Category Archives: design workshops

Break the curse of the blank sheet of paper

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly”. Lauren Bacall   I remember a time when a blank sheet of paper had the power to chase away every creative thought. It’s a mind trick. It seemed like a mirror reflecting dead air … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons

Here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up for the Foundations of Design workshop I’m teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking the week of March 17th – 21st.  10. You’ll learn proportions as a second language. 9. … Continue reading

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Do Your Best Work

When I look back over my journey as a woodworker, there have been three great leaps that marked turning points in my work. They didn’t have anything to do with buying some fancy machine or hand tool (though I kicked … Continue reading

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Dream Workshop

Just a stones throw from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the new workshop of chairmaker Richard Grell. I stopped by over the the last year as the walls went up and and shared in the excitement. Richard’s been a … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasure

The workshop sits down a tree lined gravel drive, barely visible from the road. Since 1973, thousands upon thousands of Windsors went from freshly harvested logs to exquisitely crafted chairs by one man in a modest workshop. You’ve never seen … Continue reading

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