118% Funded


Target: €1600


€1,895 Raised


30 Funders

Woodturning Tuition Studio Project

By David Condon


About Me

My name is David, I'm a Woodturner from Tralee Co. Kerry, Ireland and I have been in business professionally since July 2015. I have been selling through high commission retail outlets thus far and I really want to move away from that and develop my new teaching facilities. 


Before becoming a Woodturner I was a qualified Carpenter. I could go back to that life again and make loads of money but I have felt a calling to Woodturning since I first started in 1996. I have built a good foundation for my little business and I believe I can make a good go of it if I get a chance.

The Project Aim

For the final phase of my tuition studio expansion, I require funds to buy the remaining items (tools, safety equipment & wood stock for classes) to help grow my small business. I have slowly built my Studio over the last few years but I can't do it alone anymore. Students are currently having to share some handtools during classes which is a big negative. The bigger my classroom gets the more tools need to be added. I want to develop the new tuition side of the business so that I can once again see the craft the way I used to and not have to worry about how much stock I'm moving per week through the shops. 

There are no risks in reaching my target, only benefits. 

Why Fund it
As a small business/Artist I have struggled to buy the equipment I need over the last few years. Every penny I've made has gone right back into the business to get me through each stage of development. I have also leaned on family loans, overdraft facilities and credit cards too often to count.

I know that there are probably more worthy causes out there for people to pledge to but reaching my target would be huge for me. The rewards should take the sting out of it for you a little and hopefully you may feel better making a difference in someone's life. 

Your Pledge

Each pledge brings me closer to my goal and reaching or exceeding my target means a huge weight will be lifted off my shoulders.  If my target is reached I can concentrate on building my tuition to the point where I can hopefully draw a living wage from my craft. Going beyond my target would be fantastic as I could invest that on future business needs. Each reward is a guaranteed Irish product, you can't pass it up!

Thank you for your support

I started this business because I love being creative and working with my hands has always been more satisfying than any other job I've had.  I would love to continue in this role and develop more creative products while passing on some of the knowledge I have accumulated along the way.

Thank you for reading and hopefully pledging.

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Over a year later....

Hello everyone,

I had been planning on adding an update here over the last few weeks but pandemic lethargy has led to prolonged procrastination.  I'm finally at the keyboard making myself do it this morning.

It has been over a year since I successfully funded my campaign thanks to your combined generosity. I still have one person who has yet to collect their reward but hopefully that will happen soon as things open back up again.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I bought all the tools and bits & pieces I intended to buy and also managed to put some money towards other machinery to help me in future projects. 

I was open for tuition briefly before Christmas and was doing well with bookings but we were then put back into lockdown once again (4 Months). It was so nice to have the same tools on each machine for the students to use during that period. It made life much easier for me.

I opened again recently after restrictions were eased but bookings are extremely slow for some reason or other. I suspect that people are still wary of going outside and hopefully this will disappear towards the end of July as more people are vaccinated. I can only have 1 to 2 students max during any session due to social distancing measures. This has been tough but I'm glad at least to have the opportunity to teach again.

It has been a really strange year and I am still hoping for some sort of normality to resume so I can have group classes once more. Hopefully, it will be sometime later this year; we will see.

On a brighter note, I am in the process of launching a new product. The image below is a Spalted Beech Vessel Ornament from Listowel Co Kerry. I have many different variations of shape and wood type ready to go. This has just been released in the Original Kerry pop up shop in Castlegregory Co Kerry and may soon be available in Dingle Co Kerry. I am waiting for feedback to see if any changes need to be made before moving forward.

I hope everyone has a great Summer!




Open for Tuition Once Again

Hi All,

Just a little update for you.

I have reopened for tuition but in a very different manner than I was expecting. Unfortunately, I am limited to only 1 or 2 students maximum due to social distancing measures, full classes have been suspended until Covid-19 is gone.

I have invested in a new camera system setup which is still in Beta testing at the moment. This system will allow me to view on screen what the students are doing and also show them what I am doing on the 2 TV units above the lathes. This means I can comply with all social distancing requirements and avoid contact during the tuition. I will also be able to record them overhead working on the lathe and give them the videos files or camera stills at the end of their session as a memento of the occasion.

