An intricate and beautifully crafted wooden model of an early 19th century traction engine has earned a group of woodturners led by Carrick and Clonmel craftsmen a national award.
A team of international
judges selected the engine model painstakingly created by a group of woodturners from the South East Chapter of the Woodturners Guild as the best on exhibit at the Irish Woodturners annual conference in Sligo last month.
Tom Larkin from Cregg, Carrick-on-Suir, who devised the design for the model based on a plan published in The Model Engineer magazine 45 years ago, accepted the trophy on behalf of the winning group.
Tom and Brendan Hogg from Marlfield, Clonmel assembled the team of woodturners who worked on the Irish Woodturners Guild’s annual challenge project.
Tom Larkin said the judges from the US, France and England chose their engine for the award based on the concept, technical difficulty, use of material, craftsmanship, finish and overall impression.
“Our model contains 600 individual pieces and every moving part of the engine functions as it would have on a full-sized model,” he pointed out.