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Jim Robbie

83 Manuherikia Road, Alexandra

A working life of making things from pieces of wood continues. From houses in the 1950s till today I have enjoyed the pleasures of creating things, objects, out of that beautiful material, wood. And perhaps the two most enjoyable aspects of it all are one, when people wish to make something you have created part of their home, and secondly, being able to pass on learned skills to other folk, both young and old.
So I have been the full circle, restoring antique furniture, making new furniture both indoor and outdoor of different styles from detailed Victorian, and Shaker to country cottage and now French. And along the way I have learned the art of woodturning. To cut a piece of wood on a lathe with a sharp chisel is the most pleasurable way of shaping a piece of wood, in my opinion, and in so doing beautiful classical shapes can be formed. Almost all of my wood turned pieces over the period 1995 to 2005, found their way into homes in the USA, which was in itself most satisfying. Woodturning remains my favourite. In present times, creating effects with Milk Paint is the thing which is most exciting, and it completes a full circle to the style that was in fashion during the late seventies.

You are welcome to visit my workplace.
A phone call first is a good idea.