Emmet Kane

Emmet Kane was born and raised in Castledermot, Co. Kildare Ireland. He comes from five generations of Master Craftsmen. Self-taught, Kane works predominantly in native hardwoods, citing a particular fondness for Irish oak, which he textures and ebonises, gilds and colours.  At times, his work looks like glass or plastic, even metal, until you draw near and see the texture or grain and wonder just how it was achieved. Kane has exhibited his work around the world and in 2015 he was the first living person in the History of the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History Collins Barracks Dublin to have retrospective exhibition ‘A Journey’: twenty-seven years of the work of Irish woodturner Emmet Kane. Exhibition was extended for over two years and closed in January 2017. Kane has accepted invitations to teach, lecture and demonstrate his unique brand of woodturning around the world, including woodturning symposiums in Australia, Finland, England, France, Norway, Germany, and USA and throughout the Island of Ireland.



“I have always been fascinated by what a wonderful example of natural design and engineering trees are on

landscape and in our environment, they have helped humanity develop to where we are today, by allowing humans to make weapons to hunt for food, fuel to cook and heat and providing the materials for shelter. To this day wood is a vital resource in the human and environmental development in the world. Having grown up and working in a rural landscape comprising of immense natural beauty along with many  exceptional archaeological features dating from the 6th Century, has a strong influence on my work. My instinctive connection with the wood comes from having five generations of Master Craftsmen in my family which is balanced by knowledge of contemporary style.

My work is always evolving over the years with a high emphasis on quality of craftsmanship in each piece. As each piece I create has it’s own distinct character which is determined by the combination of wood, texture, design and finish. Although each piece is unique, they are linked by an exploration of the relationship between the materials and the form, and the relationship between the internal and the external space.

Being dyslexic has helped me to approach my work differently because when I work there is no such word as can’t;

“I believe that anything is possible if you try and one must try”.