Search found 90 matches

by robin wood
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: me on the TV tomorrow
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

Re: me on the TV tomorrow

Paul Martin is a really lovely bloke, very open and enthusiastic with none of the turn it on when the cameras roll that you get with some other TV presenters. He worked as a furniture restorer for many years before getting into the TV stuff.
by robin wood
Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: me on the TV tomorrow
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

me on the TV tomorrow

A few weeks ago BBC filmed for a day in my workshop for a new series "Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution" it goes out tomorrow 3.45 BBC2. Not sure what the target audience is at that time of day. Paul made a wooden bowl on the lathe, they filmed a bit of me forging tools and carving a spoon...
by robin wood
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

Re: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship

and yesterday the ship was launched [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5-F3eMzcQE&feature=related[/youtube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5-F3eMz ... re=related
by robin wood
Sat May 26, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: building a bronze age boat for Time Team
Replies: 13
Views: 11133

Re: building a bronze age boat for Time Team

Sadly out of time for floating as has to be taken apart to get it into a museum in France. We get it back in 12 months and will make it float then. Isn't there a danger of it drying out and warping if it's kept inside a museum (I only ask because of bitter experience! http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Xqv2...
by robin wood
Fri May 18, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: building a bronze age boat for Time Team
Replies: 13
Views: 11133

Re: building a bronze age boat for Time Team

Sadly out of time for floating as has to be taken apart to get it into a museum in France. We get it back in 12 months and will make it float then.
by robin wood
Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: building a bronze age boat for Time Team
Replies: 13
Views: 11133

building a bronze age boat for Time Team

I have been off the forums for a while whilst building a bronze age boat in Dover. It was the most amazing project to be involved in and three months hard graft culminated in a manic week last week with working 7am Thursday to 4am Friday then 8am Friday to 2am Saturday to get ready for the launch. T...
by robin wood
Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: anglo-saxon bone working
Replies: 8
Views: 4288

Re: anglo-saxon bone working

this is a good book, hadn't realised it was out of print and expensive but no doubt available through the library.
http://www.amazon.com/Bone-antler-ivory ... 0389205311
by robin wood
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

Re: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship

That's fab, Robin. What an amazing project to be involved in! Ages ago at the cinema, when they still used to show an additional (often eduacational) film before the main feature, I remember them showing one about the discovery and preservation of the ships at Roskildefjord... http://www.vikingeski...
by robin wood
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

Re: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship

Hope to go back in the spring and waste is a modern concept, in a world of lots of trees you could view what we were doing as making lots of firewood and kindling with a ship as a by product.
by robin wood
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: building the worlds most iconic Viking ship
Replies: 14
Views: 11148

building the worlds most iconic Viking ship

I am just back from 4 days working on the most amazing ship building project in Norway. They are building an exact copy of the Oseberg ship using original techniques and tools. Starting from big logs like these. we cleft and hewed planks then steamed and fitted them all using the most gorgeous repli...
by robin wood
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: hairy biker bowls
Replies: 2
Views: 1671

Re: hairy biker bowls

They get about a bit. Last Thurday I was taken out for a meal in a South Keralan resaurant in Leicester (right yummy food) and the Hairy Bikers had been learning to make dosas the day before. (Stuffed pancakes.) There was a film crew in coming back for another yummy meal. I've remembered the restau...
by robin wood
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: hairy biker bowls
Replies: 2
Views: 1671

hairy biker bowls

I don't normally work Sundays unless at a show but today I had a rush job on and made a pair of bowls and spoons for BBCs hairy bikers. Nest week they are filming at HMS Victory and needed some appropriate tableware so this morning I started with a beech log and cherry log and this afternoon I had a...
by robin wood
Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A question for wood turners
Replies: 5
Views: 2034

Re: A question for wood turners

Thanks for the responses. The Latin text reads: Tres tornatores xvii acras et reddunt mmmc scutellas et faciunt iiii precationes et adiuvant ad prata falcandum et fenum levandum. David Austin's translation: Three turners 17 acres and they render 3,100 bowls, do 4 obligatory days and assist in mowin...
by robin wood
Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A question for wood turners
Replies: 5
Views: 2034

Re: A question for wood turners

Nice ref. I turn over 1000 bowls a year using the same technology but probably only 1/4 of work time is actually production and maybe I work shorter hours than was common in the past. Certainly 4-5000 per turner per year would be possible and it could have been significantly more if they had apprent...
by robin wood
Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: stuff dangling from your belt
Replies: 20
Views: 4815

Re: stuff dangling from your belt

Nice spoons in the hat too.
by robin wood
Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Tent choices
Replies: 38
Views: 10746

