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  • Do what you love - Robin Wood
    and a drinking bird on Lake Superior Because that had to have been doing what you loved Reply Ed Iglehart December 26 2015 at 8 25 pm YUP Reply Lance December 26 2015 at 10 38 pm Love Love Love It s All You Really Need Reply David Woodward December 27 2015 at 5 40 am Hi Robin All my life I have never made money my goal I have tried to teach my children that in this life we need to do the things that bring contentment what ever kind of work we choose we need to get job satisfaction I went to Art college But although I enjoy Art drawing and painting I never went down that road I have spent my time in woods and workshops In my younger days felling timber right through the sixties and into early eighties I worked felling and milling timber Turning was something I done in wet weather to subsidise my income Selling the things I turned at craft fairs and to gift shops But I got more and more involved with my woodturning That s where I ve been ever since 1980 I have enjoyed every day and now I see every day has a bonus Never made much money Just enough to pay my way and keep the wolf from the door but then there s no pockets in a shroud Even the rich can t do much with there money once they are gone Live life to the full Have some laughter be kind to others be happy Its going by far to quick it now is the time to get fulfilment be content and enjoy the moment You take care My best wishes to you and all for the coming New year and hopefully a good many more to come Reply Leroy Anderson December 27 2015 at 6 43 pm Robin I agree with you whole heartedly I will soon be 72 and about 30 years ago I quit a good job that kept in in an office It took me a year and a half to spend the retirement that I had accrued I then spent the next few years finding out what I wanted to do I now do the things that matter to me and make things that fulfill my soul To me doing what you love is the only way to go Reply Mike Taylor January 2 2016 at 4 25 pm Happy New Year Robin Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend I changed my life completely two and a half years ago Left a well paid job to do something I longed for I now work as a coppice worker pole lathe turner gardener sometimes Never regretted it for a second I spend time with my family and friends a luxury I missed I live a simple life now I want for nothing I grow as much food as I can I love my life Money will not bring
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/26/do-what-you-love/?replytocom=252191 (2016-05-01)


