Two years ago Robin first had email correspondence with a Japanese turner, Tomio Imaru. Inspired by my videos of Robin on YouTube and Robin's book 'The Wooden Bowl', he had built himself a bowl turning lathe, forged his own tools and taught himself to use them. They keep in touch over the internet; Imaru san has proved a good learner and makes lovely bowls!
Now they hope to meet properly if Robin can make arrangements for Imaru san to visit the Chisana Kesurokai work site whilst we are in Japan in August. It would be a great experience for them both, as there is nothing like working with a fellow craftsman to progress your skills.
Here's some video I made of Robin with another craftsman who he mentors from a distance, Michail Schütte, who is German so we see a little more often!