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Advice From a Woodworker

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If you know someone who wants to be a woodworker, here’s what I have to say: What you are building is not furniture. You are building within yourself the ability to create furniture. You will never get paid enough for the time you put into your best pieces. You need to settle with that now, […]

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The Box That Saved My Marriage

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There’s the score card from a round of golf played with your brother and dad, a guitar pick, and a rock. A business card, a spring, and the handful of change from your pocket. All of it looks like nothing much to me, but if I throw any of it away, I’ll be in big […]

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Considering the Well-Fit Drawer

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One of the things that first drew me to wood-working was the feel and sound of a well-fit drawer. When the fit is good and very tight, there will be a small resistance when you go to tug open the drawer. When you push it closed, a small pocket of air will come out in […]

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Sculpted, Live-Edge Mirrors in Sugar Maple

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The mirrors are framed with thick beams of sugar maple carved and shaped to mimic attributes in nature. A series of pegs poking up like sticks, shelves like mushrooms growing from the sides, and little drawers with peep holes small enough for wrens. These are the beautiful functions carved into the frames of the new […]

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A Brief History of Glue

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Three-thousand years ago, the Egyptians at Thebes used hide glue made from the skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals to create inlays and veneers on wooden furniture used in the funerals of their mighty pharaohs. Over 1,500 years ago, Chinese masons mixed a sticky rice paste with lime juice to serve as mortar between […]

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Finishing the Back of Wood

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Dan once told me that when he’s building something small like a run of boxes, he imagines a master craftsman coming across it years from now. He imagines that box in their hands, and how they would look it over, inspecting the joinery, the design, the matching cut of the grain. Doing this helps him […]

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The Marriage of Joinery

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When I consider how two pieces of wood should be joined together, I look at it like a marriage.  For better or worse, in sunshine or rain, these two pieces of wood have to stand side by side. The trick is that wood, like people, is bound to change over time. It moves, expanding and […]

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Wounds in Wood

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Pictured here is a piece of walnut-dyed ash from a round coffee table, and if you look close at the darkest part of the marking, you’ll see the glint of a nail head. It was hammered into the tree however many years ago, creating a wound. The insects and bugs suddenly gained access to the […]

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Among the White Cedars

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They grow as if cork-screwing out of the ground, the longitudinal strips of their bark spiraled and turning upward. Their roots grab the earth like fingers, then lift and hold the trunk as it bends and winds around obstacles. You get the feeling, in a cedar grove, as if great intention occurred over a sustained […]

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Spalted Birch and the Swerengen Cabinet

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During a lightning storm of ’02, a giant birch on the back forty lost a limb. It stood like that an entire summer before I had the chance to harvest the wood. During that time, summer rains poured down into the trunk of the tree. I didn’t know how much until the day of its […]

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