THE arrival of Cork Craft Month gave me a chance for a spin in the countryside — at several hundred revolutions per minute.
Offered the chance to try my hand for a few hours at a craft with a skilled practitioner just last week, I could have gone for pottery or painting, furniture making or woodcarving. Woodturning it was to be, though. As easy, surely, as falling into a log?
Confession 1: I’d tried woodturning before, so I wasn’t a pure beginner, I was worse than that, the sort that language teachers call a ‘false beginner’… thinking you know something, but needing to go back right to scratch. Or back before scratch and scrape, if that were possible.