Snapshot me for g mailHello, and welcome to my blog. This blog features woodturning videos, tutorials and demonstrations as well as examples of my work.

I started wood-turning back in September 2007.when I went to night classes for a number of years and progressed from there.

I have always worked with wood, at the age of 16 I started working in a sawmill by the age 18 I was working a large band saw that could cut 24″by 24″ logs. We used to make 12″ by 2″ *1″any plank you would ever need . At age 19 I was put behind a six head power planer making skirting boards, you name it I made it.

I then moved jobs and started working with a carpenter contractor for a number of years

I have worked as a carpenter up to 2007,

I have not worked full time since then due to health problems

I am soon to start working part time all going well,

I love making stuff from wood and metal plastics I love wood-turning most because you can make things fast and can have a wonderful piece made in a matter of minutes, well sometimes :-)

I make these videos so others can learn from them and inspire them to make their Own pieces

take care Robbie

34 responses to “Welcome

  1. Paul Lewis

    March 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Robbie

    I want to make a drum sander for my lathe, I thought I saw one on one of your vidios, could you please advise me which one (if any)

    Many thanks


  2. Roy Hanson

    March 4, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Hi Robbie,
    Have been enjoying your videos since last November when my Dad gave me his old lathe and I started to learn about turning. I have finished several small lidded boxes (my wife loves them!) and like sbellis001 mentioned above, I did a twisted box from scrap oak dunnage I salvaged from a construction site. I believe in giving credit where its due so I was wondering how to send you pictures of the pieces you inspired me to make?
    Thanks very much for all the work and effort it must take to put out these videos. They are great, very helpful and I hope you can make more.

    Roy Hanson
    Idaho, USA

    p.s.- I got a laugh out of the turnip video, I kept thinking it would fly apart any minute! :o)


    • robbiethewood

      March 4, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Hi Roy
      i just clicked on your link to facebook
      Thats a reley nice job you done on the box well done beautiful piece.
      Thanks for showing it to me a never really get photos from other woodturners allot of people say they are going to try the projects
      its great to see a photo of one.
      i just downloaded it from your page and have it in my files thank you
      Take care Robbie

      Roy Hanson Box with a twist


      • Roy Hanson

        March 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        Hey thanks for the reply Robbie.
        Glad you got to see one. I am slowly learning how to add pictures in facebook, and I put several more files there of pieces that you inspired. If you get a chance take another look. I also put some inspired pieces from Mike Walt, Erik Anderson and Stephen Ogle.
        Many thanks for all you do with instructional videos, they really help!
        Have a great day!


  3. sbellis001

    December 31, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Yesterday, I watched your video on doing a 3-axis turning to make a small lidded box.

    Thanks so much for that!

    I then made one out of a scrap of oak I had. It turned out great and I’ve received rave reviews from friends at work who know what I do after hours.


    • robbiethewood

      January 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you it would be wonderful if i could see some photos :-)


  4. rwoodward74

    October 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    woodturning a Butter Dish. This was great, the wife has gone through a lot of butter dishes but this one will be perfect. Thanks Robbie


  5. Claudio Sandoval Mendoza

    September 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Robbie, I admire your work and I’m thinking very seriously about buying a good wood lathe, what brand is the best and quiet like yours? What is the model that you recommend? Thank you if you answer me, if not, well …;-)


  6. Derek Waddell

    September 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    hi Robbie how’s thing’s well if all go’s to plan i’l be starting up the old jubilee tomorrow after work. i spent £200 on the lathe and traveled to Leed’s to collect it myself. i then had to spend £270 for a power inverter as the jubilee is still three phase. tomorrow is when the inverter is dew to arrive but i still don’t have any turning tools. planning on getting a good set on my bosses account at a local tool store. i’m 33 and work as a fencer putting up stock fences for farmers but mostly deer fencing for Scottish woodlands and the forestry commission. iv made a log store and have it stocked with spalted beach. i’m hoping this is what it lakes for me to change my ways as iv.spent the 14 years as a drug addict. i hold a full time job 5 days a week and work for myself on a Saturday so i don’t have much spare time so i’m hoping this is my new addiction and a chance to get fit and well again.i’l let you know how my turning turns out.thanks for uploading your video’s they have been played a huge part in the inspiration to start turning and do something with myself
    thank’s again


    • robbiethewood

      September 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Hi derek hope this is a good turning point in your life and all goes well for you
      let us know how you get on with your new adventure
      All the best robbie


  7. Sean Toner (@armagh_sean)

    August 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Robbie, I’m enjoying your videos on youtube and if you are ever north side of the border feel free to call into Armagh Mens Shed as the kettle is always on.
    Regards Sean


    • robbiethewood

      September 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for the invitation sean
      Take care Robbie


  8. Tom Steiner

    July 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I would like to say thank you. I have learned more about wood turning than I have in the last year from watching your videos. I look forward to attempting some of the projects you have done. You are a real inspiration.


