craftsmanship apprenticeship etc. – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:23:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apprenticeship http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/08/16/apprenticeship/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/08/16/apprenticeship/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:02:07 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18517

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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What is Real Craft? The place of machines and the alienation of labour? http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/11/17/real-craft-alienation-labour/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/11/17/real-craft-alienation-labour/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:15:41 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=16667

I want to share some ideas about what craft means to me. My starting point will be an essay by Chris Eckersley as part of his exhibition “Real Craft” He starts the essay “The idea of things being ‘crafted’ has rarely been as popular as it is today. Whereas in the 1990s the marketing buzz-word […]

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I have a new assistant http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/02/05/new-assistant/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/02/05/new-assistant/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:02:04 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15179

I often get asked if I take on apprentices. On the whole I am willing to share my skills so long as those that come to learn can find a way to make it work so that they are not  a net drain on my business, which actually isn’t easy. Crispin will be working with […]

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Tourist’s London, a craftsman’s choice http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/11/03/tourists-london-a-craftsmans-choice/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/11/03/tourists-london-a-craftsmans-choice/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 13:58:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/11/03/tourists-london-a-craftsmans-choice So here’s the brief, two days in London with my 15 year old son Ollie during half term, a mix of educational and fun stuff, seeing the sights of London without breaking the bank. We started a bit off the beaten tourist track unless it is the Beatles fans tour. No1 Saville Row home of […]

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Saville Row tailoring behind the scenes http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/09/27/saville-row-tailoring-behind-the-scenes/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/09/27/saville-row-tailoring-behind-the-scenes/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:19:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2012/09/27/saville-row-tailoring-behind-scenes Yesterday I had the delightful experience of seeing behind the scenes at No.1 Saville Row home of Gieves and Hawkes. I was astonished at how many people work in the cellars below the shops on the Row and how much handwork is involved. This is the view down the long room where most of the […]

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Journal of Modern Craft article http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/08/22/journal-of-modern-craft-article/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/08/22/journal-of-modern-craft-article/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:43:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/08/22/journal-of-modern-craft-article The Journal of Modern Craft contains some of the most thought provoking writing on current craft practice worldwide. I was delighted to be asked by the editors to submit a piece which appears in the current issue. Technology and hand skill in craft and industry. As a craftsman I am interested in how stuff is […]

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JW Evans silversmiths, saved or lost? http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/07/17/jw-evans-silversmiths-saved-or-lost/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/07/17/jw-evans-silversmiths-saved-or-lost/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 13:35:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/07/17/jw-evans-silversmiths-saved-or-lost When a craft business that has a special part in our history is in danger of closing what should we do? How about buy it and spend large sums of public money on preserving the building, artifacts and accumulated detritus whilst letting the last skilled artisans stop work and walk away? Two years ago I […]

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Balvenie Masters of Craft awards http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/06/02/balvenie-masters-of-craft-awards-2/ Thu, 02 Jun 2011 23:49:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/06/02/balvenie-masters-of-craft-awards-2 Last night a select group of craftsfolk from around the UK left their workshops and headed to a very posh hotel in London’s Mayfair (yes the one with the most expensive houses on the monopoly board and in real life too) We were at the Connaught to celebrate the winners of the Balvenie Masters of […]

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craft, work and the Luddites at 200 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/22/craft-work-and-the-luddites-at-200/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/22/craft-work-and-the-luddites-at-200/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 22:31:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/22/craft-work-and-luddites-at-200 Should we the craft community be celebrating the bicentenary of the 1811 Luddite rebelions? In modern usage in the UK to call someone a Luddite can be a slightly derogatory term used to imply someone is against all change and blindly rejects any complex modern technology in favour of older simpler technology.  Some people on […]

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craft skills forum http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/17/craft-skills-forum/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/17/craft-skills-forum/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 11:33:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/05/17/craft-skills-forum Last Wednesday 11th May leaders of the UK craft world came together to discuss issues or craft skills training and how to address them, it was an inspiring and positive day. We had over 100 delegates mostly chairs of the various craft organisations from the weavers spinners and dyers, basketmakers and craft potters to blacksmiths […]

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