I had planned on a smaller version of this system for my social media video posts but the virus has forced me to adjust and expand.

I never got around to making new tool holders for all the new hand tools I bought from this project. I couldn't settle on a design that worked so I will put that job on the long finger. (with many more jobs lol)

I'm looking forward to posting here about a return to full classes at some point in the future but we'll just have to wait and see when that is.

Best wishes to you all,




A little update

Thanks to your support I have now purchased just about all the tools I need for teaching. It's been very difficult to purchase tools at a time when every business worldwide is running minimal staff or none at all.

Because I secured a little more than my project aim I was able to put some money towards this thicknesser machine which took a month to arrive from Germany. It should have taken 5 business days. This is technically not part of my teaching but it does open more doors for me.

All the hand tools were purchased over about 3 weeks, 2 weeks longer than I thought it would take. Shops had run out of certain stock and I had to wait until they ordered replacements. 

As far as rewards are concerned, everyone has been emailed and responded. There are 4 people left to receive rewards but they have chosen to wait until the lockdown is lifted. Just a reminder, that you are all entitled to come and see my workshop/studio at some point in the future. 

From reading government phased opening schedules it may not be possible for me to take groups until after the 10th August as my studio is fairly tight for space. I hope it may be possible to take 1 to 2 students at a time before then but I will have to take advice first to make sure that I comply with all social distance regulations.

Until next time, be safe out there :)

The Buying has Started

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to update you all on my progress so far. Firstly, the rewards are made and I am in the process of contacting everyone to arrange postage and delivery. I hope to have all rewards posted by the end of the week with the exception of those who chose to delay their reward until restrictions are lifted.

Secondly, I have been trying to buy the tools that I need. I ran into an unexpected snag however. Some of the tools I want are not in stock and I can't get definite dates of when new stock will be delivered.  I will just have to wait and see.

The most important handtools are here now thankfully and I can now design holders for the tools on each lathe. I couldn't buy any full Safety Face Shields because they were all sold out due to Covid-19 so I got replacement visors for my existing Shields instead. I can then replace scratched ones as they happen. The battery saw will save my shoulders when I go to buy the hardwood and will be very useful around the studio where I often have to rough cut pieces for various projects.

In the meantime I am using this lockdown time to clean and reorganise my Workshop/Studio so that all my tools have a space where they are easy to find and in the most suitable places.

Until the next update, thank you all again for supporting me!



Please check your email

Hi folks,

I'm waiting on loads of people to reply to my email about their rewards so could you check your inbox and spam folders as soon as possible please?  To those that received the thank you email, I hope you got it too. You can let me know if you'd like.

I have been busy making the rewards all week and I hope to have them completed by the end of next week. I like to give the finished coats a few days to cure fully before shipping so that's why I'm delaying a little.

I hope to begin shipping from Next Monday fingers crossed.

Check your email!!!

Hi everyone,

I received the list of emails and pledge amounts from Fundit yesterday.  I have just finished sending emails to everyone so please check and make sure you got one. Please have a look at your junk/spam folder too if you can't find the email in your Inbox.

If you are to receive a reward please reply with your address and if I gave you options please let me know your choices.

I hope to start making the pieces next week and I will be in touch with you individually before posting.

Once again, thank you for supporting me!


It's All Over

Wow, what can I say....it's finally over and I am blown away by people's generosity in these difficult times. 118% Funded!

As I mentioned in previous updates, I expected this campaign to fail 3 weeks back and the fact that it reached and then exceeded the target is unbelievable.

Fundit are finalizing things behind the scenes and will be contacting me and giving me your email addresses this week hopefully. I will then be contacting each of you in the order of your pledges I assume.

I will work out the logistics of each reward and will be making brand new stock so they will take a few weeks to complete. Keep an eye on your email junk folders just in case my email is intercepted.

Thank you all once again! I'll be in touch.




I'm there!!!! 100%!!!! After almost 42 days of hard work, stressing and worrying I finally hit my target with 20 hours to spare. I still can't believe I made it. 

3 weeks ago I was ready to give up, the emerging Coronavirus crisis seemed to stop everyone from pledging at the same time and I was getting no responses from my social media posts. Thankfully that turned around after a gut wrenching week.

