Exhibitors - Robin Wood     Stand 8
Robin Wood

Go to: Robin Wood's website

Robin Wood is an internationally respected wood worker specialising in use of local timbers and traditional techniques, but with a distinctive modern twist.

Using a foot-powered lathe, Robin turns stylish but functional bowls and plates. His extensive research into the history of the craft led to publication of the definitive book on the history of the wooden bowl.

Inspired by Scandinavian techniques, Robin runs spoon and bowl carving courses in the Peak District. He also makes individually hand-crafted benches, stiles, bridges and other countryside furniture.

When George Lailey died in 1958 a craft going back more than 2000 years died with him. He was the last person in England to make a living turning wooden bowls on a pole lathe.

Robin Wood became fascinated by the craft whilst working in woodland conservation and set about reviving the technique, first learning the blacksmithing skills required to forge the specialised turning tools.

Like the old turners he uses no sandpaper relying entirely on the sharpness of his tools to get a good finish. Bowls made in this way have a very distinctive character with the marks of the tools being clearly visible, like hand thrown pottery or blown glass.

This text is based on pages of Robin Wood's website (17 Nov 2011).