Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:04:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Teaching Woodcarving at Glastonbury Festival http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/07/02/teaching-woodcarving-glastonbury-festival/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/07/02/teaching-woodcarving-glastonbury-festival/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:42:14 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20849 Glastonbury is the biggest outdoor festival of the performing arts in the World. It is so very special. I first visited around 1984 when there were small free festivals all over the country. Most folk walked in to Glastonbury for free though I think some paid. Today it’s attended by around 175,000 people and tickets […]

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Phoenix from the ashes Michael May knives http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/26/phoenix-from-the-ashes-michael-may-knives/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/26/phoenix-from-the-ashes-michael-may-knives/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 21:50:55 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20591

Sheffield has always been famous for high quality knives, now there is a new name to look out for and his work is very exciting. Regular blog readers will have been familiar with the work of Trevor Ablett and his death was a sad loss but I have great news.  Michael May is a young knife […]

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UK is being left behind in the race to save intangible cultural heritage http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/22/uk-is-being-left-behind-in-the-race-to-save-intangible-cultural-heritage/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/22/uk-is-being-left-behind-in-the-race-to-save-intangible-cultural-heritage/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20512

In 2003 UNESCO created an important convention for safeguarding heritage, 168 of the worlds  198 countries have signed up to the convention but  a few are being left behind including the UK.  The UK used to lead the world in heritage management and our heritage is one of the main reasons tourists visit us so what is going […]

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Creative goodness http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/04/15/creative-goodness/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/04/15/creative-goodness/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:00:53 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20285

Tonight was the last in Julia Bradbury’s series of “walks with a view” and she led viewers around my home valley of Edale. On the way she stopped by the workshop and helped turn a bowl. You can see the program on ITV player here  not sure how long it will be live for or if […]

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The story of a spoon http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/04/12/the-story-of-a-spoon/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/04/12/the-story-of-a-spoon/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:51:26 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20264

The story of a spoon. Some folk think it’s a lot of effort to make a spoon, it’s nothing compared to this. Or you could learn to carve gorgeous functional sculptures that are a joy to use or give to friends. Lets take a tiny step toward a world of zero carbon spoons. This one […]

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Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/02/27/spooncarving-knife-making-in-sheffield/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/02/27/spooncarving-knife-making-in-sheffield/#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:26:46 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19939

This week I have been making another batch of spooncarving knife blades, or perhaps I should say blade blanks as the bulk of the time in a finished blade is actually in the final sharpening processes. Anyway these are the blades at the first stage of bending, these ones are all right handers. I bend […]

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Do what you love http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/26/do-what-you-love/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/26/do-what-you-love/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:46:23 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19394

As the year draws to a close I tend to become reflective and to check I am really doing what I want to do with my life. This year I am more reflective than normal, a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine died after a short illness. Paul was a lovely, lovely man, […]

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The Man Who Made Things From Trees, me on Radio 4 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/23/the-man-who-made-things-from-trees-me-on-radio-4/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/23/the-man-who-made-things-from-trees-me-on-radio-4/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:55:16 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19384

Nearly three years ago I was visited by a lovely chap by the name of Rob Penn. He was fascinated by trees and was on an interesting journey. He had had an ash tree felled and was trying to get as many things as possible made from the one tree. He was planning a book […]

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Black Friday http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:17:19 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19034

How can a maker rebel against the worst excesses of consumerism yet still make a living from making and selling stuff? This is a dilemma I struggle with. The Western world is too full of stuff, most of it produced in far off lands with working conditions and environmental practices we outlawed years ago. Most […]

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Sharing craft at North House Folk School http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/25/sharing-craft-at-north-house-folk-school/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/25/sharing-craft-at-north-house-folk-school/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:33:03 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19019

North House Folk School is  a very special place. I taught a course here last year and was delighted to be asked back to share my knowledge of bowlturning and take part in the fresh cut symposium. I was so busy teaching I don’t seem to have many photos so these are just a small […]

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