Raymond Halpin was born in Dublin and has lived in Canberra since 1989. I have been a member of the Guild since 2006.
I had no formal training in woodwork at school. I have won a number of prizes in Guild Exhibitions over the past few years and I make jewellery boxes and furniture. I undertake commissions, the most recent being presentation trays for the Office of the Governor General. I have learned most of skills through the Guild and I can recommend Woodcraft Guild ACT to anybody wishing to embark on a woodwork odyssey. I have run workshops in box making and furniture making at the Guild.
I use the name Suntasach for my woodwork. People ask what does the name Suntasach mean. The name Suntasach arose from visit from a friend from the UK to the “Warrumbungle’s”, a mountain range in NSW. The scenery gave rise to the frequent comment, “that’s impressive” from the visitor. I chose Suntasach the Irish Gaelic form of the word for impressive as the name for my woodwork.
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