Handcrafted, personalised, unique
Kingfisher Craft was set up in 2011 by Master Carpenter Paul Walsh who is based in Foxford Co. Mayo. The company designs and creates a range of bespoke hand crafted wooden canoes, kayaks, surfboards and paddles.
The company is unique in its approach to its craft which has been described as "functional art" and "too beautiful to put in the water". All kingfisher craft products no matter how beautiful are fully functional hard wearing products built to last. Kingfisher Craft has a small workshop on the banks of the river Moy in Foxford where all products have been extensively tested and developed. Kingfisher Craft will also be offering classes and workshops to schools and groups starting in September 2012.
Paul is a carpenter and has worked in the profession for many years. His career as wooden boat builder started as a hobby and has over the last number of years become his passion. His current products were inspired by the many beautiful handmade wooden canoes and kayaks which are common on the lakes and rivers in North America where Paul lived in the 1990's. Upon returning to Ireland Paul worked in the construction sector. In 2010 Paul began to specialise in Cedar wooden canoes, kayaks, surf boards & paddles. His well trained eye and attention to detail enables him to produce wooden crafts of the highest quality. He has been developing and testing his products on the rivers and lakes of Mayo since 2011.