Category Archives: Yellow Pine Journalism

A One-line Philosophy on the Internet

“A wise man once said: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” — Chapter 10, “Legion”

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‘We’re All Frauds’

The book that became “Chairmaker’s Notebook” began as a chat with chairmakers Peter Galbert and Curtis Buchanan. We made a plan to produce a video of Curtis building a chair that would be accompanied by a pamphlet from Peter illustrating … Continue reading

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Another Chester Cornett Rocker (or When Routers Attack!)

Today Brendan Gaffney and I got a rare up-close look at one of Chester Cornett’s rockers during a preview for an antiques auction in Cincinnati. The walnut rocking chair was one of Cornett’s later pieces. And after a close examination, … Continue reading

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Paul R. Schwarz (1942-2018)

We don’t know much about the “Schwarz” side of my family, such as when exactly they came to the United States or where they emigrated from. There are family stories that involve the Ukraine. Plus a curious tale about a … Continue reading

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From the Ground Up

I was in elementary school when my father hurt his back so badly while working on the farm that his doctor confined him to bed. My bedroom was immediately down the hall from my parents’, and after school one day … Continue reading

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Why the %$#@ is Your Shop so Clean?

When I post photos of my work, a frequent comment is about how my shop is clean. “Sterile,” some might say. “Unrealistic,” others have said. But a few people like it that way, I guess. The implication is that I … Continue reading

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My Willow Phase

The unpleasant funny thing about visiting your family during the holidays is encountering your former woodworking self. I’m in Charleston, S.C., with my dad this week and encountered my Late Willow Phase, a time during the 1990s when I was … Continue reading

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