Credenza pear and fumed oak
Spending a year at Robinson House Studio instilled a confidence in my ability as a craftsman. I chose to come do a course instead of taking a more conventional approach to higher education like University.
It helped me to develop a unique set of skills that I can take into starting a career as a maker. The ‘robinson house studio’ approach to furniture and cabinetmaking is unique, as most people who choose the course know. The basic fundamentals are covered in the first few months. What I feel set it apart was the freedom I was given once I gained these skills and where I was encouraged to take them. Students are spurred to branch out from traditional furniture and experiment with the multitude of materials available to us these days.
I felt the course was extremely productive. The school itself runs from 9-5 however the workshop itself is often open earlier and closes later as students begin to dig their teeth into their personal projects. I spent many weekends and late evenings at the workshop and quickly gained a passion for making that I knew I had but had never been given quite the facilities and skills to explore.
The team of craftsmen are there to help along the way with decades of industry experience and always seem to be able to help solve any problem.
My time at the studio has given me a steadfast base on which I can now continue to develop my own identity as a designer and a craftsman in the future.