  • the ash tree, ash die back and ash bowls - Robin Wood
    back it would be increased regulation of the nursery trade and re educating the well meaning public and various woodland charities so that they understand that tree planting is not often a very good thing to do I say that as someone who has planted well over 10 000 trees most of which I now realise would have been better not planted You may also like to read Do what you love Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Haddon Hall show preview Six happy years practice passion dedication one of the last British bootmakers 11 Responses to the ash tree ash die back and ash bowls Tom Greenway April 18 2013 at 11 04 pm Great article Robin very informative especially as I am about to start planting some trees in my wood Cheers Tom Reply Survival in the Wasteland April 21 2013 at 12 51 am good article Robin ash is my favorite wood for making bows with elm a close second Reply Gary New April 22 2013 at 6 21 am Hi Robin my name is Gary I am very interested in buying one of your besom brooms for my dad for fathers day how do I go about this as I m not very hot with the Internet and do not have a PayPal account Reply Robin Wood April 22 2013 at 8 24 am Gary I am not sure what made you think I make Besoms try Adam King http greenwood carving blogspot co uk 2009 07 adam king besom maker html Reply Jim Stott April 22 2013 at 10 46 am Disagree You are failing to distinguish between native fungi where some form of harmony with indigenous tree species may be possible and non native diseases where no such balance exists We now have close to a dozen serious non native fungal and bacterial pathogens active in this country and it would be a terrible mistake to take these as lightly as you seem to be suggesting Dutch Elm Disease has permanently damaged our countryside you will find plenty of places where the elms have never been truly replaced You may make very nice bowls but you should get out more visit some village greens and cricket grounds and talk to the older residents They will remember what you seem to have forgotten Looking ahead doom is not an overstatement over 70 of our horse chestnuts will die in the next 7 10 years Pseudomonas syringae and take a look at what Ceratocystis platani is doing to the Canal du Midi just two examples Phytophthora strains are vicious and multiplying Tree Armageddon is coming unfortunately there are enough comfortably misguided people around to convince DEFRA and the Forestry Commission that monitoring is the best policy One final word The Emerald Ash Borer entered the USA in a cargo of wood packing It remained undetected for five years It has since destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees across an increasingly wide area Now unstoppable it will eventually arrive here if it hasn t already and it will be no respecter of the millions we are misguidedly spending on genetically resistant strains of ash Biosecurity It s a non idea and doesn t exist anymore if it ever did Reply Robin Wood April 22 2013 at 9 29 pm Hi Jim I am not sure what we are disagreeing on I agree with your bit about non native diseases that s what I meant when I said Trees and their parasites and pathogens have evolved over millennia together when we start moving stuff around it causes problems I would disagree that Dutch Elm disease permanently damaged our countryside It changed it a bit for a short time Elm disease is not new it runs in cycles that are recorded in the pollen record going back thousands of years The hedgerows are still full of elm suckers and there are still mature elms that no one recognises one of 3 foot diameter 100 feet from where I type People remember seeing big dead trees they don t remember seeing the trees growing up slowly in the gaps over 30 years there are more trees and more woodland in the UK today that there has been for 500 years I am not saying that ash trees won t die and I agree the effects of emerald ash borer are grim in the USA what I am saying is that most of the hype does no good and is guessing at things that may not happen and if the genie is out of the bag then it s too late to do anything about it Like grey squirrel and sycamore we have to let it run it s course and find it s balance That may take 1000 years I do believe we should be tighter on importing wood and plants and use more home grown local seed and natural regeneration for lots of reasons PS my experience is not based on woodturning Wildlife and ecology has been my biggest life passion I worked in conservation forestry for the National Trust for seven years and have kept up the interest in woodlands and woodland management for the 20 years since My main reason for making this post is for posterity I nearly wrote the same thing 4 years ago when the media was full of phytopthera and alder death then same again with oak sudden death I decided to put pen to paper this time so that in a couple fo years folk can point here and tell me that they told me so Reply Graeme December 2 2013 at 2 11 am A lot to agree with here Robin in particular nurseries have a big role to play in conserving genetic diversity Unfortunately even if they do source their material locally it is often from the same trees year after year so a very narrow gene pool How the British Isles manage this new disease is
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2013/04/18/the-ash-tree-ash-die-back-and-ash-bowls/ (2016-05-01)

  • The Man Who Made Things From Trees, me on Radio 4 - Robin Wood
    powered bowl turning in China Teaching and learning in the USA Black Friday Do what you love One Response to The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Molly December 30 2015 at 4 59 pm Great blog its really interesting Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how to make a new axe handle What is the best knife for wood carving and whittling which is the best axe for carving bushcraft general use how to carve wooden bowls what is the best oil for treating wood Past posts Past posts Select Month April 2016 February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 September 2015 August 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/23/the-man-who-made-things-from-trees-me-on-radio-4/comment-page-1/ (2016-05-01)


  • The Man Who Made Things From Trees, me on Radio 4 - Robin Wood
    bowl turning in China Teaching and learning in the USA Black Friday Do what you love One Response to The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Molly December 30 2015 at 4 59 pm Great blog its really interesting Reply Leave a Reply to Molly Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how to make a new axe handle What is the best knife for wood carving and whittling which is the best axe for carving bushcraft general use how to carve wooden bowls what is the best oil for treating wood Past posts Past posts Select Month April 2016 February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 September 2015 August 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/12/23/the-man-who-made-things-from-trees-me-on-radio-4/?replytocom=251845 (2016-05-01)

