Pat Murphy, the skilled craftsman and wood turner behind CK53 Design credits You Tube and The Cottage Market Kildorrery with his success. You Tube provided the design and woodwork tutorials and The Cottage Market provided the opportunity to show the local community of Kildorrery in County Cork what he could do.
What started as a hobby and easy supply of firewood for the family, “all the fails went straight to the pile by the stove” is now a thriving business based in the premises of the Murphy’s original family’s business, the registration number of which is behind the name of Pat’s design business. A butcher’s for over 100 years the building is now Pat’s workshop for which he has an open door policy so people can stop buy for a chat and even an ad hoc woodwork lesson if they’re lucky and soon to be shop where Pat will display the beautiful wooden home and garden furniture he makes to order.
“Working with wood keeps me sane but it was only ever a hobby until I went to The Cottage Market in Kildorrery one Chrismtas and thought maybe I could chance a stall and sure was the worst that could happen. Whilst I have a part time job to help pay the bills CK53 Design is getting busier and busier, mostly through word of mouth and recommendations from The Cottage Market. Orders are flying since I started at The Cottage Market Kildorrery two years ago and it is the best advertising you could ask for. Feedback from customers has helped me with everything from pricing to design and all going well this time next year I’ll be 5 days a week at CK53Design instead of 3”
Pat works with all types of wood making garden furniture, coffee tables, chopping boards and pens ranging from €15 to €500. The bespoke orders may be challenging but the stories behind them make them really special be it the pair of pens made from three different wood representing the couple’s home country and Jerusalum where they honeymooned or the chopping board made with the exotic sounding Purple Heart wood shipped to Australia to mark a special occasion. Ever mindful of the environment Pat minimises any waste and makes coasters from scrap wood that are hugely popular with this customers and oftentimes local foresters will arrive with felled spalted beech or the like happy to gift them to Pat and support his business.
With the workshop fully equipped and plans for the shop underway Pat is coming online to share his designs and story via Instagram.