industrial heritage – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:11:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 new jeans made in Wales http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/17/new-jeans-made-in-wales/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/17/new-jeans-made-in-wales/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 21:57:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/17/new-jeans-made-in-wales For a long time it has been possible to buy clothing cheap and not know the true costs, by that I mean the thousands of Indian cotton farmers that have committed suicide in the last ten years or the thousand killed in the horrific Bangladesh factory collapse. Well there are alternatives. Today my new jeans arrived in the […]

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one of the last British bootmakers http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/one-of-the-last-british-bootmakers/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/one-of-the-last-british-bootmakers/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:04:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/one-of-last-british-bootmakers This place is a real find and just down the road from me at Stoney Middleton. Folk know about them in the USA, Japan and London, I have driven past the door thousands of times but only just heard they were there, so join me on a tour of William Lennon bootmakers. They have been […]

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Middleport Pottery http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/21/middleport-pottery/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/21/middleport-pottery/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:03:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/21/middleport-pottery Middleport Pottery is one of the best craft experiences I have had and a fascinating insight into a craft evolving into industrial manufacture. The pottery has a long history which is well documented, it was faced with closure and in 2011 was saved by the Prince’s Trust for Regeneration. The idea was not to keep […]

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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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Radio 4 You and Yours on Sheffield heritage skills and HCA craft map. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/05/23/radio-4-you-and-yours-on-sheffield-heritage-skills-and-hca-craft-map/ Sun, 23 May 2010 14:08:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/05/23/radio-4-you-and-yours-on-sheffield-heritage-skills-and-hca-craft-map Last week I was away on holiday but Radio 4 did a nice piece on the plight of Portland Works and the traditional Sheffield trades housed there. I did a brief interview the week before which is included toward the end and if you are in the UK you can listen to it on iplayer […]

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Portland Works Sheffield cutlery works under threat http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/30/portland-works-sheffield-cutlery-works-under-threat/ Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:51:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/30/portland-works-sheffield-cutlery-works-under-threat The campaign to save Portland works is entering it’s last days now. The planning meeting will be some time between now and 18th February. Portland is the first place in the world where stainless steel was made into cutlery, probably more people in the world today use stainless cutlery than speak the English Language, it […]

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country crafts, town crafts, Paul Felix photographer http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/28/country-crafts-town-crafts-paul-felix-photographer/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/28/country-crafts-town-crafts-paul-felix-photographer/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:08:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/28/country-crafts-town-crafts-paul-felix-photographer The February Edition of countryman magazine features several articles on traditional crafts. I bought it because there is a 4 page feature on my bowlturning work with some nice discussion about the Heritage Crafts Association. There is also a nice feature on the work of Paul Felix who has been photographing traditional craftspeople for 20 […]

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how to make a Sheffield pocketknife in 50 pictures http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/27/how-to-make-a-sheffield-pocketknife-in-50-pictures/ Wed, 27 Jan 2010 19:47:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/27/how-to-make-a-sheffield-pocketknife-in-50-pictures  Last week I posted about visiting a traditional Sheffield pocketknife maker with Jon Henley from the Guardian. Now you can see Jon’s slide show here. Appologies for wrong link posted yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/audioslideshow/2010/jan/26/sheffield-pocket-knife-trevor-ablett  If you like it why not post a comment here or sign up to the guardian site and post a comment below the […]

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folding knives in Spain and Sheffield http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/22/folding-knives-in-spain-and-sheffield/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/22/folding-knives-in-spain-and-sheffield/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:07:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/22/folding-knives-in-spain-and-sheffield Visiting Trevor Ablett last week reminded me that I never posted pictures of the folding knife makers I visited in Spain last October. There were many similarities and some differences between the two businesses which I would like to discuss at the bottom but first some pictures of the workshop. This is Antonio Diaz Bermudez […]

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more publicity for traditional crafts http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/15/more-publicity-for-traditional-crafts/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/15/more-publicity-for-traditional-crafts/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:27:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/01/15/more-publicity-for-traditional-crafts Another busy day on Heritage Crafts Association work today, but then my workshop is still snowbound so it’s easier to get into Sheffield. First meeting was a very positive visit to Kelham Island Museum to meet the director of Sheffield’s Industrial Museums Trust, John Hamshere. John was very interested in the work of the HCA, […]

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