Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

Speaking of Gothic

One of the reasons I first became consumed by woodworking was the American Art & Crafts movement. Though I rarely build Arts & Crafts pieces anymore, I fell in love with the joinery and the oak about 1990 when a … Continue reading

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Play Dead, Wally. Good Boy

I know that this blog entry will tick off some people because of this first line: We have someone clean our house. I know, I know. It’s bourgeoise. But it’s the nicest anniversary present my wife and I ever gave … Continue reading

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Step 1, Build Coffins. Step 2…. Step 3, Profit!

This weekend I built three coffins with the help of some friends and wrote a blog post about the experience over at my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine. Check it out here. Special thanks to John Hoffman, the other half … Continue reading

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Updates on Lost Art Press Products for 2014

I know it looks like John Hoffman and I have been lazy publishers this year. Here it is August and we’ve released only two products in 2014 – “Campaign Furniture” and “The Naked Woodworker.” Are we drunk? Well, yes, but … Continue reading

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Coffin-making. For Reals

Judging from the e-mails I’ve received today, some readers thought I was making a macabre joke when I mentioned we’re having a coffin-making party in August. It’s no joke. And I’m dead serious about the project. Everyone has personal desires … Continue reading

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Scythe Beats Hammer Every Time

Jeff Burks turned up this fantastic image from the 1850 book “Bilder des Todes oder Todtentanz für alle Stände” (“Images of death or the Dance of Death for all classes”) illustrated by Johann Gottfried Flegel and written by Carl Merkel. … Continue reading

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Sociable Settles

When you come to think of it, settles were the only form of traditional oak furniture that were not used for dining; they were for resting, conversing and drinking. As such, they were sociable, not hierarchical. Unlike other forms of … Continue reading

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