by Bill Esler
email@example.com ARCHITECTURAL MILLWORK
Modern technology meets Old
Gabriel McKeagney copies Hearst Castle ceilings in solid wood
and MDF, cut to fit.
Gabriel McKeagney is bringing modern tech- nology to Old World craftsmanship, most
recently creating an architectural
millwork masterpiece by using software
and CNC to reproduce a famed elaborate ceiling originally handcrafted for
the Heast Castle in California.
McKeagney originally hails from
Tempo, County Fermanagh, Northern
Ireland, but he has worked in Southern
California for 20 years.
He is the fifth-generation of a fam-
ily known for its skills in woodwork,
this same affinity for wood, art and
math, it was an intuitive decision for
McKeagney to embark on his ances-
tors’ footsteps and become a full-time
apprentice as a master woodworker.
His life practice and love of art, aesthetic and design inform his work and
further drives his original aesthetic,
He has long loved and understands
the language of carving and drives it in
his work, making it modern where necessary, but never shying away from an
element in 3D or a carving necessary to
complete the overall aesthetic.
“I was very influenced by the past
and what my ancestors did. I grew up
in Northern Ireland in a small village
called Tempo,” says KcKeagney. “I will
be the fifth generation of woodwork-
ers; the biggest thing that I’ve done
here is to embrace the technology
that’s available to us today as wood-
During his career as a woodworker,
McKeagney has worked in his native
Ireland, as well as England, New York,
and San Francisco, and is now based
in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Having mastered the art of furniture
design and manufacture, McKeagney
The original Hearst Castle ceiling incorporates carving, mouldings and painted motifs.