In the Fine Woodworking Mail Bag
One of my responsibilities here at Fine Woodworking is sorting the mail. The other day we received a padded envelope addressed to someone who no longer works here. In it were a letter and some photos of 2 teenaged boys working in a shop and a finished tiger maple Queen Anne Highboy. While at school, the boys–Nathan and Christopher–got involved in shop class and enjoyed it so much that instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons on TV they would watch Norm Abram on The New Yankee Workshop. One of Norm’s projects was a Queen Anne Highboy and the boys decided they wanted to take on the challenge.
Before they started the project, their father called Fine Woodworking looking for plans and guidance. He was grateful for all the help, so he wrote a letter of thanks once the project was complete. Here’s an excerpt:
You may not remember me. I was the guy who called you regarding an article that had run a few years ago in Fine Woodworking about a Queen Anne Highboy. And you were so kind to send us (myself and sons Nathan and Christopher) a copy from your archives of that series. Anyhow, after many months the boys finally finished their version of the historic piece. I have enclosed a few photos of the project in various stages right through completion. We hope you enjoy them.
I am so proud of the boys and their accomplishment. I was not sure if I would see this dream come true. But thanks, in part to you, a family heirloom has become the result. I might be carrying on about this, however words on these pages could never express my gratitude and joy in my heart.
Thank you again for your kindness, Jeff
Getting things like this in the mail is really nice. It is great to see the results of a phone call and in this case it is really great to see 2 brothers working so closely together to produce such a fine piece. (One of the boys hopes to go to the College of the Redwoods in the future). But the best part of all is hearing how proud the father is of his sons.
The boys at work (or is it play?)
The finished piece