Joe Lawler, founder of Architectural Furniture in Drogheda, County Louth, makes his own distinctive hand crafted furniture from Irish hard woods using traditional methods. A lot of what is made is designed for a particular customer, to suit their needs, unique to their size, height and width. Most of his designs are influenced by architectural forms and have a sculptural feel. Each piece is hand finished to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
Architectural Furniture run courses all year round for groups of three or more, and also for corporate and private groups. One to one tuition for students is also available.
The classes include detailed drawings which are easily understood. The skills the students are taught are hand tool skills such as using a router, sander, drills, and other wood working tools. Under supervision, students are shown how to use bandsaws, planers and bench saws, and also learn about the different grades of sandpaper and finishing techniques.
Architectural Furniture is part of the Louth Craftmark craft trail. Louth Craftmark is a network driven retail gallery outlet showcasing the collective work of talented designers and makers. Demonstrations and sessions are offered in conjunction with Louth Craftmark where people can meet the maker.