  9. Glen Clark

    July 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Hey Robbie I have enjoyed watching your videos. They do inspire me to try different things.

    Thanks for being out there and doing the video’s. Even though i am the only one in my family that turns, My family likes watching your videos.


  10. Mark Anderson

    June 24, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Good evening Robbie. I have just discovered your blog/videos. Out standing. I really like the tips you pass on and your skill in the shop. I’ve noticed you and a good many others prefer a larger gouge when you start you rough work. Do you find the 5/8″ ( I think it is) gouge to be a better tool than a 1/2″? In your sanding disc holder video the gouge you are using has a very long flute and should last a long time. May I ask the make please?


    • robbiethewood

      June 29, 2014 at 3:30 am

      Thanks its 5/8 ‘ Ellsworth’ Signature Gouge 55 % on the tip sweep back as far as i can grind it more if i could


  11. Allan Cochrane

    June 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Robbie your doing some great stuff…and am sure your a great help to keen learners like me…!


  12. Tom Edwards

    May 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Robbie, I stumbled on your video re sharpening – I have been ‘trying’ my hand at woodturning for a few years but have had many health problems which kept me out of the shop (copd, 12 blockages, 5 bypasses, asbestosis, mesothelioma, massive internal bleeding, etc.) . Have turned some nice things when first starting but now find my memory is failing and can’t remember which tool I used for this/that, and can’t even remember how to sharpen them, soooo I was very happy to see your system! Keep up the good work for stumblebumbs like me.


    • robbiethewood

      May 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Thanks Tom hope your health improves and you get more shop time
      take care Robbie


  13. William Nolan

    May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Robbie
    greetings from a fellow Dub i have just entered retirement and have watched all your videos i think you make wood turning look simple and fun look forward to seeing more hope you are keeping well.


    • robbiethewood

      May 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      thanks william ever need any help whith your turning
      enjoy your retirement


      • William Nolan

        May 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm

        Thanks Robbie if i need help i will give you a shout


  14. Dries

    April 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hi Rob,

    Found you on youtube. I run around there sometimes to find new ideas and stumbled upon your channel.
    Immediatly made a link in my favorites ;) Hope i done that the right way, because i tried something with “feeds”. Not familiar with that.

    Nice to see what you do and what you make. It gives inspiration and ideas.
    Hope the health is doing better. Now all about it. Health isseus run here too. That`s actually one of the reasons why i got into wood and woordworking. Besides the fact that my Grandfather did it, and i`d like to keep the “trade” going, and ofcourse keep it in the family!

    Keep them vids coming please Rob. Verry educational and inspiring! Thanks for that.

    Kind regards,


  15. wtomco

    April 9, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Exelente mil gracias, desde Envigado Colombia


  16. Anthony Brophy

    March 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Fantastic Videos Robbie . Could watch and learn from you all day . Keep up the great work. Hopefully someday we will meet up as Im only in Carlow.


  17. Harry Whyte wodturner Aberdeen scotland

    March 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

    ‘Harry whyte woodturner Aberdeen scotland. hi Robbie I am very impress with your Turing can’t get enough of it I must try the shell soon i am 80 & have been turning for 20 yry


  18. E. James

    March 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Robbie,
    I have had a lathe for quite a few years, being retired now I don’t get as much time on the lathe as I would like owing to health problems.
    I have been inspired by your work on the videos, your teaching technique is very easy to follow and your explanation of the different tools you use and how to use them is very informative and easy to understand.
    When I go out to the workshop and get on the lathe and produce something for someone it is the best therapy there is.
    Please keep making the videos so people like myself I have something to look forward to.

    Kind regards
    Eddie J.


  19. Bill

    February 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Have been watching your videos since you came back Robbie. I am a novice turner on a pension. I find the way you turn spectacular and the teaching is great. I look forward to your videos m8, I’m in Australia so the native timbers here are different but generall one can get it on the net

    great stuff


  20. Terence Aston (aka: Terry The Turner)

    January 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Robbie,
    Great to see your videos. I’m up here in Holywood, N. Ireland and a member of the Ulster Branch IWG, so great to see your work. Keep it up and let us have lots and lots of your ideas. Many Thanks


  21. Brian Best

    January 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Hi, Robbie
    I’ve learnt a huge amount from your videos and comments. Now woodturning about two years, but have had more time since retiring last year. Bowls, pens, eggcups, pen pots are still welcome by the family and friends – guess I haven’t turned enough yet!
    Hope your health keeps improving. Best wishes


  22. Serjo

    January 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Robbie,

    I’am following you since a couple of months, I like your work and the tips I can use.
    I’am on retirement since a month, and I hope to turn from nowone.
    Creating objects with the lathe is very amusing, and relaxing.
    A lot of success with your blog and turning days.

    Kind regards
    Jos from Belgium



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