ROBIN BOVEY is a biologist by training and the author of half a dozen books of natural history. He spent many years working in environmental conservation both in England and Canada. Over the past fifteen years, Robin has devoted a lot of energy to humanitarian work with the International Red Cross in such places as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Darfur and East Timor. While in Mozambique eight years ago, he taught himself to turn wood on a lathe. He now maintains a workshop in the northern Portugal village of Covas next to a gallery that houses his work. His pieces have been bought by collectors in Europe, southern Africa, Canada and the USA.