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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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