wooden bridges – Robin Wood http://www.robin-wood.co.uk Beautifully handcrafted woodware Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:43:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Japanese axes, adzes and woodworking tools http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/01/06/japanese-axes-adzes-and-woodworking-tools/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/01/06/japanese-axes-adzes-and-woodworking-tools/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 23:01:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2011/01/06/japanese-woodworking-tools-axes-and-adzes Nothing to see here unless you like pictures of nice Japanese axes. These gorgeous woodworking tools came from my Japanese friend Tomio Imaru.  Imarusan and his woodworking friends have very kindly scoured Japanese auctions for me to collect these beautiful tools. I hope to share some of them with the European carpenters that came to […]

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craftpeople are you selling your heart and soul? http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/23/craftpeople-are-you-selling-your-heart-and-soul/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/23/craftpeople-are-you-selling-your-heart-and-soul/#comments Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:39:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/23/craftpeople-are-you-selling-your-heart-and-soul I think it is common for craftspeople to have very ambivalent feelings about selling their work. On the one hand it can be a wonderful experience when we meet someone who really apreciates what we are doing and will enjoy the objects we make, on the other it can leave us feeling cheapened, as if […]

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wooden bridge in the snow http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/21/wooden-bridge-in-the-snow/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/21/wooden-bridge-in-the-snow/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:27:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/12/21/wooden-bridge-in-snow Here it is, click the image for a big picture. Last week I finished off my bridge across Padley Brook. This was commissioned in memory of local man Arthur Haslam 1911-2009 and you can see the work in progress here and here The lovely photos were taken by a friend who was working in the […]

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an oak bridge http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/10/14/an-oak-bridge/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/10/14/an-oak-bridge/#comments Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:06:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/10/14/an-oak-bridge I get to work in some of the most beautiful places and am currently building a new oak footbridge at Padley Gorge on the National Trust Longshaw Estate on the moors just outside Sheffield. The bridge was commissioned in memory of Arthur Haslam so Barn carved his initials. I have a real dislike for brass […]

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Heritage Crafts Association plans and a bridge opening http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/20/heritage-crafts-association-plans-and-a-bridge-opening/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/20/heritage-crafts-association-plans-and-a-bridge-opening/#comments Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:54:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/09/20/heritage-crafts-association-plans-and-a-bridge-opening The life of a craftsman often leaves little distinction between work and play, certainly there are less “days off” than those in full time employment but the work is very rewarding. So this was my weekend. Saturday was a suit day, a trip to London to chair the Heritage Crafts Association committee meeting. Our committee […]

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wooden bridges http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/08/27/wooden-bridges/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/08/27/wooden-bridges/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:03:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/08/27/wooden-bridges Today I came across this video of the most wonderful wooden bridges in China and wanted to share. This is some of the most wonderful woodworking I have seen for a long time. It reminded me of some wooden bridges I first saw on a trip round Europe 25 years ago. I revisited them this […]

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a new bridge and working with a journeyman http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/20/a-new-bridge-and-working-with-a-journeyman/ http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/20/a-new-bridge-and-working-with-a-journeyman/#comments Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:57:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/07/20/a-new-bridge-and-working-with-a-journeyman I seem to have had quite a run of bridge building recently, I don’t think I ever posted finished pictures of the last one so let’s start with that. It has apparently become the place in Bradfield for wedding photos which I find rather flattering. Someone mentioned that a previous bridge at Goldenclough in Edale […]

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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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Bradfield bridge more photos http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-more-photos/ Sat, 24 Apr 2010 12:43:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-more-photos Having cut the main timbers for the bridge I needed to move them over a wall and to the worksite. It was a fun days work and a friend and neighbour Mark Wallington came to help. Mark is a scriptwriter and author so I think it was a bit of a change for him but […]

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Bradfield bridge progress http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-progress/ Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:16:00 +0000 http://robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2010/04/24/bradfield-bridge-progress I have had little time for blogging recently but have been making good progress on my green oak bridge at Bradfield. This post showed the start of the work on the stone abutments. The next step was finding a suitable tree for the main timbers. I have been looking for this tree for many months. […]

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