Bob`s Bio: I was born in a poor condition and in a grotesque shape with my mother claiming that the doctors had offered to bump me off. However the Milk of Human Kindness won out and I was promptly transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of a London hospital that was very shortly wiped out by a V2 rocket. I survived that and various outdoor adventures acquiring a fierce stutter on the way. I passed the written 11+ examination but failed the oral examination and so l left school aged 14. I then started an engineering apprenticeship at a Tractor/Crane factory,discovered the local jazz club and posh girls. I also discovered London’s all- night Jazz clubs and more interesting people.Becoming disenchanted with work I moved to London and lived rough, surviving by scrounging, scavenging and stealing. Age 18 saw me in a succession of cheap shared flats, involved in petty crime, and the music scene. My 19th Birthday was spent in the nick during a 3 months sentence. On my release I took up with wealthy girls and swanked around for 5 years or so.During this time I was the mystery keeper of a cat called ‘Procol Harum’ ,the source of Procol Harum’s name - I mention this ‘cos thers a whole website that’s devoted to it. Got fed up with this soft life and drove a van to Afghanistan to buy sheep-skin coats to sell back in Europe .This took a year and I got the taste for living in vans. I already had the taste for Boys’ Own adventure and drugs. On a second trip to central Asia I was arrested en route to Baghdad on suspicion of spying and was personally interrogated by Saddam Hussein, the recently deceased boss of Iraq. More importantly I met a member of the Mandaean sect who believe that John the Baptist was Jesus Christ. Did my first Jewellry work with one of these blokes. Back in London living on a shoe-string through a customizing motorbike Biz. 3rd trip to Central Asia ,1937 Ford V8 fast lorry.with Girlfriend Monica who could cut Patterns and got involved in successful rag-trade episodes.Lived in hill village with horses,Motor bikes,trucks and guns. After a year or so of that came back to the U.K. No longer fancied London moved to Wales. Met Heathcote. Motor cycle crash on Ibiza, months in bed, no income so started making jewellery.Work sold readily I lived for a few years from this,sometimes in trucks other times in houses.Bought a gas-welding kit and started making things and welding cars. Living in vans solidly for the past 20 years, work developed. Now making a variety of stuff :Cup-hooks,Windmills , Fire-Breathing Dragon-Cars.About dozen years ago got into teaching kids and adults and have had the pleasure of seeing a fair number go on from this start.
Sculptures by Bob Rowberry
Photo Credits Richie Cotterill
Bird a Feather Gift Burned Mirror Ball Fishes cl Red Star Moon Feather Sail Green Flag Painted Plane Plane Plane Shiner Led Sails Rotor Action Bubbles Blowin Bubble Machine The Mortality of Wisdom Crescent Feather Tin Lid Dragon Tin Lid Dragon+Bob Bob`s Hooks Bird Profile Fire Dragon1 Fire Dragon2 Fire Dragon3 Fire Dragon4 GM Chicken Soup 2 GM Chicken Soup 3 GM Chicken Soup 7 GM Chicken Soup 10
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