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or a company best known in marine circles for high-end plywood, it is surprising that Robbins’ roots lie in a much older sort of woodworking. The company has always been based in or around Bristol since its formation in the mid-1880s as a public sawmill, a place where all-comers could bring timber to be cut into planks. “We specialised in wagon wheels and coffins,” says Robbins managing director Richard Bagnall, whose office overlooks the busy car park and loading bays on a newly built

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