I recently had a student ask me what he could read to begin preparing for his furnituremaking journey. My first thought was what a great question! I have had the fortunate experience of learning woodworking both ways — the stumbling-around-in-the-dark self-learning method, and taking classes and being mentored by those who know what they’re doing. […]
I consider William H. Varnum’s Arts & Crafts Design one of the seminal (and I don’t use that stuffy academic word lightly) books that every Arts and Crafts furnituremakers should have in their library. My copy is well highlighted and redlined, and I refer to it as often as I visit Bruce Hoadley’s Understanding Wood.
Again, I’ve fallen into the habit of working in the shop and doing little blogging. So here’s another update on how the Stickley Double Costumer inspired coat tree is progressing. Since my first post, we’ve been working on creating prototypes of the two major components of this piece — the feet and the posts. First, […]
Back in June 2013 I updated you on how the air-drying process was progressing. At that point I learned the location of my stack was impeding the drying process, and outlined some steps I took to counter those challenges. What I don’t think I mentioned in that update was that I took the top layer […]
Introduction Designing is one of the most fulfilling aspects of making furniture. It allows you to have an influence on the furniture’s look and feel, as well as the dimensions and functionality. Yet, from a learning or skill-development perspective, it is also one of the most elusive elements of furniture making to understand, let alone master. If […]
If you’ve ever been mystified about creativity, or wondered how you could become more creative, this is the book for you — Twyla Tharp does a great job of demystifying it. In her persuasive, down-to-earth writing style Twyla boils it down and explains what it is, and how you can evolve your own creative skills. These […]