Category Archives: Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

The New Lie-Nielsen Froe Designed by Drew Langsner

Joiners, green-woodworkers, chairmakers, et al: Your “where-can-I-get-a-good-froe” problems are solved. Some people like old tools, some like new tools. Some use both. For years, I have used old blacksmith-made froes. It requires some good luck to find old examples that … Continue reading

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Joint Stools Without a Lathe

Before “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” was a book, it was a workshop that Jennie Alexander and I taught a few times. The first session was 1991 at Drew Langsner’s Country Workshops. We had 12 students – several … Continue reading

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When the Fakes Look Authentic

Question from a reader: “I have seen websites like Mr. Follansbee’s with instructions on making these [joint stools] using absolute period techniques and tools or offers to buy one. I’ve seen stools that look (in pictures) to be authentic but … Continue reading

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Wood the Oppressor

Our relationship with wood is complicated. When I see a beautiful maple in my neighborhood, I want to kill it, tear it open and use its guts to make something. But I also appreciate the beauty of its canopy. When … Continue reading

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‘Make a Joint Stool’ Available in the U.K.

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” is now available for sale at Classic Hand Tools Ltd. in the U.K. You can purchase the book (and other Lost Art Press books) using this link. The price is £34.95. In other … Continue reading

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A Joint Stool Comes to Greenbriar

The two most difficult things to photograph in woodworking are plow planes and joint stools. With plow planes there is not a single good angle that shows everything about the tool: the fence, the tote, the skate and the cutting … Continue reading

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Breaking the Riving Rule

In our joint stool projects, Jennie Alexander and I always struggled with the riven seat board.  It takes a VERY large diameter oak to get a quartered board almost 11” wide. When it came to writing “Make a Joint Stool … Continue reading

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Preparing a Book to Read it

When you are trying to read a book and you want it to lay flat, it can be frustrating. You can be gentle, and the book will close shut as soon as you unhand it. Or you can be rough … Continue reading

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The Debate of the ‘Joint Stool’ Book

As the woodworking community begins to read and absorb “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” there have been some interesting criticisms. The most pointed: “The problem with (Peter) Follansbee’s 17th century methods are that they are completely impractical for … Continue reading

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Unsolicited Praise for ‘Make a Joint Stool from a Tree’

We never request reviews from woodworkers, magazines or fellow authors. And we don’t sling around free copies of our books in the hopes of hooking a review. So when we get a review, it’s from someone who had to seek … Continue reading

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