Author Archive | Robin Wood

John Ruskin

A short blog post in honour of John Ruskin’s birthday. Ruskin’s writing have been a major influence on my own philosophy both directly and indirectly through Gandhi and Morris. The work that has most influenced me is The Nature of Gothic, from the Stones of Venice here is a sample quote. “We want one man […]

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The wonderful craft writing of Jon Henley

Jon Henley writes for the Guardian, his writing is a craft in itself, he is a notebook and shorthand man not a blackberry/iphone/google journalist. He is also a passionate advocate for the crafts and trades and I would love to share some of his choice pieces of writing. I first met him when he started […]

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I love my job

I love my job. I make useful things that people get pleasure from using. Yesterday was spent making spoon carving knives, some would consider it boring repetitive work, putting an identical 20 degree bend in 750 blades. I get pleasure out of setting everything up so that it works efficiently, smoothly, precisely, with little stress […]

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Just a man

Just found this and love it   What is he?  -A man, of course.  Yes, but what does he do?  -He lives and is a man. Oh quite! But he must work.  He must have a job of some sort  -Why?  Because obviously he’s not one of the leisured classes.  -I don’t know.  He has […]

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