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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yesterday, Austin took a series of photos with his phone while walking through the finishing room and shop.
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
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
Wiley Mae Weeks helped her grandfather replace the lights on the lumber trailer.
In response to a request, I replied, “Yes, we can carve a frog on a rocking chair leg.”
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