It's not too late to grab a reward. Anyone who wants to be part of this campaign can still pledge up to 11am on Tuesday 7th April. It's for a good cause and you are getting an Irish Made Product in return.

Reaching 100% guarantees me the money and guarantees those that pledged get their rewards. Those that pledge from now on are also guaranteed their reward so please spread the word if you can.

After the campaign finishes, I will be in touch with each of you to arrange your reward. Please be patient and I will get to you as soon as I can. 

A huge thank you to everyone who supported me and my campaign. I definitely couldn't have done it without you.  

Thank you also to Fundit for giving me a platform to reach my goal.


Just Over 2 Days to Go

I'm going to get there! I've been laying low(ish) with my social media posts over the last week and I will make a last major effort tomorrow and Monday to get those last few pledges in.

To everyone I've annoyed with my posts over this campaign I am truly sorry but it's for a good cause.

I have a list of the most essential tools made out and ready to go as soon as I know that I'm over the line. If I go over target then that money will be used for more tools that will be needed further down the line.

For this campaign I tried to keep the figure as low as possible to guarantee success but in all honesty I could easily spend double my target.

Thanks again to everyone who has pledged so far!

All photos in the updates were taken by Stephen Fennelly Photography Tralee.


Under 7 Days left to go

Wow, I'm exhausted from this campaign. There has been so much going on behind the scenes trying to push this project forward in these unprecedented times. It's been an absolute rollercoaster of highs and lows.

I watched 2 campaigns come to a close recently with lots of pledges in the final stages to get them over the line and I'm cautiously optimistic that I will successfully reach my target the same way too.

This weekend will tell a lot I believe. A local paper, Kerry's Eye will publish a small article on Thursday about my fundraising efforts so I'm hoping some local people will support me after reading.

Fingers crossed! Thanks again to everyone who has pledged so far, I'm very grateful to you all.


Closing Campaigns

Between last night and this morning I watched 2 other Fundit Campaigns reach their 100% mark and I have to say it was very exciting to see that happen live even if they had nothing to do with me. I did have visions of that happening to me though in the not too distant future.

One week ago we were all worried that nothing was happening in our campaigns and that the virus had got the better of people's generosity. In the last 3 days that has all changed and our campaign pledges started coming in steadily.

My campaign has over a week left and I currently stand at 58%. I'm confident I will get there but it has definitely been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to get this far.

I got some professional photos taken by a student before Christmas, I will share this action shot of a Hanging Ornament being turned.

Thank you to those who have recently pledged!

2 Weeks to go

Hi all,

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has pledged so far and I am delighted to announce that I have hit the 50% mark with just over 2 weeks to go!

I have been busy posting on all my social media accounts and it is quiet out there juding by the responses. Everyone is worried about Corvid-19 ( & rightly so) and everything seems to be slowing down due to uncertainty.

There is hope out there though and if we stay at home we can get through the storm. There is a future after this virus has gone and we should be mindful of that. Small businesses like mine will need help to rebuild up so that we can contribute to the local economy once again.

My campaign is now more vital than it was. If I didn't have enough money before I definitley do not have it to spare now and the funds for buying the new equipment would still need to be sourced down the line.  

I was unaware that the lowest pledge that can be made is €5. If you can't manage the reward amounts a smaller pledge would still count and be much appreciated. 

To everyone that has pledged so far can I ask you to share my campaign with at least one person that might be interested in an Irish Product or Woodturning Experience? Your request to people you know would carry far more weight than all of my posts.

When I'm down to the last 7 days the urgency of my campaign will change dramatically. If you are one of those last minute pledgers I'd ask that you please don't delay any further.

Many thanks,


12 Days into the Campaign

Just thought it was time to do my first update post. I was a little worried that there was no movement over the past few days but I got a huge boost today and the Campaign is now at 40% funded. I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

A very big Thank You to everyone who has pledged so far.  Hopefully I will get to 100% within the next 30 days and it would be even better to go beyond where I can cover  expenses.

Please keep sharing if you can?

Thank you all very much for supporting me, it means a great deal.


funders (30)

There are 22 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project