Carraig na Rón
Handcrafted Designs from Reclaimed Hardwood
Carraig na Rón is a family business creating handcrafted wooden designs from reclaimed oak and custom made laser engraved gifts. From his seaside studio located at the edge of Ireland, local craftsman Martin Clinton produces his original artworks for people all over the world.
The idea for Carraig na Rón began when Fanad man Martin Clinton realised he wanted to create authentic craft pieces for the new visitor centre that had opened in his local Lighthouse http://fanadlighthouse.com/
Martin was inspired to invest in a state of the art laser cutting machine. He wanted to create items for tourists to buy right here in Fanad instead of shipping them in from another country. He thought – “I can do that” And so he did.
But you can also go back decades to trace the beginning of this unique family business. The Clintons have lived in this ‘edge of sea’ place for generations. Martins Father, Eamon is a well known local craftsman. A skilled and innovative carpenter, this is a man who can make something from anything.
Martin remembers as a child watching his father craft and create in his woodshed the back of the house. Today Martins three children watch as their Grandfather, and now their father too, create and craft handmade items in their workshops beside the sea.
With Carraig na Rón, Martin has developed a unique craft business where each piece is thoughtfully designed in harmony with a rich Gaelic history, stunning traditional skills and cutting-edge contemporary technology.
“I have now bought a number of pieces from Carraig na Rón and am really pleased with the quality of the goods and with the friendly and efficient service. Tá mé thar a bheith sásta go bhfuil seirbhís trí Ghaeilge agus earraí Gaeilge á chur ar fáil ag Martin”.
“I accidentally came across Carraig na Rón on Facebook and immediately contacted Martin…within minutes we were discussing Christmas decorations. We feel the Carraig na Rón style is traditional with a contemporary twist, which makes their product very appealing. Our Craft shop has been so busy selling their products in the past few weeks. Martin has also designed some specific pieces for our Visitor Centre Café here in An tSean Bheairic. We look forward to developing more new lines with Carraig na Rón in the future. Maith sibh”.
“I was delighted to discover Martin Clintons work at Carraig na Rón. From the initial contact Martin was professional, helpful and willing to create unique pieces for my gift shop. I love that the work he has created is unique to my area and the customers love it too. Martin provides a fantastic service with a quick turnaround if you need stock fast! So looking forward to working more with Carraig na Ron in the future”.
“I commissioned Martin to make a plaque for my husband’s shed, as a surprise for his birthday. (The shed was his present to himself.) He was absolutely delighted with the plaque, which makes it clear the shed is his (and no one else’s!) and is decorated with two silhouettes of our cats. The quality of the plaque is very high – it’s carefully finished to the highest standard and the wood grain comes through beautifully. The cats look just like ours! My husband’s friends are all very envious and I’m thrilled with the workmanship and care that’s made it such a personal piece. We’ll treasure it for many years to come.”