Who is the sartorialist dating

We have long-admired Robin Wood’s work from afar, a talented, award-winning bowl maker from the Peak District who still makes wooden cups, bowls and plates in the same way as they were made in Britain more than 2,000 years ago.

So, we were thrilled to have had the pleasure of meeting Robin at his workshop in Edale, to understand his craft, where he draws his inspiration from, and his thoughts on wood turning and, as Chairman of The Heritage Crafts Association, the future of traditional British craft in general.

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I researched all their equipment, and made replicas, and then taught myself the techniques when setting about learning the necessary skills to call myself a true pole lathe bowl turner.

The bowls I produce, I feel, have more life about them than those made with electric lathes and sandpaper.

Robin is passionate about traditional British crafts, and is currently the Chairman of the Heritage Crafts Association, a body set up to provide a focus for all people who care about the loss of traditional skills to provide a sustainable framework for the future.

Robin is also a published author, having written The Wooden Bowl, the first authoritative account of the history of the wooden bowl dating back 4,000 years.

Medieval account books show that tens of thousands of wooden bowls were ordered for events such as coronations.

Every village had its pole lathe turner, hence why the surname ‘Turner’ remains the 26th most popular surname in Britain, but the potteries were really the death knell for their craft as their main market completely dried up.

How did you get started and who would you say has inspired and influenced you the most in your work?

I found turning bowls and carving spoons to be the perfect way to learn about the qualities of the different trees timbers whilst I was working in conservation for the National Trust, and at the same time produce something beautiful and useful for the kitchen.

Can you describe what a pole lathe is and how does it differ to a normal lathe?

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