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Wendell Castle

I read today that Wendell Castle died.   Just a few days ago, I was thinking of what I had learned from him and posting a note and the photo below to a draft for the website. Wendell spoke at the … Continue reading

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Pecan Special Editions

Twenty-four years ago, I designed the rocking chair that anchors this business.  We saw ourselves as a Texas company and made the chairs from wood of the state tree of Texas, pecan — selected for heartwood.  As the internet made … Continue reading

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The Furniture Society Conference

Leslie and I attended the Furniture Society Conference in Philadelphia, June 23-25, 2016. We joined the Furniture Society 10 or 12, or more, years ago when it was new.  We remained members for several years, although not active ones.   It … Continue reading

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Mahogany Recovered

When the sailing ships first delivered mahogany logs to Europe, it inspired and delighted the cabinetmakers and became the premier wood of choice.  By the 1980’s, the trees were endangered and their extinction seemed possible, even likely.  By regulation, conservation, … Continue reading

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Shoes to Fill

Aaron Jones came to work with us when we were building the shop and showroom, almost 14 years ago. He stayed on. He came as a carpenter’s helper and became one of the best craftsmen and leaders of production I … Continue reading

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A Fine Woodworker in France

In Semur-en-Auxois, Burgundy, France, I asked if there were any furnituremakers in town.  I was directed to the shop of Christian Boisseau.  He was just the man to see — competent, successful, and friendly.  I spent about an hour and … Continue reading

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Edge Banding Plywood

We use a little plywood.  We build machine housings, dust hood, jigs, fixtures, cabinets, and shelving for the shop and office, and from time to time, we build cabinets and shelving for ourselves or the public. We stock several sheets … Continue reading

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Bela Weeks’ First Carving

Bela wanted to carve something — her first carving.  The faceted, five-point star is a good relief for a lesson.  It is a simple, geometric shape with givens requiring precision:  the outline, the even depth and symmetry of the centerlines … Continue reading

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A Quick Walk Through the Shop

Yesterday, Austin took a series of photos with his phone while walking through the finishing room and shop.

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A Trip to France

In 2004, we sent a chair to Paris.  Marcel and I have corresponded ever since.  Leslie and I went to France, to meet him and visit the country . . . the amazingly beautiful country.  In the photo below to … Continue reading

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Designing a Custom Dining Table with an Elliptical Top

Prospective patrons wanted an elliptical tabletop on a pedestal to seat six.  It took several exchanges of drawings and comments to find the size.  A mathematically true ellipse is a very pleasing shape, but the useable space on and under … Continue reading

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Charactermaking

Wiley Mae Weeks helped her grandfather replace the lights on the lumber trailer.

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A Frog on a Chair Leg

In response to a request, I replied, “Yes, we can carve a frog on a rocking chair leg.”  

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The Lumber Shed

We moved a lumber shed last week.  It occupied a space behind the shop where we will eventually expand the building.  But we moved it last week because of the Bastrop Wildfire.  In that fire, friends lost houses, cars, shops, … Continue reading

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Multi-Tasking

This is a picture of me intently, even joyfully, carving the plugs flush on the back of the corner cabinet featured in our most recent shopblog entry. This is a picture of me thinking of something I am not doing. … Continue reading

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