Clamp in class of its own
Galway teacher's design passes Bruce Lett's test
Last August I attended my first Tullamore Show because of the Farming Independent's involvement in the Inventions Competition section. Not sure what to expect, I was more than pleasantly surprised by both the high standard and number of entries in the competition.
After the show, we featured a selection of the entries in the Farming Independent, with a little detail about each item and the individual or company who designed it.
One of the items that drew a large number of enquiries was the Log Clamp made by Co Galway man Tony Finnerty, who is a teacher at Columba College VEC in Killucan, outside Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
The clamp was also one of my favourites as I process quite a lot of timber for the winter months and liked the strength and make-up of Tony's creation.
As well as being extremely well made, he obviously put a lot of thought into the design, enabling it to retain every shape, length and size of timber limb.
Speaking to Tony a couple of weeks after the event, he said he had received a large number of enquiries for the Log Clamp, with people even contacting his local Garda station and the VEC trying to track him and his Log Clamp down -- I should have put his telephone number with a picture of the product in the Farming Independent.
This level of interest prompted Tony to develop the Log Clamp further, and a couple of weeks ago I spoke to him again after he completed his first production run.
"People liked the Log Clamp when they saw it at the Tullamore Show and in the Farming Independent, so I made drawings and set about putting it into production," he said.