Re: Tent choices

Also regarding fire retardancy, do many events across the country require this, and is it something I could apply myself (if the tent doesn't come with it)? Your thoughts appreciated as ever :D James Hi James, Fire retardency is becoming more important, mandatory at Glastonbury and most other festi...
by robin wood
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint Knappers
Replies: 7
Views: 8251

Re: Flint Knappers

I did a day with John Lord last year, fantastic one to two tuition with the main man of UK flint knapping for £60 each including lunch. [url] http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.com/2009/07/flint-knapping-with-john-lord.html[/url] http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dMeLSAcoyho/SlIAAHCushI/AAAAAAAABCA/maeG3iyUS...
by robin wood
Sat May 01, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Re-shafting an axe.
Replies: 21
Views: 6866

Re: Re-shafting an axe.

I did a tutorial on making and fitting an axe handle a while ago. This was for proper working axes. I find the idea of fitting axe handles like pick axe handles for safety reasons a bit silly, I bet no one can show mean original axe hafted that way and none of us that use proper sharp tools for work...
by robin wood
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: V and A Instrument Gallery Closure
Replies: 4
Views: 2255

Re: V and A Instrument Gallery Closure

Presumably a response to not many people going to see them?

Whilst I find it sad when things I love go off display they do have incredible reserves and it is good to see things change and new stuff come out.
by robin wood
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: womens and mens buttons oposite why?
Replies: 12
Views: 2189

womens and mens buttons oposite why?

Our family was discussing this the other day and daughter had a go at googling which seemed inconclusive. Best story was women had someone to dress them. Any one know?
And when did it start ?
by robin wood
Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: making a wooden bowl on a pole lathe
Replies: 3
Views: 2149

Re: making a wooden bowl on a pole lathe

Dave B wrote:Lovely.

I very much enjoy the bowls I bought from you a couple of years back.


Glad to hear it, that is what makes the job worthwhile. :D
by robin wood
Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: making a wooden bowl on a pole lathe
Replies: 3
Views: 2149

making a wooden bowl on a pole lathe

Nice slide show done by Jon Henley of the Guardian showing me making bowls by foot power.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/audiosl ... pole-lathe
by robin wood
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Victorian Farm Christmas
Replies: 11
Views: 3765

Re: Victorian Farm Christmas

Master Jarvis wrote:Incidentally, didn't these three (or at least one of them) make a tudor feast thingy at Haddon Hall? Or is that wishful thinking?


Ruth along with the Tudor Group do the event at Haddon.
by robin wood
Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Dover Castle: A Time Team Special - TV
Replies: 11
Views: 2441

Re: Dover Castle: A Time Team Special - TV

Damn I missed it, is it possible to see it again in some way? http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team-specials/4od#3018468 or failing that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZaU4a2YdY4 Brendan C Thanks for the links I just watched and enjoyed. One comment I would make is that I felt there were r...
by robin wood
Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden boxes and mugs
Replies: 26
Views: 4022

Re: Wooden boxes and mugs

I would have said the same, that is the normal way though I have not checked. Incidentally whilst this may look like a big pint mug for an individual to drink from and there are one or two smaller ones this form is generally much bigger (most of the Mary Rose ones are). They are not drinking vessels...
by robin wood
Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden boxes and mugs
Replies: 26
Views: 4022

Re: Wooden boxes and mugs

Thanks everyone for the info on things. In an attempt to summarise am I somewhere close with the following Coopered mugs: Around before the 15th century and date back to roman and iron age but not evidence for England in the 15th but do come in very soon after with a find on the Mary Rose Turned mu...
by robin wood
Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden boxes and mugs
Replies: 26
Views: 4022

Re: Wooden boxes and mugs

There's now six coopered tankards from the British Iron Age too, (the sixth one was found in Wales a couple of years ago and recently acquired by the National Museum of Wales and about to go on display in April) the most famous being the Trawsfynedd tankard which, coincidentally, is currently on lo...
by robin wood
Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: eating platters.
Replies: 9
Views: 2935

This is all interesting but do folk think bread trenchers were used across the social scale or just at the manorial table? My impression has been heavily influenced by archaeological finds and there we find lots of wooden bowls in the UK but anything plate or trencher like is very rare. There are th...
by robin wood
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: The Nuremberg housebooks
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

It is indeed a marvelous resource. I would suggest accessing it through this page which gives English job tittles but you can also change the search to products, tools, materials.

http://www.nuernberger-hausbuecher.de/i ... =page&mo=8
by robin wood
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval wainscotting?
Replies: 2
Views: 1101

I would be interested to see early refs for wainscot in UK. I had thought it appeared here mid 16th. I just had a scan through Chinnery "oak furniture the British tradition" the standard work and can't find any frame and panel before 16th. When the wikipedia ref talks about Northern Europe...

Go to advanced search