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Humility, with a bit of showmanship thrown in for good luck

210 Words - Posted on 14th Dec 2017

Humility, with a bit of showmanship thrown in for good luck It still amazes me that you can learn so much in a year. While students might not leave Rowden as the fastest cabinetmakers in the world, they do leave with a genuinely high level of ... more

Grain

379 Words - Posted on 8th Dec 2017

Wood samples made by Rose Carter-Stout from her box

Grain Right, I am going to try to explain open and closed grain, once and for all. Why? Because it has taken me far too long to get my head around this, and it really isn’t that complicated! Now, the difference between open and closed grain ... more

Rowdens Woodie Toyshop

242 Words - Posted on 8th Dec 2017

I have an elderly Jewish friend called Solly. “ Nice website you have there David, you sell long courses and short courses” “ Thats right Solly”  “ And you have this lovely group of people that get your e-mails and  like to hear from ... more

Trade secret – the best tool in the workshop is… the iron

370 Words - Posted on 5th Dec 2017

Trade secret – the best tool in the workshop is… the iron It is a little known fact that the best tool for sorting out the inevitable dents and dings that come from working with delicate components is the humble iron. It is impossible to count ... more

Rowden woodworking short courses

160 Words - Posted on 30th Sep 2017

tool chest above shot

Rowden woodworking short courses If you have ever fancied spending a few days - or even a few months - immersed in the world of woodworking, then Rowden could be the place for you. We run a series of short courses covering everything from the ... more

Dovetail Days

278 Words - Posted on 30th Sep 2017

Will Newman's one month course cabinet

Dovetail Days Here at Rowden, we are always delighted to hear from other makers around the world, not least because, more often than not, their experiences are so similar to our own. So, thanks for getting in touch, Barry. Over to you... Hi, ... more

It's not just a cup of tea

347 Words - Posted on 28th Sep 2017

It’s not just a cup of tea You’d think it would be enough to be able to create a business out of doing something you love. Furniture designer-makers should count their blessings that we spend our day at the bench, working hard to produce items ... more

You don't have to be rich to rule my world

309 Words - Posted on 26th Sep 2017

Jon and Kathy at the bench

You don't have to be rich to rule my world In any typical year, Rowden can expect to see between thirty and forty students participate in courses running from one week to a year, sometimes more, rarely less. With such a number, it should be no ... more

Age is just a number

216 Words - Posted on 20th Sep 2017

Rowden Atelier surrounding area

Age is just a number There is no wrong time to become a cabinetmaker. Here at Rowden, we see students of all ages all successfully complete the courses they attend. It seems to us that if the desire is there, then there is nothing to hold you back ... more

Time for a good old BBQ

204 Words - Posted on 17th Sep 2017

Time for a good old BBQ While we can't claim to be quite as obsessed about a good old BBQ as our friends in Australia, we're not far off. Here at Rowden there is always at least one student looking for the perfect excuse to down tools, put on an ... more