Author Archive | Robin Wood

Bowl finds a good home

I always love to see photos of my bowls and plates in use and to hear from folk that enjoy using them. A couple of weeks ago I had a visit at the workshop from a regular Blog corespondent “Miss Rika”. When folk can see where the bowls are made and choose the one that […]

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Copper boat nails

I started using traditional copper boat nails in my woodwork a couple of years ago, they make an incredibly strong fixing, look great and age beautifully. Since then the price of copper has gone up enormously resulting in the nails doubling in price. I use quite a lot of them when building a bridge and […]

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bridge wins CPRE design award

I just heard that the last bridge I built at Golden Clough, Edale has won a Campaign for Rural England design award. This is the 25th year of the awards which aim to “celebrate particularly fine examples of projects which make a positive contribution to the rural scene.” It is the second time I have […]

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Its been a busy few weeks trying to fit work in with spending time with the children during school holidays and not much time for the computer. I have been doing some more work on the bridge I started way back in May. The new bridge is in an inacesible location and we are building […]

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the perfect customer

This week I sent out a set of 8 plates to a lovely customer who uses my plates on his boat. This is the email he sent me. “We bought a set of your plates 9 years ago for our sailing boat Alice we built and completed in 2000 ,they have been in use ever […]

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Ollies sculptures

This week I have been working in a nice woodland on a bridge project and Ollie my 11 year old has been coming out with me and making sculptures in a Richard Long/Golsworthy sort of style. This sort of play is all about interacting with the environment and the benefits are very deep for adults […]

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ridley scott film on hold

This morning started with a radio interview at 7.15 on Radio Derby about the Ridley Scott commission and during the day I was packing up the bowls which are all ready to go now. I am pleased with them but they do look a bit drap since they wanted them untreated so that it will […]

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laburnum and silver

These two bowls are just off to a customer, a nice chap who has been collecting my work for a couple of years and has a taste for nice pieces. I did some photos of them for Goldsmiths magazine for an article they want to run and the laburnum photographs really well. Top one is […]

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a bit of fun with the press

These days it is not enough to simply make nice things. In order to make a living craftsmen have to be businessmen too, in fact probably less than half my working time is spent actually making things, I spend a fair bit of time answering emails, packaging and posting work out, fetching wood, forging tools, […]

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