About Padraig Carragher
Padraig Carragher is a woodturner, storyteller, musician, and owner of Bluebell Lane Glamping in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ring of Gullion in Co. Armagh. Adjacent to Padraig’s home on the site of a centuries-old mill, once known as “The Big House” and a place where local farmers gathered in bygone days is now his modern woodturning studio.
Set on 26 acres, Padraig has planted over 20,000 native trees creating a beautiful private woodland filled with local wildlife and sustainable raw material for his woodturning production. Inspired by the neolithic art of woodturning dating back 3,000 years and the beauty of Ireland’s ancient form of writing Ogham, Padraig demonstrates the age-old craft before guiding you through the processes to create your very own Celtic Bowl or Celtic Pendant etched in Ogham.
Using locally sourced native trees, learn how to use the lathe, sharpen tools, sand, and finish under the expert guidance of Padraig. Stroll through the beautiful private woodland and learn how these trees have been used in woodturning for centuries throughout Ireland while enjoying the fresh country air and the surrounding beauty of Slieve Gullion.
In the shadow of the heather-clad Slieve Gullion mountain, in a land of myths and legends lies Bluebell Lane Glamping and the home of woodturner, storyteller, and musician Padraig Carragher. In a restored centuries-old mill Padraig demonstrates the ancient craft of woodturning to create a Celtic Pendant, a craft inherited from our Neolithic ancestors dating back 3,000 years. Using locally sourced native trees from his 26-acre private woodland learn how to use the lathe, sand, and polish to create your very own Celtic Pendant. Your birth month is translated into Ogham (ancient Irish writing) and etched onto the pendant before it is laced and set in a beautiful presentation box ready to take home. No living trees are ever harmed in the making of these pieces.