resident craftsman
& teacher


"I live in a beautiful place, I work at something I love, I make enough money to live and my demands in the worlds resources is very meagre; what is so unusual about this idyllic circumstance in that there is plenty of room for more to join."  - John Brown

 Order of the Elephant

Order of the Elephant

 Robert at his bench

James Krenov Memorial Shop 

After teaching full time for nearly seventeen years, and maintaining a bench at the school, I now have returned to work. My workshop, is home to Jim's original machines, his bench and hand tools. I continue to teach Wednesday through Saturday, but the rest of the week, I can be found in my workshop where I have returned to the craft that so inspired me so many years ago. As Jim suggested to me when I left school.

"If you want to teach this craft, you need to practice this craft."

As I work, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude, for all the years of Jim's assistance and inspiration; and of course, Yvonne, my soul mate, my partner in life and work, for allowing me to follow my passion for this craft and live a dream. 

NOTEBOOK


heart (2004-2017)

"What we need, is more heart in the work." - James Krenov
balsamo, goncalo alves, doussie and Mendocino cypress
85cm x 53cm x 33cm

photography by Tim Andries


Vidar's Chair (2009)

wenge and danish cord

21" deep x 21 1/4" wide x 32 5/8" tall

Photos by Ingeborg Suzanne


Upward Spiral (2012)

narra

11 1/4" wide x 11" length x 5 1/4" tall

Photos by Robert Van Norman


Transition (2008)

kwila, narra & kauri pine

13 3/8" deep x 21 3/4" wide x 28 1/4" tall

Photos by Ingeborg Suzanne


Letters Home (2008)

nicaraguan cocobolo 13" length x 8" wide x 5 1/2" deep

Photos by Chris Mortensen


Sailing (2000)

doussie, olive, eastern maple, mendocino cypress

17" deep x 37 1/2" wide x 35 7/8" tall

Photos by David Welter


Conversation Piece (1999)

teak and danish cord

31" deep x 39" wide x 39" tall

Photos by David Welter