We were recently discussing with other crafters the statement “handmade” and whether potential clients understand exactly what those words mean from a crafting context. When we say “handmade” it really means that everything we make is hand made. In other words, it hasn’t existed before our hands were put to it. There has been nothing before hand but a tree. Everything we do is a unique customised joinery project. We thought you’d like to know what that process entails. Continue reading “When we say “handmade”….” »
Well the long list has been released for the Grafton Media Blog Awards 2012, and we are over the moon to be able to report that we have made it into 3 categories, Best Photographic Blog, Best Blog Post (for The Great Fire), and Best Craft Blog. Continue reading “Grafton Media Blog Awards” »
We are very excited indeed as the Irish Blog Awards 2012 have just been launched. The founders of the Blog Awards are of very high calibre and include Amanda Webb of Spiderworking.com, Beatrice Whelan of Sage and Lorna Sixsmith of Write on Track so the competition will be extremely stiff. If you enjoy our blogs we would be most obliged if you could please kindly vote for us by simply clicking the logo to your left. It should bring you straight to the www.blogawardsireland.com nominations page. The blog post we wish to enter is “The Great Fire” and is located here: http://www.teamwoodcraft.com/2012/05/great-fire/#more-577
If you would like to enter the competition yourself, Continue reading “Irish Blog Awards 2012” »
In these current times of austerity more and more of our commercial clients are coming under increasing cash flow pressure and are asking us to work with what they have, rather than a total new refurbishment. As we all become more budget conscious, the process has become even more consultative. In the words of Austin Powers “Re-use, Re-Cycle, Re-vamp, Baby”! The 3 most frequently asked questions at the moment are as follows:- Continue reading “Ideas for commercial fitouts on a budget….” »
We are so very sad to learn of the passing of one of our all time inspirational greats, Mr. Robin Gibb, who, aged just 62, lost his battle against cancer yesterday. His music and that of his brothers (the famous BeeGees) is often on full sound speaker here. Indeed on more than a few occasions we have been dancing to Saturday Night Fever. Our children were reared with, and continue to dance to, “You Should Be Dancing” (it is so good it was re-introduced to a new generation at the end of the fantastic Despicable Me last year). All through the years Robin Gibb has inspired us and his Continue reading “The passing of an Inspiration…” »
Apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I have been chastised by a journalist who said to me “imagine if they only published the Irish Times whenever they felt like it” so I have humbly retreated back to the keyboard. In our defence, as most of you know, we have had a lot going on here, not least of which was our house
Little Acorns was the first Teamwoodcraft shop to open and so we wanted something very special. It had to embody the Teamwoodcraft principles of great product design and production but it also had to nestle into a heritage park. After many discussions, pondering, self examination, drawings and re-drawings we finally came up with the solution. The Little Acorns shop was to mirror the age of the widely visited tourism and heritage site and so we undertook even further research. I even roped in my Nana (May Finnerty). I have spoken of her in a couple of interviews as she was such a huge inspiration to me. I needed her input as we needed to ensure that we produced Continue reading “Tourism Heritage Park – Little Acorns shop” »
that God gives you 12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun, 366 days of success, 8784 hours of good health, 527,040 minutes of good luck, 31,642,400 seconds of great joy.
We have had a lovely quiet Christmas with our family Continue reading “A New Years wish for you in 2012…..” »
We started work on our all time favourite project to date, Ballyfin Demesne back in 2008. Ballyfin is a living history of times past and is located in our own County Laois. It is the ancestral home to the O’Mores, the Crosbys, the Poles, the Wellesley-Poles – the family of the Duke of Wellington – and the Cootes. In later years it became an all boys boarding school run by the Patrician Brothers. Work started on Ballyfin in early 2002 and has taken 9 years of research and restoration to bring it to the standard you see today. The owners Continue reading “A labour of love…. Ballyfin Demesne” »
For all theatre lovers, Breffni and Yvonne at The Promenade Café have come up with an exciting new project whereby you can have dinner and watch a theatre show all in the one venue, how cool is that? The Promenade itself is a beautiful café located on DunLaoghaire pier, County Dublin, with the most amazing sea views. The café is in the style of a fashionable French coffee house. The food and service is superb. It’s an up and coming theatre hotspot and is frequented by extremely Continue reading “The Teamwoodcraft Community – Client Newsboard” »
All over the world trees wait anxiously to see if they have been chosen to become part of a TWC creation. They all stand together waiting, waiting, “please let it me be” they cry. The master cabinet maker waves his wand, suddenly the tree comes back to life as a beautiful functional piece of furniture.
This week we decided to put together a little video which demonstrates our 8 steps to project completion and client happiness. Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries, or, would like some more information. If you would like to talk to us, follow us on Twitter @teamwoodcraft.
