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The Historic Evidence for Tool Selection and Use

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.  There are several sources we use to learn about a 17th-century joiner’s tool kit. The surviving furniture retains many tool marks left by the joiners. … Continue reading

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Peg the Seat

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. Now to fasten the seat to the stool’s frame. By this point, you have checked that the top of the frame and the bottom … Continue reading

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Jennie Alexander (1930-2018)

Editor’s note; This morning we received word from Peter Follansbee that Jennie Alexander has died. Her health has been in decline for some time, but her enthusiasm and spirit was intact. Just last week she called to give me a … Continue reading

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The Art of Mastery

Niels Henrik David Bohr, a Danish physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 for his work on atomic structures once said, “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in … Continue reading

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Meet The Author: Jennie Alexander

Jennie Alexander was born John Alexander on Dec. 8, 1930. She has lived in row houses her entire life, and their vernacular architecture defines, in part, not only the city she has always called home, but also a more intimate … Continue reading

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Meet the Author: Peter Follansbee

A few weeks ago Peter Follansbee participated in a panel discussion titled “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Traditional Crafts and Contemporary Makers” at the Fuller Craft Museum as part of the opening reception for Living Traditions: The Handwork of Plymouth CRAFT. … Continue reading

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How Slow-Grown Oak is Different

This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee.  If you have a number of oak logs to choose from, then you can go through the checklist of factors that affect the work ahead. … Continue reading

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