MTW Archive: Glenn Lucas
Glenn Lucas has an international reputation for his proficiency at the lathe and his ability to pass on to students, the skills and knowledge he has gained. He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), with an extensive teaching programme run from his Co Carlow ‘Woodturning Study Centre’ (since 2005).
In January 2021, in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Glenn moved into a purpose-designed woodturning training centre. Unable to have students visit the centre in person, he has a dedicated Zoom-room and runs a busy private tuition schedule as well as a remote demonstration programme to clubs and groups using high-definition cameras to show every turning and tool detail. ‘It’s just like being there, without the jet lag!’
Until 2020, Glenn was a frequent guest Demonstrator at overseas conferences, he also gave Turning Masterclasses at international arts and crafts schools, currently through Interactive Remote Demonstrations, remote tuition and virtual symposia.
In October 2010 he produced the first Irish woodturning DVD ‘Mastering Woodturning – Tools and Techniques’ and in June 2011 launched ‘Mastering Woodturning – Bowl Turning Techniques’. In November 2014 ‘Mastering Woodturning – Sharpening Techniques’ was added to the series. The fourth DVD ‘Mastering Woodturning – Traditional Irish Platter’ came out in December 2015, the fifth in Jan 2016 is ‘Mastering Woodturning – Dublin Viking Bowl’ and the sixth ‘The Beaded Bowl’ was completed in 2018. All six DVDs have been favourably reviewed and are stocked by outlets worldwide. All are also available to download so that Glenn’s tuition can be brought into the workshop on your device. All these videos are available as downloads alongwith, in 2020, many videos of Live Remote Demos – subjects include: Sharpening, Bowl Coring, the Salad Bowl, Closed Form Bowl, Thin Wall Bowl and Lidded Bowl.
In May 2013 a range of Glenn Lucas Signature Woodturning Tools was launched by Craft Supplies USA.
Glenn’s love of video-making and photography can be seen in the short video clips he makes showing how things are made. In recent years he has been asked by RTE to show his work to young audiences in the series ‘Makers’ broadcast in Oct 2015 and still on RTE player, and in 2011 in the series CraftMaster (often re run). Watch some of Glenn’s short woodturning movies here.
In recent years he has been asked by Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE to show his work to young audiences in the series ‘Makers’ broadcast in Oct 2015 and still on RTE player, and in 2011 in the series CraftMaster (often re run). View them here: RTE ‘Makers’ mention Episodes 6,7,8,9,10.