  • philosophy Archives - Robin Wood
    By Robin Wood on January 16 2015 in films philosophy This is just a great 91 seconds on the philosophy of creativity listen to this guy and feel better about the work you do He seems like an inspiring guy check out more of his work here Continue Reading 2 What is Real Craft The place of machines and the alienation of labour By Robin Wood on November 17 2014 in craftsmanship apprenticeship etc philosophy I want to share some ideas about what craft means to me My starting point will be an essay by Chris Eckersley as part of his exhibition Real Craft He starts the essay The idea of things being crafted has rarely been as popular as it is today Whereas in the 1990s the marketing buzz word Continue Reading 7 Five ways to wellbeing By Robin Wood on July 5 2014 in philosophy Uncategorized I think a lot about what makes a good life what makes people happy and fulfilled Tom Bartlett just brought this great summary to my attention Contrary to what the media and advertisers would have us believe happiness is definitely not related to the amount of money or stuff we have As a wise man Continue Reading 6 skilled work By Robin Wood on April 17 2014 in films philosophy Uncategorized I just came across this short film on the internet and wanted to share it I love seeing work done well can you imagine what a mess it would be possible to make doing this and how smoothly and effortlessly these two get the job done This impresses me as much as a premiership footballers skills Continue Reading 4 Is it OK to copy other cultures work By Robin Wood on April 5 2014 in philosophy When if ever is it
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/category/philosophy/ (2016-05-01)

  • Black Friday - Robin Wood
    them who will use them what about the stuff that nobody buys Will it last or just fall apart after a few times of use I totally agree that we makers are part of the solution by producing high quality items and by contributing to preserve knowledge about our crafts and intangible cultural heritage Thanks for a great blog post Reply Lorna November 28 2015 at 4 06 pm Thank you for this lovely post Robin I agree with you entirely I bought one of your porringers 5 years ago as the very first Christmas present for the man who is now my husband I wanted something meaningful and enduring and that s what I got We now own 2 of your wooden plates and love them We are hoping to buy a couple more so we can share the experience when friends come to dinner Will you have more available soon Thanks again Reply Robin Wood January 19 2016 at 2 15 pm sorry for slow reply I will have porringers and plates available in the next few weeks Reply Penelope November 29 2015 at 4 36 pm Agreed Steve makers are definitely part of the solution as long as they are good makers creating beautiful timeless things made to last and of quality materials fixable if possible or at least re employable once damaged It s only when you get makers coughEtsycough that craft up loads of novelty stuff with big box cheap supplies that makers become part of the problem Humans will always want stuff we always have But practical beautiful quality things are not easily thrown away and that s the part of the product cycle we have to put our focus on Make stuff no one would ever throw out Big box stuff is designed to be thrown away because they want to sell you a new one next year Reply ET December 3 2015 at 1 24 pm I would consider buying a bowl but everything on your website is sold Reply Cat Brown December 10 2015 at 3 06 pm It is so refreshing to read your post I to have a struggle with the whole Black Friday super consumerism and fear that my work too could well be part of the problem But you and Steve Kubien are totally right We are NOT part of the problem we are most definitely part of the solution and this confirmation allows me to sleep soundly tonight Thank you x Reply Jen December 26 2015 at 8 14 pm I abandoned having a TV 2 years ago and have never looked back I have found more peace in not being bombarded by the negatives so prevalent in the media today and have taken time to focus more on what speaks to me and soothes my soul I very very recently started to experiment with spoon carving and feel such a calm and peace when working on things Feeling that connection to what I am doing
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/comment-page-1/ (2016-05-01)

