Author Archives: Jeff Burks

The Making of a Cabinetmaker – Part II

My actual experience at the bench as an embryo cabinetmaker began when I was fourteen years of age. I had been at school all the winter and spring, but was with my father in the shop a great deal before … Continue reading

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Noah’s Arks

In Kew Gardens is a seldom-visited collection of all the kinds of wood which we have ever heard of, accompanied by specimens of various articles customarily made of those woods in the countries of their growth. Tools, implements, small articles … Continue reading

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The Amateur Carpenter

The Amateur Carpenter In my opinion every professional man should keep a chest of carpenters’ tools in his barn or shop, and busy himself at odd hours with them in constructing the varied articles that are always needed about the … Continue reading

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The Making of a Cabinetmaker – Part I

  I took kindly to woodworking. In fact, I was brought up in the woods until I was seven years of age. During these first seven years of my life I saw my father only occasionally, for he was a … Continue reading

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The Journeyman

The Journeyman Smith What is a journeyman smith? The first time that I remember hearing the term journeyman applied to any particular trade was about twenty-nine years ago, at which time I was quite a youth. The word was employed … Continue reading

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Dirty Shops and Slovenly Workmen

Charles Reade has asserted that workmen are a dirty set and a reckless set. Is this true of American workmen? His observations have been confined to English workmen; would he have occasion to modify the general character of his statement … Continue reading

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Fifty Years in Mills and Timber

In 1838 I was 14 years of age, and then in the wilds of Maine. My father lived four miles from the city of Bangor, and his farm, then nearly all covered with forest trees, bordered on the banks of … Continue reading

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