In an alternate universe…

There are always paths not taken. Corollary to that idea, of course, is that we won’t ever know with any certainty what those paths would look like. There are glimpses. My childhood is littered with sets of toys like those above. Two tractors, nearly identical in every way. One pristine and barely used; the other…

As a rule…

Why is it that the simple things always give the most trouble?

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…