Meet Bob Howard


A trained mechanical engineer (UNSW 1972), Robert (Bob) Howard discovered fine woodworking as an amateur in the late 70s, turned professional in the mid 80s, before celebrating the bi-centenary by becoming self-employed in mid 1988. He offers classes in fine cabinetmaking and woodcarving in his Brisbane workshop.

Bob’s first woodworking experiment began by making his own guitar. As it happened, he never learned to play as he was too engrossed in the joy of working with wood.

From that first guitar, Bob has come to specialise in dining chairs, rocking chairs, jewellery cases and carved wooden bowls. And anything else that happens to take his fancy!

In his woodworking philosophies, Bob leans toward the traditional and truly respects top quality tools. His pet hate is anything and everything cheap: cheap tools, cheap machines, cheap work. And sanding. Bob hates sanding. This may be his biggest inspiration for perfection in his work.

Bob’s final word on woodwork is…

 It is a fascinating, never ending challenge, intellectually, physically and psychologically. I love it.”