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FEATURES IN FURNITURE: CARVINGS AND TURNINGS

This is an excerpt from “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years: Volume IV” published by Lost Art Press. From the earliest pre-historic ages man has tried to express himself in some form of decoration, first in flint and then in wood. To … Continue reading

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The Manner of Planing and Trying a Piece of Stuff Square

  This is an excerpt from “The Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz.  Now we get to the fun part: Putting the tools to use. Moxon’s first “exercise” is to plane a large piece of wood square to … Continue reading

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Uncivil Engineering

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Design Book” by Christopher Schwarz. On the outside, we are all different organisms. Different hair, skin, weight, height, clothes and surface decorations (tattoos, makeup, scars). These differences tell others our age, gender, wealth and place … Continue reading

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Infill Planes

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. These planes earn their name because they consist of a metal shell that has been “infilled” with wood. And they also have been “infilled” with a fair amount of mystical … Continue reading

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The Domestic Portrait of Studley

This is an excerpt from “Virtuoso: The Top Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” by Donald C. Williams, photographs by Narayan Nayar.  Studley married Abbie Stetson of Washington Street in Quincy on Feb. 10, 1870. The details of their meeting … Continue reading

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The 18th-century Shoulder Knife

This is an excerpt from “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry” by  André-Jacob Roubo; translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue. One of the joys of researching the old ways of doing things is that every … Continue reading

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The Plate 11 Bench

  This is an excerpt from “With All the Precision Possible” by André-Jacob Roubo, translation by Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue.  The following text is part of an essay about Roubo’s workbenches written by Christopher Schwarz. One … Continue reading

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