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Just want it to be done

One year ago Jim Tolpin and I were axehandles and elbows in final edit mode for our manuscript BH&E (By Hand & Eye).  I was struck by how much work is involved down that final stretch and I just wanted … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, V is for ……..

is for volute. The Oxford dictionary defines a volute as a spiral or twisted formation or object. For the furniture designer, a volute is a graceful way to terminate a line. No doubt inspired by the unfurling organic forms that … Continue reading

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Great interveiw with Jim Tolpin

It seems like yesterday I was wrapping up my keynote address on furniture design to a packed house in Chicago. Then a woodworker down in front raised his hand and posed a question I didn’t know the answer to. A … Continue reading

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Visit a great woodshop

Richard Grell’s woodshop lies at the end of a tree lined gravel lane. I dropped in the other day to see Richard in action teaching a child’s Chair class. Grell made his sole living for forty years making Windsors and … Continue reading

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The Bells of Agnone

I’m always a sucker for any story about keeping a traditional craft alive. So a small foundry casting bronze bells for a 1000 years got my attention. At 2:20 the master bell maker explains the simple geometry behind the bell design. Those … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, Q is for …….

is for quaint. A trade name for a number of lines of furniture produced by the Stickley Brothers in Grand Rapids Michigan. They began using the name “Quaint Mission”, attached to a line of mission inspired furniture and then subsequently … Continue reading

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Design Critique, finished results to share

One of the really fun parts about our design critiques is to see the finished results on a project. Adrian asked for your help back in Feb 2012.   Here’s a link to his blog with more pictures and details. … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, O is for ……..

is for Fredrick Law Olmsted (B. 1822 – D. 1903), arguably the premier landscape designer in America. His list of public parks and landscapes across the US and Canada is unmatched and chances are, any great park that comes to … Continue reading

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Thumbs up on Handworks 2013!

Trust your gut. The folks that cooked up the 2013 Handworks event in Iowa didn’t check with an accountant, lawyer, or MBA. They trusted their gut and banked on the idea that hand tool woodworkers are motivated by the same … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, N is for ……

Is for niche. A recess built into a wall to house a statue, trophy, or work of art. Often niches are capped with a semi-dome. The domes were sometimes carved to mimic the inside of a seashell. Found in Roman … Continue reading

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