  • Black Friday - Robin Wood
    will use them what about the stuff that nobody buys Will it last or just fall apart after a few times of use I totally agree that we makers are part of the solution by producing high quality items and by contributing to preserve knowledge about our crafts and intangible cultural heritage Thanks for a great blog post Reply Lorna November 28 2015 at 4 06 pm Thank you for this lovely post Robin I agree with you entirely I bought one of your porringers 5 years ago as the very first Christmas present for the man who is now my husband I wanted something meaningful and enduring and that s what I got We now own 2 of your wooden plates and love them We are hoping to buy a couple more so we can share the experience when friends come to dinner Will you have more available soon Thanks again Reply Robin Wood January 19 2016 at 2 15 pm sorry for slow reply I will have porringers and plates available in the next few weeks Reply Penelope November 29 2015 at 4 36 pm Agreed Steve makers are definitely part of the solution as long as they are good makers creating beautiful timeless things made to last and of quality materials fixable if possible or at least re employable once damaged It s only when you get makers coughEtsycough that craft up loads of novelty stuff with big box cheap supplies that makers become part of the problem Humans will always want stuff we always have But practical beautiful quality things are not easily thrown away and that s the part of the product cycle we have to put our focus on Make stuff no one would ever throw out Big box stuff is designed to be thrown away because they want to sell you a new one next year Reply ET December 3 2015 at 1 24 pm I would consider buying a bowl but everything on your website is sold Reply Cat Brown December 10 2015 at 3 06 pm It is so refreshing to read your post I to have a struggle with the whole Black Friday super consumerism and fear that my work too could well be part of the problem But you and Steve Kubien are totally right We are NOT part of the problem we are most definitely part of the solution and this confirmation allows me to sleep soundly tonight Thank you x Reply Jen December 26 2015 at 8 14 pm I abandoned having a TV 2 years ago and have never looked back I have found more peace in not being bombarded by the negatives so prevalent in the media today and have taken time to focus more on what speaks to me and soothes my soul I very very recently started to experiment with spoon carving and feel such a calm and peace when working on things Feeling that connection to what I am doing is so
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/?replytocom=248769 (2016-05-01)

  • Black Friday - Robin Wood
    who will use them what about the stuff that nobody buys Will it last or just fall apart after a few times of use I totally agree that we makers are part of the solution by producing high quality items and by contributing to preserve knowledge about our crafts and intangible cultural heritage Thanks for a great blog post Reply Lorna November 28 2015 at 4 06 pm Thank you for this lovely post Robin I agree with you entirely I bought one of your porringers 5 years ago as the very first Christmas present for the man who is now my husband I wanted something meaningful and enduring and that s what I got We now own 2 of your wooden plates and love them We are hoping to buy a couple more so we can share the experience when friends come to dinner Will you have more available soon Thanks again Reply Robin Wood January 19 2016 at 2 15 pm sorry for slow reply I will have porringers and plates available in the next few weeks Reply Penelope November 29 2015 at 4 36 pm Agreed Steve makers are definitely part of the solution as long as they are good makers creating beautiful timeless things made to last and of quality materials fixable if possible or at least re employable once damaged It s only when you get makers coughEtsycough that craft up loads of novelty stuff with big box cheap supplies that makers become part of the problem Humans will always want stuff we always have But practical beautiful quality things are not easily thrown away and that s the part of the product cycle we have to put our focus on Make stuff no one would ever throw out Big box stuff is designed to be thrown away because they want to sell you a new one next year Reply ET December 3 2015 at 1 24 pm I would consider buying a bowl but everything on your website is sold Reply Cat Brown December 10 2015 at 3 06 pm It is so refreshing to read your post I to have a struggle with the whole Black Friday super consumerism and fear that my work too could well be part of the problem But you and Steve Kubien are totally right We are NOT part of the problem we are most definitely part of the solution and this confirmation allows me to sleep soundly tonight Thank you x Reply Jen December 26 2015 at 8 14 pm I abandoned having a TV 2 years ago and have never looked back I have found more peace in not being bombarded by the negatives so prevalent in the media today and have taken time to focus more on what speaks to me and soothes my soul I very very recently started to experiment with spoon carving and feel such a calm and peace when working on things Feeling that connection to what I am doing is
    http://www.robin-wood.co.uk/wood-craft-blog/2015/11/27/black-friday/?replytocom=248784 (2016-05-01)


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