Robin Wood MBE

I am delighted to have been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. In some ways I feel slightly guilty to have it as it recognises the work of the Heritage Crafts Association which is very much a team effort by a wonderful bunch of voluntary trustees. It is great however that we […]

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A great ale bowl

This is an ale bowl, a fairly plain one but one which I think is really special. The area of Wisconsin where I am staying was settled by many Scandinavians, when they came here they brought with them some portable family heirlooms and amongst those are often old ale bowls.   What is exciting is that […]

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North House Folk School

I first read about North House Folk School several years ago when I discovered their website. It seemed like an inspirational place for the teaching of traditional crafts and I marked it down as a place I needed to visit one day. The opportunity finally presented itself and last week I taught a bowlturning class […]

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Birch Bark Canoe

Tomorrow I fly to the USA to build a birch bark canoe. This is one of the worlds great traditional woodwork projects and something I have dreamed about for nearly 20 years since first seeing the film Ceasars bark canoe. That film is now available free online thanks to the National Film Board of Canada […]

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