Category Archives: Personal Favorites

The Reasonable Dictators

The first urge I ever felt to be a manager was at my first newspaper job in South Carolina. My desk was in the center of the newsroom and faced the glass-fronted offices of three people: the managing editor, the … Continue reading

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Disposable Goods for a Disposable Planet

Some of the pieces I worked on were well over 100 years old, still strong and easily repaired, while much newer, mass-produced pieces were already broken and not worth fixing. This experience reacquainted me with the ethic of craftsmanship. In … Continue reading

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Please Excuse the Interruption in Service

During the last week my family and I rode mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to stay at Phantom Ranch. (John, you’ll be happy to know I didn’t fall into the canyon so you don’t need to look … Continue reading

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Roubo versus The Carver

Indexer’s Note: As I reread “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making” and update the index I can hear my father’s voice say the same things that Roubo wrote. “Draw a plan, measure correctly, cut precisely, hand me … Continue reading

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Aumbry Déjà Vu: The “Mad Owl” Sussex Maker

While reading Fred Roe’s “Ancient Coffers and Cupboards” I came across a drawing of a late Gothic almery owned by Morgan Williams (owner of St. Donat’s Castle until 1909). What caught my eye was the “mad owl” tracery on the … Continue reading

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Book Report: Nick Offerman’s ‘Good Clean Fun’

Most woodworking books are as dry as a popcorn fart discharged in the high desert plain. In the effort to communicate doctrinaire woodworking information, many authors (me included, at times) forget one simple fact: The writing has to be dang … Continue reading

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Welsh Stick Chair Influences

All the good furniture designers I know are deeply informed by the past, and they either fold it into their work or rebel against it. I always try to come clean about my design influences for several reasons. First, it’s … Continue reading

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