Theo Cook, Vice Principal and Senior Tutor

Theo has many years of training under his tool belt and has worked as a maker for some of the top designers in the world. We feel extremely privileged to have him as a partner and tutor here at robinson house studio.

Theo’s CV would make any maker envious; he was an apprentice for three years at Edward Barnsley’s workshop here in the UK, and worked for one year with James Krenov in the USA. Theo then went on to to supervise students at Barnsley’s and worked as a master craftsman for them before being whipped-up by design duo Senior & Carmichael, where he spent 9 years as their top maker, perfecting his skills.

Theo was recently profiled in The Woodworker & Good Woodworking magazine, April 2020. Read the article in our Latest News here.

View some of Theo’s work:

Desk for Lady Bath, made from English Yew wood by Theo for Senior and Carmichael
Desk for the Duchess of Northumberland, made while working for Charles Wheeler-Carmichael
Jewellery box of Theo’s own design, made from curly Maple at Edward Barnsley’s Workshop
Collector’s cabinet, made of English sycamore by Theo at Edward Barnsley’s Workshop
Detail shot of collector’s cabinet
Walnut dining table made at Edward Barnsley’s Workshop
Desk and chair made from English Sycamore at Edward Barnsley’s Workshop
Display cabinet made of walnut at Edward Barnsley’s Workshop
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And if you haven’t already heard …

Theo makes world-famous, enormously complicated dovetails! Just for the challenge!
You can view one of Theo’s  dovetails here alongside an interview with Theo about working at robinson house studio.

Finally, Theo’s wooden hand planes

Watch Theo’s video about his journey making wooden planes: