Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:23:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Black Friday” sorry it’s “buy nothing day” @www.robin-wood.co.uk http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/24/black-friday-sorry-buy-nothing-day-www-robin-wood-co-uk/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/24/black-friday-sorry-buy-nothing-day-www-robin-wood-co-uk/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:07:03 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21898

I am an environmentalist. I sincerely believe that our current  consumerist society is trashing the earth and robbing our children and grandchildren of the inheritance that we had. They sadly will not inherit an earth in sound health ready to sustain life, fecund with healthy soil, stable climate, clean water and air. I have been […]

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Visiting Britain’s tallest trees Glen Quaich and other Scottish adventures. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/24/visiting-britains-tallest-trees-glen-quaich-scottish-adventures/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/24/visiting-britains-tallest-trees-glen-quaich-scottish-adventures/#respond Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:09:33 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21862

A couple of weeks ago I was in the North of Scotland working at the Balvenie distillery, turning some quaichs at the launch of some very special whisky. Whilst there we took the time to visit some very special places. On the way up we just had to drive through Glen Quaich. I’ve been turning […]

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Heritage branding and authenticity, is it the real deal? http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/21/heritage-branding-authenticity-real-deal/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/11/21/heritage-branding-authenticity-real-deal/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:07:31 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21808

Heritage branding is all the rage at moment, the marketing buzzwords are heritage, craft, hand made, authenticity but how many of the products behind these words are the real deal? Today I saw an absolute cracker. It seems Dulux are getting envious of Farrow and Ball‘s increasing share of the luxury paint market (Dulux after all […]

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Quality http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/30/quality/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/30/quality/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:08:17 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21433

QUALITY. I always struggled with the commissioning process. When it gets to that point where you hand the work over I never knew if the client really liked it. I think that is a self doubt many craftspeople feel. Several years ago I met a blacksmith who told me he never felt that doubt. In fact […]

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New film of my work http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/04/new-film-work/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/04/new-film-work/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 12:34:27 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21246 A new film of the work I made for my show at Haddon Hall inspired by the incredible medieval woodwork there. The film was commissioned by my friend and mentor Bill Amberg. Bill Amberg Studio @ Haddon Hall with Robin Wood from Bill Amberg Studio on Vimeo.

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New axe sheath for Robin Wood axe. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/03/new-axe-sheaths-robin-wood-axe/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/09/03/new-axe-sheaths-robin-wood-axe/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2016 17:11:25 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=21235

The best way to keep an axe sharp is to store it in a leather sheath when not in use. It’s fun to make your own axe sheath but many folk would rather buy one and concentrate on the woodworking. We have sourced some of the best vegetable tanned leather available made by Clayton’s one […]

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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/#comments 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/#comments 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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