Mark ( on October 4th, 2010

Well, the best laid plans to blog after each day of classes with Binh Pho at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking did not really pan out.  Sorry about that.  There was just too much going on and I was spending nights either in the shop or working on design ideas for pieces – and […]

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Mark ( on August 28th, 2009

Recently, I was reading Doug Stowe’s blog: Wisdom of the Hands.  Doug had a post there about some testing of new tools he had been doing recently.  In the post, Doug discussed that he did not want his tools to allow his work to “self-identify” with the viewer.  His feeling is that if someone views […]

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Mark ( on November 30th, 2008

Usually, I do not design pieces with very contemporary styling.  However, when I was asked to design and build a table for my brother-in-laws vacation home, I knew that I would need to change course a bit from the more traditional.  My brother-in-law and his wife’s tastes lean a bit more toward the contemporary side.   […]

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Mark ( on November 8th, 2008

Blackburn’s third pillar of design which complements both Function and Construction is Proportion.  The topic of proportion is something that I have written about here before.  So, I won’t repeat too much of that information in this post but rather, I will touch on some additional design paradigms that are useful in developing proportion in […]

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Mark ( on October 8th, 2008

Building on the first post in this series, it’s time to explore Graham Blackburn’s second pillar of design: Construction.  When one thinks of construction in woodworking, the first thought is inevitably joinery.  While joinery is definitely one element of the construction of a piece of furniture, as you might expect, there’s more to the equation. […]

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