Mark ( on September 27th, 2008

Building on the information that I gleaned from the Graham Blackburn workshop that I attended, I wanted to go into a little more depth on the topics of design that were discussed.  Very often when woodworkers think about designing a piece of furniture they only think about things like joinery, style and the finish of […]

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Mark ( on September 21st, 2008

This weekend marked the opening of the season for the Rochester Woodworkers Society, the woodworking club that I belong to.  As I have mentioned before, each year the club hosts several national woodworkers for lectures and workshops.  The first talk of this season was given by Graham Blackburn. Graham has an interesting background.  Born in […]

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Mark ( on July 21st, 2008

Recently, I was watching Neil Lamens’ interview (Part 1 and Part 2) with Wendell Castle. Neil did a great job talking with Mr. Castle about his approach to the craft and art of woodworking and his approach to design. If you have not seen the interview, I’d urge you to give it a look. Even […]

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Mark ( on June 10th, 2008

I was reading a recent post at Chuck Bender’s new blog about the differences that make one piece of furniture good and another one great. Two quotes in Chuck’s excellent post were particularly interesting to me: “…there is nothing new under the sun…” and “…if a piece is meticulously crafted but is lacking in design, […]

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Mark ( on April 29th, 2008

Well, after a wait for the finish to cure and my being out of town, the Queen Anne Side Table is finally ready for its unveiling. When I last posted about this table, the construction was complete and I spoke about the possible options for a finish. In the end, I went with a finish […]

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