Author Archive | Robin Wood

Six happy years

Back in 2008 I blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. For those that don’t know in the UK we have the Crafts Council which supports the modern art end of the craft spectrum contemporary innovative” craft but we had no similar organisation for those of us who chose to work making more […]

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Apprenticeship

Big news, I have an apprentice. I have written before about the problems of apprenticeship into the crafts in the UK today. I was often been asked why I didn’t have an apprentice and also folk would write to me and ask if they could come and learn from me. I have had various folk come […]

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Robin Wood at Haddon Hall 20 year show

Medieval inspired woodwork displayed in the most perfect medieval house. 2015 marks 20 years that I have been a professional woodworker. To celebrate I have been offered a very special opportunity to show my work in the most perfect environment. Haddon Hall in Derbyshire is a simply incredible survival, a medieval manor house with the best […]

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Changes in the art world?

In yesterday’s Guardian I read about an artist I had never heard of yet his work has just broken records at auction for the work of a living artist. Peter Doig’s “Swamped” instantly appealed to me in many ways. It captures the spirit of a natural habitat that I love. It is what I think […]

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Heritage Crafts Association is 5 years old

Back in December 2008 I first blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. The Government funded Crafts Council has a limited remit for the “innovative contemporary” crafts leaving all of those of us making traditional functional work with no support or promotion at all. So it was that six years ago we had the first […]

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Grinding an axe the Sheffield way

This is Brian Alcock grinding one of my carving axes as they always used to do it in Sheffield. Brian is the last full time self employed grinder in Sheffield, the city that was once the tool capital of the world. 50 years of experience a great eye and a huge wheel running with water […]

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Spoon carving tools giveaway competition

COMPETITION CLOSED and the winner is……..Richard EadonSubmitted on 2015/02/13 at 7:15 pm an email on it’s way. Thanks everyone else for playing along.   Would you like a gorgeous set of woodcarving tools for free? Well here is your chance. My spoon carving tools starter kit proved incredibly popular in the run up to Christmas. […]

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