After dropping off the kids at kindergarten and school this morning I found myself having a blissful three minutes of free time before I had to head to the train to go to work. I turned on my timer, turned off my mind and sat down at the piano to practice the first Invention by… Continue reading Time restraints and woodworking
I made my first chair a couple of months ago. It was a three-legged chair to go with our Fender Rhodes electric piano. Reflecting back, I think of all the happy hours spent sourcing my materials and getting all the necessary tools together. The actual act of finishing a chair was a special moment. And… Continue reading Chairs: Is Design The Enemy Of Comfort?
I had taken a beautiful leftover piece of ash home after my class with Chris Schwarz, in the hopes of finding a perfect project for it. Eventually it came to me that the thing was almost the right size for making a saw bench. Though I already have a saw bench, it is never bad… Continue reading Small Staked Bench
I have been thinking about a chair design that has been floating through my head and decided it would be a good idea to make a model before building the actual chair. I want to make a chair that has four legs but the two back legs splay towards each other to a point, making… Continue reading Chair Models
Dutch Tool Chest In my endeavours to become a better woodworker it only seemed logical that I would eventually be making dovetails. I wasn’t intimidated, but it is a very different thing to make joinery than sculpting or carving a spoon, and even staked furniture has a more three-dimensional feel to it. We had a… Continue reading Dutch Tool Chest
It has been five months since I decided that my previous work was too imperfect and too imprecise for my own critical liking. At that time, I pondered many ideas and decided I would actively get out of my comfort zone and start making things that I wasn’t personally passionate about but that are important… Continue reading The Self-Taught Woodworker (Do Books Count?)