David Robinson

David is a designer and woodworker, specialising mainly in commissions, designing and crafting works to suit individual requirements. 

Background

I was trained as a landscape architect and continue to work as Senior Design Consultant to an Edinburgh practice.  Over the past 25 years my landscape design work has ranged in scale from the pyramids and lakes at Bathgate’s Old Motorola Headquarters to the meticulous steel and stonework around the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh’s Old Town.  I have always been as interested in the making as in the planning, though – I spent my teenage holidays helping to restore cottages in the Orkney Islands and my home is my own conversion of derelict farm buildings.  In addition to Landscape, I have worked with small teams designing and building many extensions and conversions, from conception to completion, mostly of traditional Scottish rural buildings.  I still design and organise projects – but my site work is now mostly confined to the fitting of my own hand-made joinery components. 

The years of experience producing site joinery – from roof trusses to toilet roll holders – led to a greater interest in fine quality woodworking and since the mid –1990s I have concentrated on this. 

I have held exhibitions, both locally and in Edinburgh, and now run a family furniture-making business working closely with my son Callum, specialising in bespoke hardwood furniture pieces, kitchens and house interiors. My past training of working to a brief helps me to design and create pieces that fit their surroundings and the particular needs of the client. The style is simple and clean-lined, with a fine finish and a timeless quality. 

 

Woodwork

Exhibitions since 1996:
The Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington;  Marchmont Gallery, Edinburgh;  Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), Edinburgh;  Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth;  Bass Rock Gallery, North Berwick
 

Some local examples:
Millennium doors in Yester Church, Gifford;  Old Manse gates, Dirleton;  Lectern, Holy Trinity Church, Haddington
 

Landscape Design

Motorola Headquarters, Bathgate, West Lothian;  Quintiles, Bathgate, West Lothian;  Pentland Science Park, Midlothian;  Roslin Institute, Midlothian;  Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, Edinburgh;  Writer’s Museum, Edinburgh;  Falkland Estate, Fife 

Building Projects

Acha Mill, The Dairy etc. Isle of Coll, Argyll; Ruggs Croft + other cottages near Lawdor, Nairnshire;  The Old Bakehouse + The Smiddy, Stenton, East Lothian;  The Steading, and Holdings Cottages, Newmains, Drem, E. Lothian ;  Rowan House, Athelstaneford, E. Lothian; Cottage at Humbie, East Lothian; Extensions/alterations, houses at Lonsdale Terrace, Braid Rd, Cowan Rd etc. Edinburgh