Uncategorized – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:43:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Teaching Woodcarving at Glastonbury Festival http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/07/02/teaching-woodcarving-glastonbury-festival/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/07/02/teaching-woodcarving-glastonbury-festival/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:42:14 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20849 Glastonbury is the biggest outdoor festival of the performing arts in the World. It is so very special. I first visited around 1984 when there were small free festivals all over the country. Most folk walked in to Glastonbury for free though I think some paid. Today it’s attended by around 175,000 people and tickets […]

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UK is being left behind in the race to save intangible cultural heritage http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/22/uk-is-being-left-behind-in-the-race-to-save-intangible-cultural-heritage/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2016/05/22/uk-is-being-left-behind-in-the-race-to-save-intangible-cultural-heritage/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 16:09:16 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=20512

In 2003 UNESCO created an important convention for safeguarding heritage, 168 of the worlds  198 countries have signed up to the convention but  a few are being left behind including the UK.  The UK used to lead the world in heritage management and our heritage is one of the main reasons tourists visit us so what is going […]

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Do what you love http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/26/do-what-you-love/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/26/do-what-you-love/#comments Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:46:23 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=19394

As the year draws to a close I tend to become reflective and to check I am really doing what I want to do with my life. This year I am more reflective than normal, a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine died after a short illness. Paul was a lovely, lovely man, […]

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Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/17/birch-bark-canoe-trip-to-the-boundary-waters/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/17/birch-bark-canoe-trip-to-the-boundary-waters/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:25:42 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18951

Last year I helped my friend Jarrod Stone Dahl build a birch bark canoe, it was quite simply one of the highlights of my traditional woodworking life. We only had about an hour with it on the water though and part of the dream was always to paddle a canoe in a proper wilderness area […]

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Haddon Hall show preview http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/09/05/haddon-hall-show-preview/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/09/05/haddon-hall-show-preview/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:53:38 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18702

So four months work are coming to fruition with the opening of my first ever show. This marks 20 years as a full time woodworker and it has been a very interesting process. Most interesting has been the challenge to create something new to fit in to an environment that I have admired for 25 […]

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Six happy years http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/08/19/six-happy-years/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/08/19/six-happy-years/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:37:51 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18542

Back in 2008 I blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. For those that don’t know in the UK we have the Crafts Council which supports the modern art end of the craft spectrum contemporary innovative” craft but we had no similar organisation for those of us who chose to work making more […]

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Robin Wood at Haddon Hall 20 year show http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/06/15/robin-wood-at-haddon-hall-20-year-show/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/06/15/robin-wood-at-haddon-hall-20-year-show/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:34 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=18139

Medieval inspired woodwork displayed in the most perfect medieval house. 2015 marks 20 years that I have been a professional woodworker. To celebrate I have been offered a very special opportunity to show my work in the most perfect environment. Haddon Hall in Derbyshire is a simply incredible survival, a medieval manor house with the best […]

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Is Craft on TV good? Poldark Scything and The Great British Pottery Throw Down http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/04/26/great-british-pottery-throw-down/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/04/26/great-british-pottery-throw-down/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:23:04 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=17765

This new TV program by the BBC has to be the most anticipated craft TV show for some time. Potter friends were up in arms when the working title “Britain’s best potter” appeared last year asking how could any aspiring amateur deserve the title? Would it be dumbing down? Who could they possibly get as […]

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Carving a spoon a day for a year or a daily spoon http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/04/09/carving-a-spoon-a-day-for-a-year-or-a-daily-spoon/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/04/09/carving-a-spoon-a-day-for-a-year-or-a-daily-spoon/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:34:14 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=17692

What an amazing idea but before you ask no I am not about to do a daily spoon. This blog post is a comment on a spooncarving project that is getting a lot of coverage in the mainstream media and an attempt to fill in some background and credit the source of the idea. STIAN […]

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Heritage Crafts Association is 5 years old http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/03/30/heritage-crafts-association-is-5-years-old/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/03/30/heritage-crafts-association-is-5-years-old/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:28:45 +0000 http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/?p=17603 Back in December 2008 I first blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. The Government funded Crafts Council has a limited remit for the “innovative contemporary” crafts leaving all of those of us making traditional functional work with no support or promotion at all. So it was that six years ago we had the first […]

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