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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Salary Range
€18k - €35k
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In Brief...

Uses special machines to cut and shape pieces of wood for use in the making of furniture, doors and windows, wooden objects and specialist craft pieces.

In Summary - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Career Sectors

Woodturner / Woodmachinists typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Crafts Industry
Art, Craft & Design

Videos & Interviews

Margaret Reilly, Wood Manufacturing / Finisher

Margaret Reilly completed her apprenticeship in Cabinet Making and currently works as Sales Director of Furniture company Grand Designs Kitchen & Bedrooms. Margaret explains how employers recieve a bursary for taking on female apprentices. 

Glenn Lucas, Woodturner

Glen Lucas is a professional Woodturner. Following his Leaving Certificate he did some classes with professional woodturners.  He also undertook a FÁS cabinet making course.  Following a Business Skills Course which he took with the Craft Council of Ireland he set up his own workshop in 1997.

Terry O'Brien, Woodcarver

Terry O'Brien is a Woodcarver and runs his own business 'Fallen Leaves from Fallen Trees' based outside Drogheda in Co. Louth. Terry explains the process involved in creating and carving a piece of work from start to finish.

Videos on the Web

Further Information

The Work - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is used to create a wide range of wooden objects. These objects can include everything from salad bowls, platters, candlesticks, chess pieces and one off exhibition pieces to large sculptural pieces for your garden.

Many woodturners are self-employed. They sell their products to retail shops, export to international markets and receive private commissions for sculptural pieces. Woodturners also work as teachers and educators.

Interests - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Qualities

Good design and drawing skills, a high level of creativity, knowledge and an appreciation of wood, business awareness and marketing skills.

Entry Requirements - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Apprenticeship Route

The official entry route for a Woodturner / Woodmachinist is through undertaking an apprenticeship.

Click here to find information on the Wood Manufacturing / Finisher apprenticeship

Pay & Salary - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €35k

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

Useful Contacts - Woodturner / Woodmachinist

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