using woodware

I like to make things for use, personally I get a lot of pleasure out of beautiful but functional objects that I use in my daily life and that is what I aim for in my work. So it was a pleasure to receive this message today from the customers I mentioned on Friday 18th.

“Thought you might like confirmation that the plates and bowls we bought the
other day are being enjoyed in the regular daily use for which they were
made. The benefit I had not anticipated is their sheer practicality – light,
robust, no need for warming, hot food and cold salads happily alongside on
the same dish. And of course they look and feel good too.
May your lathe long keep turning!”

In a similar vein I had an order yesterday for a silver mounted quaich as a gift for the customers 95 year old father. The customer was concerned as to whether the linseed treatment would taint the whiskey. Now I had to confess that whilst I use examples of nearly all my woodware at home I had never drunk whiskey from a quaich so last night I put one to the test and found it to be a remarkably pleasant experience. I had always thought they were a bit small but they were in fact just right for whiskey and the spirit made the wood glow beautifully. The folk who designed the originals that I copied had obviously done some testing themselves.

2 Responses to using woodware

  1. miss rika February 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    Hallo! I’m the girl whose father ordered two porringers and a spoon as Christmas gifts.I use at least one bowl and the spoon daily, and they are nothing to keep up and a pleasure to use. I actually prefer the wooden bowl to a ceramic one, now.Given your skill in historical reproduction, I wonder if you’ve ever thought of making a dough trough (pics 1, 2? Would that just be a turned item or a carved one, or both?

  2. Robin Wood February 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi Rika,Glad you liked your porringers and are enjoying using them. I use one of those for my meusli every morning. Thanks very much for your comments here its good to know people are looking.I made some copies of dough troughs from the Mary Rose a year or two ago for the Weald and Downland museum they are carved not turned but a nice project.