Its really excellent to see new ventures and start-up companies doing well and Co. Sligo seems to be a ideal nurturing ground for young businesses and entrepreneurial support. Big wave surfer Barry Mottershead and his partner Lizzy are the minds behind Salt of the Earth Studio. Taking inspiration from the rugged surroundings and people of the Northwest of Ireland the new design studio and shop has an ever evolving and eclectic range of handmade products from jewellery to tools, to toys for the Ocean. As surfers, its the toys for the ocean that really captured our eye and Barry’s hand shaped Handplane made form cherry wood is as much a thing of sculptural beauty as it is extremely fun to use in the sea. Check out Barry doing some field testing in some hollow barrels on the west coast of Ireland in this video.