other woodwork – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:23:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Teaching and learning in the USA http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/09/07/teaching-and-learning-in-the-usa/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/09/07/teaching-and-learning-in-the-usa/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2015 22:49:05 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18738

In just over a months time I’ll be heading for the USA to teach at the amazing North House Folk School. I am teaching two three day courses which are already fully booked but also there is a full weekend of activities as part of the “Fresh Cut” conference. It promises to be an inspirational […]

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The clogmaker’s apprentice http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/09/29/clogmakers-apprentice/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/09/29/clogmakers-apprentice/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:56:19 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=16415

Jeremy Atkinson is the last clogmaker in England making all his clog soles in the traditional way with three traditional clog knives, the blocker, hollower and gripper. The razor sharp knives have a handle nearly three feet long which generates huge leverage and control allowing him to carve the fresh wood into clog soles. Here […]

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Birch Bark Canoe build the final chapter http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/09/28/birch-bark-canoe-build-final-chapter/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/09/28/birch-bark-canoe-build-final-chapter/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:03:40 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=16392

Way back in June I documented the various stages of our birch bark canoe build, this is the final chapter. Ther last blog post had us fitting the gunwales and thwarts¬†once that was done we had to fit the ribs. These are made from cleft and shaved cedar. Here is Jarrod working with the crooked […]

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Ladder making http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/08/14/ladder-making/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/08/14/ladder-making/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:34:07 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=16119

Five years ago I blogged about ladder making. I had been contacted by Stanley Clarke who left school and became an apprentice ladder maker aged 14 in 1954. At the time I said “I am going to look into various sources to see if there is any way we can find some funding to spend […]

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Birch bark canoe part 5 gunwales and thwarts http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/15/birch-bark-canoe-part-5-gunwales-thwarts/ Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:09:34 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15854

Back to our birch bark canoe build the last post we had just started sewing on the gore panels, that is the part that extends the width of the main bark sections upwards.The next stage is to set out the gunwales, we had split these out from an 16 foot long cedar and now set […]

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Birch Bark Canoe build 4, setting out and stitching the bark http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/11/birch-bark-canoe-build-4-setting-stitching-bark/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/11/birch-bark-canoe-build-4-setting-stitching-bark/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:57:40 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15795

So now the build starts in earnest. We laid out the rolls of bark that we collected last week, sorting the pieces and deciding how to get the best from them. Jarrod has a building board which raises the bed 18″ off the floor and gives a level bed to measure and work from.¬†There is […]

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Birch bark canoe build part 3 collecting and working cedar http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/10/birch-bark-canoe-build-part-3-collecting-working-cedar/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/10/birch-bark-canoe-build-part-3-collecting-working-cedar/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:51:54 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15769

Our Birch bark canoe build is progressing faster than I have time to blog. We collected cedar for the ribs, gunwales and sheathing in what is called a cedar swamp, I was fearing even worse mosquitos and imagining sinking into feet deep of marsh but it was not so bad. The cedar we were after […]

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Collecting birch bark canoe bark http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/06/collecting-birch-bark-canoe-bark/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/06/06/collecting-birch-bark-canoe-bark/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:11:43 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15740

We are progressing nicely with our birch bark canoe build, we have collected spruce root for the stitching and processed a lot of it. Now it was time to collect the big pieces of bark for the canoe. Here’s April and Jarrod Stone Dahl heading off into the woods. April makes the ash splint pack […]

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More from Wisconsin, forging tools and an amazing barn http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/05/31/wisconsin-forging-tools-amazing-barn/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/05/31/wisconsin-forging-tools-amazing-barn/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 14:50:15 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15659

I am Wisconsin to learn and share. We have a had a brief break from canoe building work to get ready for the bowl turning course I am teaching at North House Folk School. We visited Jarrod’s friend Mike to borrow his well equipped blacksmith workshop and to forge a bunch of tools for the […]

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Building a birch bark canoe, collecting materials http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/05/29/building-birch-bark-canoe-collecting-materials/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2014/05/29/building-birch-bark-canoe-collecting-materials/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 03:10:25 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=15626

Building a birch bark canoe is something very few folk in the world will ever get to do so I feel extremely fortunate to be helping my friend Jarrod Stone Dahl one of only a handful of folk left with the skills to make them. This and the next few blog posts will share some […]

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