March 1, 2018

I recently visited a show about Adolf Loos (1870-1933), a revolutionary architect and interior designer counted among the pioneers of modern architecture. The exhibition took place at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and was impeccably curated by Pilar Parcerisas. I...

July 7, 2017

Making a pair of winding sticks is a great exercise on precision dimensioning of wood: the more accurate they are made, the more subtle winding they can measure. These are made from Mahogany (a reclaimed piece that has been waiting in a cellar for two or three decades)...

June 26, 2017

Some woodworkers take inspiration from the materials themselves: they pick up a plank and think "this would make for a nice cabinet door", and they build the piece adapting every shape and dimension to that piece of wood, often the protagonist of the work.  A great exa...

May 14, 2017

A classic stool might seem a simple thing to build, but it actually has 16 joints, so it lends itself to a good exercise on mortise and tenon joinery. I designed this one to show students a number of variations on the same joint: through, blind, haunched, wedged and pi...

April 26, 2017

The quarter-sawn stock has it's growth rings perpendicular to its face, which means that it was oriented radially inside of the tree. This kind of boards take much longer to cut from the log, but they are very stable and make for premium quality furniture. In some spec...

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