Benchspace is a shared access workshop in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to local furniture makers, designers, and particularly to graduates and early career professionals.
By sharing the cost of equipment, rent and commercial rates, Benchspace significantly cuts the cost of starting a new fine furniture or woodworking business in Cork.
Our ambition is to create an incubation space for new creative businesses, thereby fostering employment and contributing to the cultural and economic fabric of the City.
Benchspace Cork is the first coworking workshop of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies. Our space is in the former Ford factory in Cork which has a tangible heritage as a centre of commerce and production.
After graduating from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Brendan Corcoran first worked in Cork, and then moved to Toronto to enhance his learning, working with well-known Canadian Makers.
His style combines long-established traditional construction techniques with modern contemporary minimalism. Using locally sourced, native hardwoods, he draws out the woods’ inherent beauty to compliment his designs.
Brendan’s work includes furniture, smaller pieces of cabinetry, jewellery boxes, chess boards, cutting boards etc. He also works on kitchens and commercial installations.
Always striving, Brendan is currently exploring custom knife making.
Sean is from Cork and currently lectures in GMIT Letterfrack, the centre of excellence for furniture making in Ireland.
Tony Farrell is a successful woodturner, his work has been exhibited internationally and is on sale both online and in retail. He is former engineering lecturer in CIT and current chair of Cork Craft & Design, a not for profit that assists craftspeople and designers to market their work through exhibitions, events and through their Shop in Douglas Mills in Cork.
Fergus is a furniture design teacher in CSN in Cork, with an interest in 3D design and digital fabrication.
Benchspace Working Group
The following have given time, effort and advice since we started this project:
Martina Holtby Conway
Brian Mc Auliffe
John Mc Carthy
Julia Mc Carthy
Jerry O Brien
John O’ Shea
Donal O Sullivan