Author Archive | Robin Wood

“Englands last master Cooper”

This interesting article appeared in the Telegraph 14/01/09 “England’s last remaining master cooper Alastair Simms has predicted that the nation’s barrel-making trade will go to the grave with him. “ Mr Simms said his “only regret” is that no one will carry on the trade when he retires Mr Simms, 45, began working as an […]

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a new japanese carpenters axe

Yesterday I received a very exciting parcel through the post, my German Friend Hannes after his carpentry apprenticeship spent his journeyman time working in Japan with traditional temple builders. When he helped me build our timber framed logstore I coveted his beautiful Japanese tools and in particular a gorgeous carpenters axe. Hannes has just been […]

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baby bowl

A couple of years ago I was contacted by a researcher studying Viking bowls from excavations in Dublin. Her research was interrupted by maternity leave but we are now back in touch and here is a picture of 1 year old Aoife with her wooden bowl, a copy of a medieval design but still working […]

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how to make home made paint

I started playing with eco paints many years ago and tried various limewashes, milk paints etc. The recipe which I use now we learned whilst I was teaching at the National Hancrafts school in Sweden, it is quick and very easy to make, cheap quick drying, smells nice and when fully cured washable. It is […]

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