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Shop Talk Live 23: Cuba's Forgotten Furniture Masterpiecescomments (8) January 11th, 2013 in blogs
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Shop Talk Live 23: Cuba's Forgotten Furniture Masterpieces
On this week's edition of Shop Talk Live, Ed Pirnik fills us in on his recent trip to Cuba, with a special focus on furniture lost to the revolution and a house built of Cuban mahogany. Then it's time to address listener questions as we tackle everything from when to choose a shaper over a router table, whether you really need a caliper for furnituremaking, and the merits and disadvantages of the radial arm saw. Plus, a brand new audio shop stumper offers listeners a chance to bring home a set of Rockler Bench Cookies.
Now I Know Why Cuban Mahogany is a Protected Species
Of special note this week was Ed Pirnik's holiday trip to visit family in Havana, Cuba. Traveling along with him was his mother, who hadn't been back home since leaving the island at the age of 15, in August of 1960. While staying at the home of his aunt and uncle, just outside the Cuban capitol, Ed snapped some photos of furniture built during the waning years of the Cuban mahogany trade and learned--much to his surprise--that the roof of his family homestead was all built of Cuban mahogany in the 1930's. Heck, even the exterior siding was milled from the stuff! Get the whole story on this week's podcast.
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