Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:44:48 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 The great axe fundraiser http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/09/30/great-axe-fundraiser/ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:29:13 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22921

For the last five years we have been making tools from home. The garage is stacked to the ceiling with stock. The woodshed is full of axes being oiled up and the front room has been turned into a leather workshop. People want more tools but we just don’t have the space or capacity to […]

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SPON you didn’t know you needed a book about spoons and then you saw this http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/30/spon-didnt-know-needed-book-spoons-saw/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/30/spon-didnt-know-needed-book-spoons-saw/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 16:44:43 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22792

Here is a book full of surprises. It could have been a book that just had a spoon course in a book, the spooncarving community would have bought it. It could have been a book of inspirational spoon pictures I’d have bought that, it could have been a lovely lifestyle book full of out of […]

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Michael May Sheffield pen knife maker http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/20/michael-may-sheffield-pen-knife-maker/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/20/michael-may-sheffield-pen-knife-maker/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 18:21:47 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22756

I wrote about Michael’s work last year so today about a year on I visited again and took some more photos of him at work making lovely pocket knives at his workshop at Portland Works. He now has a great website up where you can go and buy his knives. Check them out here This is […]

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What does apprenticeship mean? why I pay £10 an hour http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/17/apprenticeship-mean-i-pay-10-hour/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/05/17/apprenticeship-mean-i-pay-10-hour/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 11:12:48 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22741

I am often asked about apprenticeships in craft and want to share some thoughts and experiences. To many the word apprenticeship conjures a picture of a young person working for several years alongside someone with a skill, slowly learning the trade themselves. Some of the most amazing people I have met are folk that went through […]

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The Grinder, Sheffield grinder Brian Alcock grinding axes http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/04/19/grinder-sheffield-grinder-brian-alcock-grinding-axes/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/04/19/grinder-sheffield-grinder-brian-alcock-grinding-axes/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:02:59 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22715

Here’s a short film of Brian Alcock the last self employed grinder working in Sheffield. It’s a trade that dates back many centuries. The city is literally paved with worn out grindstones in places. Once every stream running through the area was dammed to power thousands of waterwheels. Brian grinds all of our axes along […]

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Gorgeous spoon carving film http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/02/10/gorgeous-spoon-carving-film/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/02/10/gorgeous-spoon-carving-film/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:36:18 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22648 A few years ago I wondered if we would saturate the spoon carving market, now I realise we are only just starting. There are thousands of potters around the country and still only a few dozen serious spoon carvers. I think this gorgeous film sums up what it is about better than any I have […]

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In the worlds of art and craft context is everything http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/18/worlds-art-craft-context-everything/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/18/worlds-art-craft-context-everything/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:29 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22622

This is a follow up to my popular blog post on how to price craftwork. There I argued that context was everything and that price can not be separated from context. There is I think an idea in the craft world that things have some form of inherent value, some things unquestionably achieve higher prices or are […]

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Pulled fibre birch brooms http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/13/pulled-fibre-birch-brooms/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/13/pulled-fibre-birch-brooms/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:46:44 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22613

I can’t remember when I first heard of pulled fibre birch brooms, it may have been in Sweden at Taljfest or may have been through my friend Jarrod Dahl in USA who now makes them ocassionally. Whatever they are a wonderful green woodworking craft. I wonder who first pulled a few birch fibres in this […]

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Tuatahi axe, my xmas present to me :) http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/07/tuatahi-axe-xmas-present/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2017/01/07/tuatahi-axe-xmas-present/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:04:32 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22547

Whilst you may not have heard of a Tuatahi axe I imagine most folk that read my blog will be familiar with the sport of axe racing, if not this is what it looks like. Those are no ordinary axes, they are racing axes, set up with edges at very acute angles between 13 and […]

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Last day of work playing with Trevor’s fly press http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/12/23/last-day-work-playing-trevors-fly-press/ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:59:46 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=22385

Well 2016 has been an amazing year for us. We have made so many tools for other woodworkers, particularly axes and hook knives for spooncarvers. 2017 is going to start off well too. Today we finally got the tooling fitted to the old fly press I bought from the workshop of Trevor Ablett and Reg […]

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