Author Archive | Robin Wood

Sheffield knife makers

Yesterday I visited some wonderful old Sheffield knife makers with a group of folk from the British Blades forum. Nicola has spent quite a bit of time recording these folk on film but for me it was great to see the old skills alongside some very up to date production. First we went to Taylors […]

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adzes

This tool is called an adze, it is just like an axe but the cutting edge is at 90 degrees to the handle. Adzes come either with straight blades for creating flat surfaces or curved ones for hollowing. This is a very old one I bought in Romania in 1998 and works excedingly well. I […]

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Swedish woodworking

This week I had a visit from Anders Theodorson our Swedish friend who we have stayed with several times when visiting the Swedish National craft school at Saterglantan. He works for the Swedish company Clas Ohlson and was over for the opening of their first store in the UK. It was nice that he was […]

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a typical day?

I tend to do a bit of everything each day and today was pretty typical. This morning was very cold with a hard frost, I answered emails, kept up to date and answered some questions on a couple of woody/bushcrafty forums then packed up a couple of parcels of sets of plates. Then I tried […]

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David Pye

A couple of weeks ago I was scanning wooden bowls for sale on ebay as I do occasionally when I spotted one made by David Pye. I was delighted to buy it. David Pye who died in 1993 has been an inspiration to me for years, he was a turner, carver and for many years, […]

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Back to where I started

Well when I started my blog back in January I was making porringers. In March I oiled them up, here they are. And now they have all been sold so I have to make more. Today I parceled up the last 6 for a customer and also cut up another big lump of beech to […]

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on exhibition in the USA

A couple of weeks ago some of my work went on exhibition in Philadelphia as part of the “Challenge VII” exhibition which aims to show interesting pieces that are pushing the boundaries of the art of woodturning in the world today. The very posh catalogue arrived yesterday and I was delighted not only to be […]

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spooncarving course dates 2009

We have finally got round today to sorting out the diary and booking dates for our carving courses next year. We hold them in the village hall in Edale, some folk run carving courses outside but that is realy very weather dependent. With spoon carving we are not doing so much strenuous activity that we […]

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wooden plates

I have been back in the workshop this week turning wooden plates, when the wood is in perfect condition and the tools sharp it really is a joy. Particularly so since I know people enjoy eating off the plates so much. Whilst my bowls vary quite a lot with plates I only make one design […]

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