Category Archives: Historical Images

Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair Drawings in the Danish National Art Library

There’s little doubt that Kaare Klint’s “Safari Chair” was directly inspired by Roorkee chairs built during the late Victorian era. The chairs are so close in dimension that I use the same leather patterns when building an 1898 Roorkee chair … Continue reading

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Traditional Coopering from The Woodworker Magazine

Because of the bourbon industry in Kentucky, oak barrels are pretty much everywhere – even in the home centers where they are sold as planters or rain barrels. I use a used barrel as my garbage can in my shop. … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Workbench from The Woodworker

There are many ways to get around not having a dedicated workbench. Here are a few: Some Victorian-era books recommend using a chest of drawers as a bench. Work on the top, store your tools in the top drawers and … Continue reading

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Wooden Spoons in The Woodworker Magazine

Now that spoon carving has supplanted pen turning as the latest woodworking craze (and it’s about time), you might enjoy this article from The Woodworker magazine, which was likely written and illustrated by Charles H. Hayward. Hayward had excellent contacts … Continue reading

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What is Nonexistent

The wheel’s hub holds 30 spokes Utility depends on the hole through the hub. The potter’s clay forms a vessel It is the space within that serves. A house is built with solid walls The nothingness of window and door … Continue reading

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The Making of the Oldtime Woodworker

In a prominent place in a cozy Long Island home are two huge volumes. These interesting books contain a record of that second honeymoon which so few of us attain in this world, the Golden Wedding. The record is a … Continue reading

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Extravagant Economy

The customers of a country cooper caused him a vast deal of vexation by their saving habits and persistence in getting all their old tubs and casks repaired, and buying but little new work. “I stood it however,” said he, … Continue reading

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