traditional craft – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:23:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sharing craft at North House Folk School http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/25/sharing-craft-at-north-house-folk-school/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/25/sharing-craft-at-north-house-folk-school/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:33:03 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19019

North House Folk School is  a very special place. I taught a course here last year and was delighted to be asked back to share my knowledge of bowlturning and take part in the fresh cut symposium. I was so busy teaching I don’t seem to have many photos so these are just a small […]

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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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China a craftsman’s view http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/11/26/china-craftsmans-view/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/11/26/china-craftsmans-view/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:05:24 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=14728

I was delighted to be asked to represent the UK at the International FolkCrafts expo in Gizhou province China. This was a celebration of global folk culture on a scale that is simply not imaginable in Europe. It was organised by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and The International Organisation of Folk Art IOV a very […]

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new boots and panties http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/07/new-boots-and-panties/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/07/new-boots-and-panties/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 08:02:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/06/07/new-boots-and-panties yesterday I picked up my new boots from William Lennon and son. Well I picked them up from Libs, William Lennon’s great grand daughter actually. I am really pleased with them. They feel a perfect match for my made in Wales Hiut jeans. Both are stiff and tough and will take a while to wear […]

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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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wisdom of hands, great film about woodwork http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/14/wisdom-of-hands-great-film-about-woodwork/ Tue, 14 May 2013 21:34:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/14/wisdom-of-hands-great-film-about-woodwork Professor Trevor Marchand is fast becoming a hero of mine. Why? because he understands what he calls “the remarkable skilled knowledge of craftspeople” Now I posted a film of this guy a few days ago but this one is better, it gets better the further you get into it and the questions from 30 mins onwards […]

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great film about what craft means http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/06/great-film-about-what-craft-means/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/06/great-film-about-what-craft-means/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 09:55:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/06/great-film-about-what-craft-means This 10 minute film was made to celebrate the craft skills awards, it includes film from the finalists workshops with their insights into why they do what they do and what it means to work in craft. The awards judges (I was one) also add their thoughts, I think all together it gives a good overview of […]

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film of brilliant talk on anthropology of craft http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/01/film-of-brilliant-talk-on-anthropology-of-craft/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/01/film-of-brilliant-talk-on-anthropology-of-craft/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 17:44:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/05/01/film-of-brilliant-talk-on-anthropology-of-craft I heard Trevor Marchant give this talk at a conference last year and it is fantastic in that it shows a serious academic with a genuine understanding and reverence for the skills involved in traditional crafts and how they are passed on from generation to generation in traditional cultures. I am delighted to discover that Trevor has […]

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wooden bowls by George Lailey http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/01/wooden-bowls-by-george-lailey/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/01/wooden-bowls-by-george-lailey/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:07:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/03/01/wooden-bowls-by-george-lailey Look at these beauties that arrived int he post today. George Lailey was known as the last bowl turner. He worked at the small Berkshire village of Bucklebury and before Kate Middleton was probably the most famous person form the village. He made bowls up to his death in 1958. Lailey’s lathe and tools are […]

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clog amnesty and the last clogmakers http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/21/clog-amnesty-and-the-last-clogmakers/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/21/clog-amnesty-and-the-last-clogmakers/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:32:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/02/21/clog-amnesty-and-last-clogmakers Clogmaking is in the press again even making the Radio 4 Today program this morning. The story as reported goes like this, there is a resurgence of interest in Welsh clog dancing but not enough clogs. There is only one clogmaker left in Wales and the craft may die out, there is even a clog […]

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