Slow eyes

Sometimes I have to remind myself to have slow eyes. Instead of throwing a cursory glance over the parts of my projects to determine “good enough” I try to be vigilant about going back and seeing the details. Surface tear-out or a facet out of plane can make all the difference in the final stages…

To make a plan

Plans that are hastily made, often fail with the same haste. I have yet to make a proper Windsor style seat. I’ve definitely come to appreciate their curvaceous lines and sultry swoops, but my previous chairs took a more utilitarian turn. This time, I decided on something different. I’m working on a child sized Windsor…

You never know until you try

The “Uncommon Chairs” exhibit last month in New Bern has been stewing around in my brain for the past few weeks. Admittedly I haven’t moved much past the superficial aesthetic reaction stage for the most part, but I have really been stuck on the “marking stick” on display by the chair it helped to make….

Chad Stanton, you’re OK in my book.

We all want to make heirloom furniture that people will wholly underappreciate and future generations will remember by saying something like, “yeah, I think it was like my great-grandfather or something who made this”, but lets face it, there are all sorts of other useful things we can put into the world along the way….

It’s not all fine woodworking

There is something beautiful about the rhythm of hand tools and the careful, methodical pace of building fine furniture. There are also some times when you just need to make a thing that fills a purpose without all the romance. A while back, my wife decided she was going to turn an old shed porch…

A day trip to the water

Despite all the hurricanes, North Carolina has a lot of things going for it including a long and illustrious history of furniture making. We have plenty of high style period cred through John Swisegood and Thomas Day¬†and a whole body of work from the Moravians in Old Salem, but I have to confess that everyday…

Without breaking the bank

A small bevel gauge is handy to have around, especially if you’re drilling and reaming leg holes for staked furniture. I generally use my Blue Spruce sliding bevel (which I love), but Dave doesn’t make a smaller size (yet) so if you’re looking for something in the 4″ range you’ve probably been salivating over these…

An elevated heart rate.

While it’s pretty clear that woodworking involves a fair amount of lifting, I never really thought of it as cardio until I was gluing together my most recent chair. I’ve gotten to be pretty meticulous in preparing for glue-ups. I lay out all the parts in logical order. I make sure the glue is warm,…

A New Thing

This evening (8/18/17) from 4 – 7 pm the North Carolina Furniture School will be having an open house. The address is 503 Second Street, Ayden, NC 28513 If you’re in the area I encourage you to come by, meet Stuart (the proprietor) and check out his collection of new and vintage machines. Even for…

Finer things

When I was a kid, and we would sit on the gym floor in elementary school for assembly, I would squirm from the minute my hiney hit the floor. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how the other kids could stand it. I remember once, sitting on that gym floor, watching a…

I have a preposition for you…

There’s a long-standing debate in our home about whether you sit on the floor or in the floor. It boils down to a regional difference in how we express what is actually happening when you get down off of a chair and put your posterior directly in contact with the floor in question. To me,…