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Custom Entertainment Cabinet in Spalted Maple and Walnut

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During the summer and fall of 2013, I built this credenza, or entertainment cabinet, using  solid walnut and the air-dried  sugar maple lumber from one of the 300 year old trees. The most challenging thing about building this piece was supporting the heavy top with the four angled side posts. The cabinet essentially has two […]

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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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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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AP’s 2013 Show Season

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Stop in and visit our booth. We hope to see you at one of our shows! Brookside Art Annual May 3, 4, and 5 Kansas City, Missouri Broad Ripple Art Fair May 17 and 18 Indianapolis, Indiana Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts August 17 and 18 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin The Plaza Art Fair September 20, 21 […]

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Porcupine in a Box

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This morning at 7am I ran out into the woods in my nightgown with a big stick and put myself between our dog, Helgi, and a porcupine. The two animals faced off for about 10 minutes, the dog barking and wheeling, the porcupine scurrying in circles, and me in the middle, screaming my head off, […]

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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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