed by wild deer during my walks in the forest.
The coin clocks were developed from a request from a client who wanted to display his selection of coins. I have acquired a number of old Irish coins including the halfcrown, floring, schilling, sixpence, threepence, penny, halfpenny and the very scarce farthing.
Those coins with their various animal and bird designs make for a lovely display in a turned piece of wood with a clock as a centre piece. The coins are polished and set in clear casting resin to maintain clarity.
As a fly fisher since my youth I have been tying flies for nearly thirty years and we run flytying classes in our local fishing club.
I can tie a range of flies, nymph, dryfly, wetfly, river or lake which are displayed on various bases like wood, antler or bog oak.
I turn various bowls, fruit holders, vases, egg cups etc. From time to time some customers may bring wood from a tree that has sentimental value for them and they would request a bowl or a vase as a keepsake from the tree.
Wine Bottle Holder
I craft unique wine bottle holders using deer antler set on a solid timber base. The piece would normally include a bottle stopper and a cork screw remover.