Grant’s Story at Sea…
Grant’s story began as he grew up around boats on the Irish Sea & Shannon Lakes. He was also lucky enough to travel the world on the then Irish Sail Training Vessel, Asgard II, initially as a Trainee and latterly as Bosun.
On his return to Dublin, he set up Safewater Marine Services providing clients with professional boat maintenance and repair to full refits.
Grant’s story as a Designer & Sculptor in Dublin…
Grant has always been inspired by high levels of craftsmanship and has been drawn to beautifully made pieces that are, not just good to look at, but have a useful purpose which should be used in an everyday setting. Grant Designs, established in 2017, was the natural progression.
“Expertise & experience are different. I have learnt from experts, but have also built my own skills & experience through practice & experiment. I try to bring this through in my craft, as each new design brings a new challenge which I relish”
Grant is always comfortable with a nautical theme, “I always enjoy working with sail shapes, like my Zanzibar & Skyline yacht models. I also design Sculptures with leaf and organic shapes. Leaves are like miniature sails and, once I visualise how the wind is going to move something, it works for me.”
Grant’s Chopping Boards & Serving Platters are all made from the highest quality timbers that he can source. Different woods have different characters and behaviours and Grant will always work with the timbers, rather than against them.
“It is always wonderful to hear from customers the huge range of purposes that they use our boards for in their homes and this makes their uniqueness even more pronounced.”
As a Sculptor in Dublin, Grant has exhibited at Sculpture in Context in the National Botanic Gardens Dublin with Copper in Flame in 2018, Still Leaf in 2019, Release at the SIC virtual exhibition in 2020 and Seedling back at the Botanic Gardens in 2021.
He also exhibited at The Secret Garden Exhibition at Grennan Mill Thomastown Summer 2021 and Art Source RDS, Dublin November 2021
Grant has also designed & handcrafted the Perpetual & Individual Trophies for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Tricentenial Celebrations in 2021.
The WAVE 2022 Awards for Howth Yacht Club as Presentation Gifts to the Regatta Sponsors.
The OCR Class Powerboat Races in Malahide 2016.
Private & Corporate Commissions Invited.
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort” John Ruskin.