Category Archives: Personal Favorites

In Praise of Kentucky-style Furniture

I first encountered Kentucky-style furniture when I visited the workshop of Warren May of Berea, Ky., in the early 2000s. While working with Warren on an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, he invited me to his barn to see his … Continue reading

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Rowden Atelier: Still one of the Best Woodwork Schools

I’ve taught a lot of woodworking students of all different skill levels – from beginners to professionals – all over the world. Despite that, I was shocked and delighted by the full-time students at Rowden Atelier in Devon when I … Continue reading

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A Fairy Tale for the Frenzied Woodworker

While you work feverishly to finish a commission for a customer or gifts for family and friends do you sometimes find yourself giving the side eye to those acquiring gifts with the mere click of a button? Perhaps you are … Continue reading

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This Belongs to Everyone

At the beginning of every class I teach, I try to remember to make a little speech. It goes something like this: You are welcome to take photos or videos of everything you learn here. And you can post these … Continue reading

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Never Despair; Nothing Without Labour

I’ve long been fascinated by the association between bees and woodworkers (and other laborers). Images of bees and skeps (early beehives) show up frequently on books and other ephemera related to woodworkers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This … Continue reading

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‘Enslaved to Line & Level’

In some old images of staked stools and chairs, you’ll find the legs and other components are a bit curved. Sometimes this is the result of the “hedge carpenter” using a curved branch scavenged from the woods. Or from using … Continue reading

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Help Preserve Auriou – a Woodworking Treasure

I get asked to promote crowdfunding efforts all the time. I almost never say yes because most of the campaigns are ridiculous, ill-planned or just bad ideas. But this one is different. Auriou (Forge De Saint Juery) is fighting for … Continue reading

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