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Turning their hands to business

TWO schoolboys are proving there is no such thing as being too young to start a business, even in a recession.

Ronan (13) and Conor (10) McGarvey from Loughanure, in the Donegal Gaeltacht, can scarcely keep up with demand for their hand-turned wooden pens since launching the business eight months ago.

The brothers discovered the art of woodturning after watching a demonstration at a craft fair in Antrim last summer.

“Afterwards I got a class with him and I was hooked. It just went from there,” said Ronan, a first year pupil in Pobailscoil na Rosann, Dungloe. He and Conor use a shed at home as a workshop.

They estimate they have turned more than 300 pens from wood including yew, oak, ash, elm, beech and bog oak. They try to source wood locally from windfalls and scrap.

Last week, the Pobail Scoil Gaoth Dobhair principal ordered 70 pens as end-of-year prizes. Their website is: www.donegalpens.com

by Anita Guidera

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