Ingrained: The making of a craftsman - in conversation with Callum Robinson
Ingrained: The making of a craftsman - in conversation with Callum Robinson
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Ingrained: The making of a craftsman - in conversation with Callum Robinson

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Join us at Dukes of West Barns on Monday, 9th September, at 7.30 pm, when we'll be welcoming author Callum Robinson to talk about Ingrained: The making of a craftsman, his evocative memoir about the power of reconnecting with nature and the magic of trees.

Purchase a copy of Ingrained via this page for free entrance to the event (admits one) - while spaces last! Alternatively, you can select an 'entrance only' ticket for this event.

The event will include a discussion and Q&A with Callum Innes, followed by a book signing. 

Please select 'local pick up' at the checkout if you would like to collect your copy/copies from Night Owl Books, or at the event. Alternatively, please select a Royal Mail option and we'll post your book(s) to you.

Copies will be available for collection/delivery around publication date, 22nd August 2024.

About Ingrained: The Making of a Craftsman:

Ingrained is a love letter to trees, timber and craftsmanship – and to finding your own voice.

The eldest son of a Master Woodworker, Callum Robinson spent his childhood surrounded by wood and trees, absorbing craft lessons in his father’s workshop, playing amongst the sycamore, oak and Scots pine that bordered his home. In time he became his father’s apprentice, helping to create exquisite bespoke objects. But eventually the need to find his own path led him to establish his own workshop; to chase ever bigger and more commercial projects, to business meetings, bright lights and bureaucracy, to lose touch with his roots. Until the devastating loss of one major job threatened to bring it all crashing down. Faced with the end of his business, his team and everything he had worked so hard to build, he was forced to question what mattered most.

n beautifully wrought prose, Callum tells the story of returning to the workshop, and to the wood; to handcrafting furniture for people who will love it, and then pass it on to the next generation – antidotes to a culture where everything seems so easily disposable. As he does so, he brings us closer to nature, and to the physical act of creation. Close enough to smell the sawdust, to see the wood’s grain and character and to feel the magic of furniture coming to life. At the same time, we begin to understand how he has been shaped, as both a craftsman and a son.

Blending memoir and nature writing at its finest, Ingrained is an uplifting meditation on the challenges of working with your hands in our modern age, on community, consumerism, and the beauty of the natural world – one that asks us to see our local trees, and our own wooden objects, in a new and revelatory light.

Hardback, 320 pages, publishing on the 22nd August 2024.

About Callum Robinson:

Callum Robinson makes all manner of things from all manner of woods for some of the most influential brands in the world. He is creative director at Method Studio, the company he established with his wife, designer and lecturer Marisa Giannasi, almost fifteen years ago.

Taught by his father – now one of the UK’s foremost ‘Master Woodcarvers’ – his
work has been exhibited widely. He works and writes from a studio and workshop in a forest, beside a loch, nestled in the Scottish hills.

Author photo by Marc Millar.

Event times:

Event: 19:30 - 20:30, followed by signing.

Doors: 19:15.

Venue information:

Dukes of West Barns, 5 Duke Street, Dunbar, EH42 1UR.


- Will I be sent an e-ticket before the event?

Please note that we will have a guest list on the door on the night of the event, and you will not be sent an e-ticket for it - simply let us know your name/the name of the person who booked your ticket when you arrive, and we'll check you in! 

A note on Covid precautions: if you feel unwell on the day, please err on the side of caution, and please take a lateral flow test before attending, if you can.