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Adrian McCurdy: Furniture Riven from the Log

Adrian McCurdy: Furniture Riven from the Log

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Adrian McCurdy makes furniture from riven wood--he cleaves boards from large oak logs and builds pieces that reflect the character of the wood. This slideshow illuminates McCurdy's background and presents a range of his extraordinary work.

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Geoffrey Warner: Assembling a Life

Geoffrey Warner: Assembling a Life

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In his shop on the coast of Maine Geoffrey Warner builds one-of-a-kind furniture but is involved in much else as well--from giving workshops to piloting his vintage sailboat on day cruises. This slideshow presents the remarkable breadth of his interests.

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Peter Shepard Turns the Page

Peter Shepard Turns the Page

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Peter Shepard made a career switch at 40 from publishing to furnituremaking. It's clear in this slideshow that he hasn't missed a beat.

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Steven Kennard: Turning Blackwood Boxes

Steven Kennard: Turning Blackwood Boxes

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Nova Scotia turner and photographer Steven Kennard makes a dazzling array of sculptural boxes, primarily in blackwood. This slide show mixes dozens of his turnings, all of them beautifully presented in his own photographs, with a handful of shots of turnings in progress.

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Curve It Like Konig

Curve It Like Konig

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Enrico König's furniture often incorporates dramatic curves. Some are coopered, but most are bent laminations clothed in stunning veneer. This slideshow presents a range of his pieces and a peek into the Vancouver shop where he makes them.

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Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair

Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair

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Steve Brown, of the Cabinet and Furniture Making Department at Boston's North Bennet Street School, takes the viewer on a guided tour of an 18th-century Queen Anne side chair. Brown shares his techniques for recording the critical measurements and construction details required to make an accurate reproduction.

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Partners in Craft: Harold Wood and John OBrien

Partners in Craft: Harold Wood and John O'Brien

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An English artist/designer and an American cabinetmaker join forces in Texas and create an array of very impressive furniture.

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Tool Chest with an Arts & Crafts Legacy

Tool Chest with an Arts & Crafts Legacy

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Trevor Hadden's tool chest was the culminating project of a two-year apprenticeship that provided him with an impressive set of woodworking skills along with a direct link to the furniture makers of the English Arts & Crafts movement.

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David Haig: Bending Timber

David Haig: Bending Timber

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New Zealand furnituremaker David Haig tells the story of developing his classic rocker in this audio slide show. He also shows a range of pieces he makes using a technique that combines kerf-bending and steam bending.

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Howard Werner: Artist with a Chainsaw

Howard Werner: Artist with a Chainsaw

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Howard Werner is a master craftsman whose primary tool is the chainsaw. This slideshow is rich with the results of Werner's thirty-five year career spent carving hefty logs into furniture and sculpture.

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North Bennet Street School Turns 125

North Bennet Street School Turns 125

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This slide show is rich with photos of furniture by graduates of Boston's North Bennet Street School, the preeminent training ground for furniture makers with a period focus.

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Seth Rolland: Slicing Maestro

Seth Rolland: Slicing Maestro

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Seth Rolland's sliced furniture is a thrilling piece of technical innovation that also happens to be quite beautiful. This slide show follows the building of one table and presents many other pieces made using the same technique.

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Adrian Potter: Thinking Furniture

Adrian Potter: Thinking Furniture

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This audio slide show presents an array of pieces by Australian furniture maker and sculptor Adrian Potter. Potter's furniture is functional, yet full of innovations in shaping, joinery and materials. It also explores new ground with its use of movement and music, among other things, to convey a message.

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Hank Gilpin: Exploring the American Forest

Hank Gilpin: Exploring the American Forest

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Hank Gilpin’s career has been a ceaseless quest to discover enticing American woods for furniture making.

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Pro Portfolio: Doug Mooberry and Kinloch Woodworking

Pro Portfolio: Doug Mooberry and Kinloch Woodworking

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In this audio slide show Doug Mooberry describes some of the exquisite pieces of period furniture his company, Kinloch Woodworking, has built over the past three decades.

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Brad Smith: Story of a Stool

Brad Smith: Story of a Stool

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Brad Smith has been making his line of farm-inspired furniture for 25 years, and along the way he's developed a shop full of clever jigs for making the pieces quickly and efficiently. This audio slide show highlights many of them as it follows Smith building a stool.

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Pro Portfolio: Michael Hurwitz: Planks into Poetry

Pro Portfolio: Michael Hurwitz: Planks into Poetry

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Philadelphia Furnituremaker Michael Hurwitz is one of the most talented designer/makers currently working. In this slide show he discusses a selection of pieces he's made over the past thirty years.

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James Krenov: Virtuoso in Words and Wood

James Krenov: Virtuoso in Words and Wood

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An audio slideshow tribute to James Krenov (1920-2009).

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Pro Portfolio: Hank Holzer and Judith Ames: Labor of Love

Pro Portfolio: Hank Holzer and Judith Ames: Labor of Love

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Hank Holzer and Judith Ames are shopmates in Seattle. They are also husband and wife. Both have been making furniture since the early 1980s and have developed distinctive styles and loyal followings. This audio slide show presents a selection of furniture by each of them along with their commentary.

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Sam Maloof: Reflections on a Master Maker

Sam Maloof: Reflections on a Master Maker

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Listen to this audio slide show with prominent woodworkers reflecting on the life and career of master furnituremaker Sam Maloof, who died in May at 93.

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