Category Archives: Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

Peter Follansbee Has Left the Building

When I visited Peter Follansbee in his shop at Plimoth Plantation in 2012, it looked as if his shop had always been there and always would. I wouldn’t call it cluttered, exactly. It was quite tidy. But it was filled … Continue reading

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Years Later, I Met Them in Person

  The Internet is a strange and absolutely wonderful place. You can have productive and involved relationships with people you have never met. I have heard that people even find intimacy (note, you will never find those photos of me … Continue reading

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12 Knuckleheads Agree

Today (one day early) we finished up building a dozen Roorkhee chairs plus their accompanying campaign stools at the Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking. Then we sat on the lawn and tried to stay awake. What are we going to … Continue reading

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‘One of the best ‘how-to-do-it-books’ of the last and present century.’

For those of us with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about traditional American tools and furniture, there is one name that makes us all tip our hats: Charles F. Hummel of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Hummel’s impressive career as … Continue reading

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Stumpy the Art Stump Project – in a Weekend

With only days before the Christmas holiday, I stumbled (literally) on a project idea in the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Step 1: Find a stump as big as your bottom. Step 2: Cut it to … Continue reading

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3 New Reviews

Tim Talma reviewed “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee in the latest issue of “Period Furniture,” the newsletter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM). Talma seized upon the fact that … Continue reading

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Other Kinds of Joint Stools

I’ve made lots of joint stools over the years. Right now, I have a few underway, (see above) and a joined “form” to go with them. A form is just a stretched-out joint stool, such as this one I shot … Continue reading

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A Joint Stool, Ruhlmann Style

For your viewing pleasure: Steve Schafer sent along this photo of a joint stool that he built after asking himself the following question: “What would Ruhlmann do had he lived during the American Federal Period?” The stool is made from … Continue reading

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If They’d Had a Biscuit Joiner…

… then they would have had joints that failed suddenly instead of slowly and gradually – like a mortise-and-tenon does. I know this after dropping an anvil on a lot of joints. If they’d had a router, they would have … Continue reading

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Without a Scrap of Crap

People regularly ask what my favorite woodworking books are. It’s a tough question because I really love writings about dead trees that are printed on dead trees. Most of the books I like are ones that altered the way I … Continue reading

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