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Angela Robins

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Angela Robins

Angela Robins is a woodworker and educator, inspired by the curved forms found in Scandinavian and Japanese wooden crafts, in particular the boat and bowl. Raised in the U.S. and Japan, her interest in traditional crafts was sparked from seeing images of wooden Japanese fishing boats.  After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami of northeastern Japan, she returned to her hometown and visited with traditional craftspeople in the region.  Her first opportunity to study traditional woodworking and crafts was at North House Folk School, where she was an intern in 2013.

Since then she taught skin on frame wooden boatbuilding at a youth development program, Urban Boatbuilders, for three years, and continues to teach the ancient textile technique, nalbinding, to students of all ages. In 2015 she received a Minnesota Folk & Traditional Arts Grant to study Scandinavian green wooden bowl turning with Jim Sannerud

In the spring of 2015, she assisted boatbuilder and researcher Douglas Brooks with the documentation and building of a traditional wooden fishing boat with one of the last boatbuilders in northeastern Japan. 

As a participant in the Artisan Development Program, she will focus primarily on her wooden bowl turning and carving practice.

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Current Courses Offered by Angela Robins

3 days
Teaser image for Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session

Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women’s Session

Come and make wood shavings fly as you learn how to create wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore the form and function of this age-old craft while learning about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks.  Examples…
Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018  –  Thu, Jan 25th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
Fri, Jan 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 28th, 2018
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch