now likes to build heirloom pieces. In
addition to working with traditional
hand tools, McKeagney also employs
ArtCam software and CNC router
“I believe that if my ancestors had
access to the same technology they
would use it, too,” McKeagney says.
“A lot of what is traditionally difficult
for woodworkers to do becomes very
doable on a CNC machine. As a woodworker I’m able to visualize and project
out what I’m going to do in advance of
doing it. Then the execution is actually a short part of the entire project
because all the work is done on the
Although McKeagney reveres hand work and comes from a tradition of craftsmen in Ireland,
he says working with software and CNC gives him advantages that he thinks his ancestor
craftsmen would have embraced.
McKeagney says he likes working with software to create designs first and then adjust it to suit
any room’s dimensions.