As we have just finished refurbishing Rocks second store in Stillorgan and as it’s one of Dublin’s favourite jewellers, I thought this week that we would feature them. Rocks have two unique shops filled with fine diamonds, engagement rings, the hottest brands, antiques, modern jewellery and timepieces. Rocks Jewellers is a second generation family business so it was imperative that their fit out matched their reputation and clients desires. Having almost 40 years experience in the industry, they have a huge e Continue reading “Rocks Jewellers Grafton Street Dublin” »
If ever there was a “before and after” job this is it. ”What an extreme difference a TWC fitout makes” is just one of the comments we received after our fitout at McDonnells (prevously known as Neesons) of Newbridge. Also known as Eric McDonnells bar, due to its prime location in the centre of the town, Neesons is oneof the liveliest spots in Newbridge County Kildare. We were asked to come on board for this project by the owners with the designer on this job being
Zigzagging across the country this weather. I often think it would be great to have a little map of Ireland with a Teamwoodcraft van moving along it, we travel to so many different locations. We are back in Boomers of Clondalkin to fitout their brand new restaurant on the first floor. Teamwoodcraft are the main contractors for Boomers and we completed the bulk Continue reading “Boomers Clondalkin” »
Smyths Bar in Limerick city’s milk market area is for years one of Limerick’s finest hotspots. It’s well known for its fine bar food and superb beverage selection. Smyths is a mecca for great music too. We were delighted when they asked Teamwoodcraft fitout company to help them construct a new fitout which matched their Continue reading “Teamwoodcraft returns to Limerick” »
Hi All, please note that Teamwoodcraft is now closed for the summer holidays. Please note that we will re-open on Tuesday the 9th of August.
Well I am in real creative mode this weather, inspiration being the upcoming article on our home in one of the broad sheets (stay posted for more details on that later). The room to be made over is that most sacred of spaces……the kitchen. I love cooking and having friends over and so the kitchen in our house is the real hub and I do get emotionally involved with it. I did write about my kitchen in an earlier blog and whilst I do love it, it’s looking a bit sad lately, Continue reading “Home Makeovers continued … The Kitchen” »
There are 2 main Vintners Associations in Ireland. The Vintners Federation of Ireland, which serves the publicans outside The Pale (Dublin in other words), and the Licensed Vintners Association of Ireland, mainly for those publicans who work inside The Pale. A Publican would pick whichever association represented his Continue reading “Vintners Associations in Ireland” »
We are delighted to announce that CARI have also entered the treasure hunt. The group do fantastic work in what is a very difficult and sensitive area.
The CARI Foundation was established in 1989. CARI’s primary aim is to provide a proffesional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse. Alongside this they aim to provide the most up to date education and information service for children, adults and professionals on the dynamics of child sexual abuse, and, moreover, to raise the public and political awareness of these issues.
They operate on a not for profit basis, ensuring that their services are accessible regardless of a clients means or situation. CARI is seeking to ensure that everyone who may need their services can get them, no matter where they live. We want to help CARI ensure that everyone is aware of their services and that they will be able to take advantage of the information, advice and therapy they provide.
If you would like to know more, or if you would like to help CARI please log on to their website which is www.cari.ie.
Good luck to CARI.
Well the charities are ready to go to the starting line, the Riddler has put her pen down, the clients are all on tender hooks, Jack Sparrow’s on his way to the secret location to bury the treasure, and the press releases have gone out (phew). Only a couple of weeks to go now before the kick off for the first ever Teamwoodcraft All Ireland Charity Treasure Hunt takes place (for the fun element – think Professor Layton on speed). We had great fun preparing the riddles and testing them out. We hope that all the teams will have great fun trying to answer them.
Headway broke into the lead straight away by becoming the first Charity to officially register so we really wish Kieran and all the gang there the very best of luck. In case you were not aware of them, Headway was established to help those who are unfortunate enough to have a brain injury. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is the term given to any injury to the brain sustained during the course of a person’s life. It is very traumatic experience for the person involved, and their family, Headway offer support to both those injured and their families.
If you would also like to check out Headway or support Headway, please log onto their website www.headway.ie.
It’s all getting very exciting now but we still need MORE CHARITIES so please get your favourite charity to register on www.facebook.com/teamwoodcraft.
We are getting lots of special requests lately, particularly about areas where we can achieve the desired look and feel of a new pub fit out, – but with funding becoming scarce – at a fraction of the cost. Actually the recession isn’t all bad as it makes businesses very focused on being as creative as possible with smaller budgets. This leads to interesting bar fitouts and refurbishments Continue reading “5 Free Pub Fitout Tips………….” »
At Teamwoodcraft we believe that being “Lean” is actually about taking control of your
working life and we encourage all team members to think in this way.
In our continuous efforts to reach Manufacturing excellence, we have studied the Lean concept for quite a while because whilst there are any amount of courses and support groups for the Lean Manufacturing programme (first devised by Toyota), they are all based on Product led companies whereas TWC is a Project based company. The number one rule of the Toyota “Lean” way is to take out the maximum amount of cost without affecting quality. As quality and customer service are our number 1 goals this is a huge issue for us.
When people walk into my kitchen their first phrase is usually “oh my God” which is rather amusing because when I tell them that the bulk of it was built using a manufactured board that phrase is usually followed by “are you for real”? Then comes the touching, feeling, smoothing and rubbing with “I see….”, “I can’t believe it”, and, “ahhhh!” in all the appropriate places.
We deal with clients and budgets of all sizes. Over the years we have had to Continue reading “Home Fitouts…….. Money Saving Tips” »
This is one of my favourite quotes by Aldo Lorenzi, the author of “That Shop in Via Montenapoleone”. The Lorenzis are cutlers in Milano and are a source of fascination and admiration for me because like Teamwoodcraft, they manufacture objects according to their clients’ personal needs. Starting from the clients request, and again like TWC, are driven by a great wish to satisfy it, in 1929 the Lorenzis set up their own working system: to give the customer the article required, built in the best possible way. For all manufacturers, this system is much more difficult than producing a mere (same) product line because it means constant research and development in the chosen field.