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Laura Mays: Making the Connections Between Building and Design

While on a bicycling vacation in 1994, Laura Mays found herself at a village crossroads in remote County Galway, on Ireland’s western coast. Each of the first three corners housed a pub; the fourth, a large Victorian building. Intrigued by … Continue reading

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Across the Board: Yoav Liberman – Furniture Maker, Teacher & Finder of the Good

Imagine this: You’re a teacher of woodworking. Your students are kids. The school where you teach is in a big city, and most of your students live nearby. It’s March 2020: Your school, along with much of the rest of … Continue reading

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Stay Focused, Keep Moving: An Interview with Freddy Roman

When Freddy Roman was a student at The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts he saw a dressing table made by fellow student Austin Winters, who’d built the piece after seeing an original in the catalog for an exhibition at the Peabody … Continue reading

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True Grit: An Interview with Helen Welch of the London School of Furniture Making

Chris Schwarz suggested I invite Helen Welch to be interviewed for the Lost Art Press blog. “She is a “[bleep]ing badass,” he wrote. “A tool nerd. Funny and sharp as hell.” So I wrote her by email. She sent back … Continue reading

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On & Off the Page: An Interview with Anissa Kapsales

Along with her colleagues at Fine Woodworking magazine, Associate Editor Anissa Kapsales decamped from Taunton headquarters in Newtown, Conn., to her home in Upstate New York this March. Her office for the past several weeks has been her kitchen table, … Continue reading

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American Dream: The Brothers Abraham

May 2017. I’m on my way to Handworks, a renowned hand-tool woodworking event in Amana, Iowa. After seven hours of interstate driving I know I’m getting close when the GPS directs me off the highway into a residential area with … Continue reading

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Paying it Forward: An Interview with Megan Fitzpatrick

“Chromosomes have nothing to do with your abilities or potential in a woodshop.” — Barbie, of Barbie Woodshop Among the first questions posed to any woman in woodworking seems to be: “How did you get into this?” Followed by: “Was … Continue reading

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An Interview with Barbie of Barbie Woodshop

Editor’s note: I was recently intrigued to discover the Instagram feed of a young woman who is blazing an inspiring trail for others. Barbie, of Barbie Woodshop, is fearless in the face of new joinery challenges; while always ready to … Continue reading

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Meet the Comet: Interview with Aspen Golann

Comfort, v. 1. To strengthen; to encourage; to support; to invigorate. — The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles Had it not been for COVID-19, many of us would have been in southwestern Massachusetts this weekend for Fine Woodworking … Continue reading

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Interview with Kate Swann of the Florida School of Woodwork, Part Two: A Career in Woodworking

This is Part Two of my interview with Kate Swann of the Florida School of Woodwork. You can read Part One here. As Kate and her husband worked on their money pit home, she started acquiring tools. “I loved using … Continue reading

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