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Angel of the North

274 Words - Posted on 13th Aug 2017

The Angel of the North I am writing this week from the north-east, Gateshead to be precise, where we are visiting family. A trip up north for me always involves a visit to the Angel of the North, just five minutes from my Mum's house. Catching sight ... more

Specialise - just not all the time

290 Words - Posted on 9th Aug 2017

Wood samples made by Rose Carter-Stout from her box

Specialise - just not all the time To specialise or not to specialise: There aren’t many businesses where a decision to enter them means certain success. Maybe there aren’t any. To get a big enough chunk of a market to make a decent living takes ... more

The art of looking

372 Words - Posted on 7th Aug 2017

The art of looking Take art: David Savage has always put a tremendous emphasis on developing the ability to draw. Logically, it would make sense that all students should be able to sketch the piece they would like to make,  and also make ... more

We are very tolerant... up to 0.1mm

455 Words - Posted on 5th Aug 2017

wood curls

We are very tolerant, up to 0.1mm… How tolerant are you? Now we’ve mentioned this before, and ruffled a few feathers in the process! When it comes to pieces fitting together 0.1mm is all you’re allowed if you want something to look as it ... more

Question: What do you think?

88 Words - Posted on 1st Aug 2017

Lakshmi Bhaskaran from Bark Furniture

Question: What do you think? On of the things we enjoy most here at Rowden is hearing what you, the reader thinks. Maybe you have a subject you'd like us to cover? Perhaps there is a question that has been bugging you for weeks, or a problem you've ... more

Woodworking short course

233 Words - Posted on 1st Aug 2017

Woodworking short course There is a lot to be said for taking a bit of time out. Be it a weekend to reflect, a week to dig deeper, or three months to completely submerse yourself in something new. This is why we run our woodworking short course ... more

Training: Going against the grain

294 Words - Posted on 31st Jul 2017

Going against the grain... Rowden has always prided itself on having refined the training of its cabinetmakers to the point where every step, every project, every Dimbleby is designed to maximise the knowledge and skill base of the student. It is ... more

Life in a caravan

318 Words - Posted on 21st Jul 2017

Life in a caravan One of the great things about studying at Rowden has to be the option of living on-site. Not only do you reap the benefits of spending your days surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside, but you also have so much more time to ... more

A bit about the countryside

321 Words - Posted on 16th Jul 2017

Cycling in north devon

ah, the countryside There are no two ways about it, living away from the city, is great if you have a creative job. Unless you’re quite rich, of course, and can both live and work in the heart of the city itself. If you’re not born with ... more

Let's hear it for good old PVA

409 Words - Posted on 10th Jul 2017

Good old PVA Now, I don’t know about you but until I became a cabinet maker the only thing I knew for sure about PVA glue was that it was excellent at sticking nothing to nothing! Many a primary school project came a cropper due to the complete ... more