Category Archives: Books in Print

Campaign Birdhouse (And a Movie)

Campaign birdhouse. It is real. Check it out on my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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One (or Two) of Jonathan Fisher’s Workbenches

Jonathan Fisher built a number of workbenches during his life in Blue Hill, Maine, according to woodworker Joshua Klein, who has studied Fisher’s journal in detail. One of Fisher’s workbenches is a lightweight model that uses a basic Nicholson construction … Continue reading

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Plans: A Folding Campaign Bed

Because I spend 18 weeks a year on the road, teaching and researching, I am always relieved when I return home and my key still works in the front door. I’ve always thought I should have a Plan B in … Continue reading

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Americans Need Not Apply

One of the oddest criticisms I’ve received about the book “Campaign Furniture” is that I’m not British, and therefore have no legitimate connection to that historical style. It’s true that I am an American citizen – I didn’t have much … Continue reading

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Campaign Stool’s Leatherwork Details

If you know what a sharp tool is and you have basic hand-eye coordination, then you have the skills to do basic leatherwork, such as the seat and strap for this folding campaign stool. This weekend I built a couple … Continue reading

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Peter Hvidt: A Link Between Campaign Furniture and Danish Modern

After wallowing in images of campaign furniture for the last three years, it became clear to me that many of its core principles – clean design, good joinery, nice wood – had been grafted onto the Danish Modern style. Some … Continue reading

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Dutch Tool Chest Meets the Anarchist’s Square

Woodworker Aaron Marshall took my Dutch Tool Chest class at The Woodwright’s School this week and added a slot in the shelf to hold his English Square, which is featured on the cover of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” The slot … Continue reading

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A Workbench Time Capsule

British woodworker Richard Arnold recently discovered an abandoned hand-tool joiner’s shop located only a few miles from his workshop. Arnold says it looks like the shop was abandoned just before the second world war and looks as if it had … Continue reading

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The Hunt for the Earliest Holdfasts

To amuse ourselves, Jeff Burks, Suzanne Ellison and I have been trying to find the earliest extant holdfast or the earliest image of one. We’ve gone way back, but the trail goes dead in Roman times. We have people saying … Continue reading

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Wee Britain

One of the core ideas behind campaign furniture was it was a little piece of home wherever British citizens roamed. The soldiers, clerks and support staff who administered the affairs of the British Empire all over the globe remade their … Continue reading

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