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David Binnington Savage 1949 – 2019

419 Words - Posted on 28th Jan 2019

It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of David Binnington Savage on Friday January 18th after a determined fight with cancer. David was an accomplished artist, furniture designer-maker, writer and inspiration to all who followed his ... more

‘Tis the Season…

261 Words - Posted on 24th Dec 2018

“…to put your tools down… fa-la la la lah, la la, la-la!” Not renowned for taking holidays, even cabinetmakers take a break over Christmas. It’s not a bad idea to occasionally remove yourself completely from the workshop for a while, and ... more

Anger Management

411 Words - Posted on 9th Dec 2018

And breathe Rhetorical question: what makes people angry? I think of it as when our emotions are left to run amok when an event occurs that is divergent from the one we were hoping for or expecting. The point being that it is not the event that ... more

Fit as a butcher’s dog

399 Words - Posted on 22nd Nov 2018

When we started training as makers at Rowden, both Jonathan and I  noticed something: making furniture is hard work. Especially if you’re focusing on learning how to use hand tools. Make no mistake, planing wood for 4 hours a day puts  all sorts ... more

Goals, dreams and ambitions

412 Words - Posted on 18th Nov 2018

Making a Change It is very easy, when you’re in the thick of working through a tough project, to forget what lead you to being there in the first place. Over the years we’ve met a number of designers and makers, and designer-makers who have ... more

Like mindedness

292 Words - Posted on 31st Oct 2018

Common goals or an alignment of interests are usually a good thing in any organisation. They ensure that the people involved operate in harmony and that all the energy is applied to the task at hand. In a reasonably sized corporation though, quite ... more


448 Words - Posted on 21st Oct 2018

Plan A In a previous life, every morning I would go for a run, and I’d see a small group of Japanese ladies going through their daily exercise routine, called Rajio Taisou. I know this because one day I actually stopped and asked. They even let me ... more

Good enough?

269 Words - Posted on 17th Oct 2018

Making it... Here at Rowden, we have a pair of facing walls in our rec space covered, and I mean covered, with images of student work. If you go to our website, you’ll find a gallery of student work too. Check it out here. Pretty much without ... more

Work smarter rather than work harder

491 Words - Posted on 11th Oct 2018

Work smarter rather than work harder For most people, the concept of "working smarter, not harder," coined by Allan Mogensen, the creator of work simplification, has developed from a simple, inspirational imperative, to an overused, ambiguous ... more


464 Words - Posted on 3rd Oct 2018

Jonathan Walter from Bark Furniture

Yes, but why? A few weeks ago I wrote a blog explaining my reasons for changing careers and becoming a cabinetmaker. It seems there are as many original stories as there are makers, and it is a line we’ll come back to periodically as I think it ... more