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This is a piece of Macrocarpa that was blown down during the big storm three years ago.  It was a very large tree which was sited at the entrance to St Flannans College in Ennis, Co Clare.

Clare County Council gave me permission to take a piece and last September I started to carve it.  Macrocarpa is a beautiful wood to carve and it took me approximately two months to get it to the present state.  It is not finished as I want the wood to dry out a lot, so I probably will not finish the wood until August 2016.

The original design for the wood was of a male accordion player, as a friend of mine died a couple of years ago and he was a traditional Irish musician as was his father Sonny Murray, my friend was Kevin Murray and he was a Uilleann piper, his father was an accordion player.  So I thought I would design up a piece commemorating the two men into one design.

As the piece started to take shape however the male accordion player became a female accordion player.  These things do happen and as I was carving the piece for myself, I let the wood dictate how it should flow.  Anyway as it just so happens Kevin’s sister Helen now plays her fathers accordion.

I have not found a site for this piece yet, but as the All Ireland Fleadh is going to be held in Ennis this year, I should be able to find a site for it in the town.

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