turns Rathvilly estate wood into gold
The Carlow Nationalist, August 22 2008
THERE’S the well-known tale about the little
old lady in Texas who sold her property because she had difficulty
growing anything in the garden. The earth was black and sticky.
The new owners drilled for oil and developed her garden into one
of the state’s major and highly profitable oil producers.
The moral is that there is often gold in our own back yards –
in this case, black gold – and it’s there for the looking.
Illustrating this principle of entrepreneurship is the development
of Bunbury Boards by William Bunbury, chief executive of Lisnavagh
Timber Project at Lisnavagh Estate, Rathvilly, not so very far from
Baltinglass. His business has just expanded again to produce unique
boards of exceptional quality, with every Bunbury Board being handcrafted
on the premises. William Bunbury told The Nationalist last Friday
that the smaller boards made from kilndried hardwoods are ideally
suited for cheeses, herbs, fruit and bread while the larger boards
are crafted for carving and chopping – or as charcuterie servers,
displays and platters.
Each board now sold under the registered name of Bunbury Boards
is stamped with a unique log reference so that the marketer or owner
can download its tree report. Distribution has started through
The Kilkenny Shop in Nassau Street, Dublin and High Street, Galway
and nearest outlet, Cook’s Haven in Kilkenny, owned by Patricia
Hennessy. Other carefully chosen outlets here and abroad are being
William developed his timber business from scratch in 2001, using
– as a starting point – the trees from the estate which
had to be thinned out and felled, as well as windfallen trees uprooted
during gales. He developed a Unique Selling Point for his timber
by being able to provide a certificate identifying the tree from
which the wood was hewn, giving not only a history of the tree (complete
with photograph), but the actual number of the plank.
Another premium-builder is the very fact that it is authenticated
Irish wood, with the written assurance
that the tree is from sustainable Irish woodland. The business was
started to sell hardwood to small and medium sized woodworkers and
In 2004 the business expanded and a workshop was built in order
to make custom built timber items,
such as kitchen worktops, bookshelves and bespoke furniture. Registration
of the brand name
Bunbury Boards took place this year with resident wood-craftsman
Bradley Richards playing an
important part in developing these unique pieces which are likely
to be treasured in years to come.
For more details see the brand new website
http://www.bunburyboards.com or call 059- 916-1784 and ask for
Dena Nolan. She’s a real wood-guru.