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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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Ancient carpentry and ancient woodland http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland/#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2010 08:03:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/06/ancient-carpentry-and-ancient-woodland This is Professor Oliver Rackham talking in the Cressing Temple Barley barn (built c 1205-1235) Prof Rackham is an acknowledged expert on woodland history and he talked us through the timbers of this great barn, 600 individual timbers which he calculated came from 480 mostly quite small oak trees. In the UK today we have […]

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German Journeyman http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/29/german-journeyman/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/29/german-journeyman/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:13:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/29/german-journeyman Meet Dietrich a German Journeyman.  His odd costume tells those in the know that he is a fully trained craftsman traveling and looking for work to broaden his experience. In Germany folk instantly recognise this and so it makes life easy to get lifts when hitchiking or folk will simply offer him food and lodgings […]

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Bradfield Bridge http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/05/06/bradfield-bridge-2/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/05/06/bradfield-bridge-2/#comments Thu, 06 May 2010 19:29:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/05/06/bradfield-bridge-2 Just a few more photos showing progress on my new bridge. It looks over-engineered for the tiny stream but 6 weeks ago the water would have been lapping just under the main timbers. Cutting the last handrails.  If you look closely bottom centre you’ll see a newly hatched family of mallards.  View across the cricket […]

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time with German friends http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/09/16/time-with-german-friends/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/09/16/time-with-german-friends/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2009 23:16:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/09/16/time-with-german-friends My friends Michail and Hannes visited last week, we visited Owen Jones in the Lakes and the Carpenters Fellowship Frame event where we were all demonstrating hand tool woodworking. It was school holidays so Ollie came with us. Lots of good times. This is Owen working on a basket. He lives on the banks of […]

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a holiday with German friends http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/06/04/a-holiday-with-german-friends/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/06/04/a-holiday-with-german-friends/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:41:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2009/06/04/a-holiday-with-german-friends Last week we were on holiday in Germany visiting Michail and Hannes the friends that built our woodshed for us last year. We lived in a yurt for the week the sun shone, we carved lots of spoons visited craftspeople sat late into the evening round the campfire and had a lovely time. I have […]

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timber framing http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/27/timber-framing/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/27/timber-framing/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:33:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/27/timber-framing This morning I took my German friends to the airport at 5.30am after a most wonderful and inspirational 2 weeks. Michail and Hannes helped me to build a new timber framed wood store, the process was a real eye opener. Timber framing involves hard and skilled manual work, an eye for beauty but also a […]

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a timber framed wood store http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/04/a-timber-framed-wood-store/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/04/a-timber-framed-wood-store/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2008 20:30:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/10/04/a-timber-framed-wood-store Yesterday I went out to the woods to choose some trees for my next little project at home. I need somewhere to store logs for the fire under shelter and since I have always fancied doing a bit of timber framing I am building it to a bit higher spec than is really necessary. The […]

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German hewing technique this time. http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/03/24/german-hewing-technique-this-time/ Mon, 24 Mar 2008 07:56:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/03/24/german-hewing-technique-this-time Just to show the European hewing technique as a contrast to the Japanese, here is some video again from 2005 Kesurokai. The technique of hewing by cutting out notches, chopping off the block between and then finishing the surface with a wide bladed axe is the same as was used in Britain to create all […]

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Kesurokai http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/03/23/kesurokai/ Sun, 23 Mar 2008 10:55:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2008/03/23/kesurokai I was just discussing axe design and use with folk on the British Blades forum and was reminded of one of the most wonderful exhibitions of woodworking skill I have seen. In 2005 I attended the first european “kesurokai”. This was an event inspired by a German carpenter journeyman spending time working with Japanese temple […]

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