Wednesday, March 20, 2013

'robinson house studio' blog 15/03/2013

Student Work

50 week students Jack, Thibaut and Darren are currently designing and starting to make their box projects. Darren has been toying with ideas of different textures and colours to use on the side of his, and has been experimenting on some small samples using bleaching, ebonising, chip carving, grooving and different finishes. Each sample is made from English cherry.

Darren is also considering using bronze on the inside of his box, but to take some of the shine off it, he has used liver of sulphur to create a patina on the surface.

Bauhaus Chess Board

Part-time bench space member Darcy is making a Bauhaus style chess board, for which the lid is a replica of a Sandor Bortnyik painting made using marquetry. Bortnyik had a huge impact on Hungarian poster art, and after spending some time at Weimar, the first of three Bauhaus schools, he was heavily influenced by their geometric forms.

New Cabinet

Chris has started to rough shape the spine for Marc's latest project using an electric planer. The pencil line indicates the sculpted shape you will see from the front. The next stage will be to shape it using a specialised attachment for the angle grinder.

Courses Available

There is now only a few spaces left for the 50 week course starting in October, and only one space available for the 12 week course in July! 

However there are still plenty of weekend courses available:

- CAD advanced class one week
August 2013
- Art Class 2 day
dates TBA, please email Marc if interested.
- Spindle moulding 2 day
9 - 10 November 2013
- Laminating 2 day
22 - 23 June 2013
- Introduction to hand tools for furniture making 2 day
14-15 September 2013
- Wood machining 2 day
16 - 17 March 2013
- Wood finishing 2 day
19 -20 October
- Dovetails 2 day
13 - 14 April 2013 Fully Booked
- Routers, routing and router tables 2 day
7 - 8 December 2013

Artist Of The Week

If you haven't heard of surrealist photographer Chema Madoz then we highly recommend that you check out some of his work!

More next week, have a good weekend!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Yannick Chastang Visit 01/03/2013

Yannick Chastang Visit

Yannick is one of the country's leading marquetry speacialists. He studied cabinetmaking and marquetry for six years in France at Ecole Boulle before moving to the UK in 1997. He set up his company, Yannick Chastang Limited, in 2003.

Last week Marc took our students to Faversham to visit him...

Upon entering his immaculately clean workshop it is apparent that Yannick likes things to be a certain way, which is reflected in the meticulous work he produces.

Yannick using a machine called a "Donkey" used for cutting veneers.

To see more of Yannick's work, fllow the link below to his website:

Student Work

Chris Coane

A while ago we showed you 50 week student Chris's desk maquettes:

Chris wanted his desk to be black so chose to use oak which can be easily ebonised. One of the most effetive ways to ebonise wood is to make a solution using acetic acid (vinegar) and wire wool. The wire wool is dissolved in the acetic acid for a few days and any remaining wire wool is strained out. Oak is extremely rich in tannins which react with iron and turn the wood black.

Chris is currently making the drawer for his desk, after which he will begin the ebonising process.

 Luke Humphrey

Luke has finished his ebony jewellery box, and although it looks simple, it was extremely difficult to make due to the angled front and back components. Luke chose to use dark red, textured glass for the inside base as opposed to the usual leather or suede used in most jewellery boxes.

Luke will be starting a table in walnut and sycamore next week so watch this space!

Luke Olney

Luke has now finished his 50 week course with Marc but has decided to stay on at 'robinson house studio' to finish his walnut cabinet. He has finished the main carcass an is currently working on the doors. More pictures to come...

New Marc Fish Cabinet

Chris has made more progress since last week on the spine of the cabinet into which the doors will be hinged. The spine is made from maple but will be finished in a Vero Metal spray finish after being sculpted using a chainsaw, angle grinder and orbital sanders.

A slot at the back of the spine for a hinge

Artist of the week

One of Marc's personal favourites at the moment is sculptor Michael Johansson so we thought we'd share with you a few photos:

For more pictures visit his website:

Have a good weekend!