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Garrett Hack: Furnituremaker and Farmer

comments (23) August 2nd, 2013 in blogs

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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Garrett Hack has been making furniture for forty years--beginning not long after he graduated from Princeton with a dual degree in civil engineering and architecture. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Garrett Hack has been making furniture for forty years--beginning not long after he graduated from Princeton with a dual degree in civil engineering and architecture.

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Garrett Hack has been making furniture for forty years--beginning not long after he graduated from Princeton with a dual degree in civil engineering and architecture. And over that same stretch of time, as he developed technical skills and a design eye that have made him a highly sought-after teacher at furniture programs around the world, he has also put several hours each day into his work as a farmer.


As in woodworking, where he relies on well-honed hand skills (and hand tools) for much of the critical work on his furniture, he does nearly all his farmwork without the aid of machines, relying instead on his Belgian work horse, Jazz, for nearly all his plowing and planting and harvesting.


In this slide show, a wide range of Hack's furniture pieces blend with photos of the buildings and animals and fields that surround him on the farm.



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Comments (23)

spokeshave27 spokeshave27 writes:
Posted: 10:21 pm on September 17th

James122 James122 writes: May the Lord continue to watch over you and your family and continue to bless you. You have been such an incredible blessing to so many of us wood workers. God bless Maranatha Wood Works
Posted: 10:48 am on September 10th

thamesrenovations thamesrenovations writes: This man is a true gentleman and an inspiration. Not just his furniture, which speaks for itself, but the generosity and positive outlook of the man which encourages me.
Posted: 11:26 am on September 4th

mfradkin mfradkin writes: To say this slide show and Garrett's life are an inspiration is certainly an understatement of how I feel viewing each of these photographs. As already alluded to, his philosophy and life work serve well to turn up the flame of passion for all of us to do even better work and hopefully manifest our own dreams. Thank you Jon for this wonderful contribution.
Posted: 4:54 am on August 21st

AEW AEW writes: I lived in southwest NH for many years and followed Garrett's work and life style the entire time. His design brilliance is at par with his craftsmanship. I attended a one day seminar by him in TN a couple of years ago and it was the best woodworking learning experience I have had. He is truly a man of all seasons.
Posted: 8:24 am on August 18th

evanism evanism writes: Absolutely magnificent. So idyllic.
Posted: 5:51 am on August 18th

Sailing_Bill Sailing_Bill writes: I have had the privilege and honor to have taken 2 of his courses given here in southern Germany. Garrett is not only a master craftsman and designer of top quality work but is just a class act. If you have the opportunity to take a course or just interact with him I highly encourage you to do so.

Servus aus Bayern Garrett!
Posted: 3:16 am on August 18th

bazhose bazhose writes: Thanks for sharing!! highly inspirational!!!..beautiful workmanship...
Posted: 2:01 am on August 18th

DRM58Y DRM58Y writes: Idyllic. Something to aspire to. Well done to the photographer & GH. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 9:22 pm on August 17th

RDCwood RDCwood writes: I have followed Garret's work in Fine woodworking for some time, and admire his philosophy of the craft and this slide show is the cap on all I have seen.
The slide show illustrates an equilibrium and peace in Garret's life, which is what we all aspire and look for, but seldom attain.
Really enjoyed!
Thank you
Posted: 9:03 pm on August 17th

CarlosJD CarlosJD writes: I've always admired his work and now I admire his life.
Posted: 5:12 pm on August 17th

lfparker lfparker writes: Garrett is a true genius. I learned so much from him in two workshops at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. I very much admire his approach not only to furniture-making, but life overall. Thanks for a great slideshow.
Posted: 11:41 am on August 17th

whansen whansen writes: I am always humbled by Garrett's work and, especially, his outlook toward his craft. This slideshow is not only descriptive and inspirational, but it also gives us a delightful look into his private world. Thank you for allowing us to see this. And thanks to Mr. Hack for permitting us to visit with him.
Posted: 9:42 am on August 17th

turnertoo turnertoo writes: Garrett has found that Utopian life that we are always searching for and he is an inspiration to all of us in the wood working community, so glad to know him and he's just over the boarded from me.
Posted: 7:53 am on August 17th

Real Real writes: Jon thank you very much for this feature.
I've had the privilege to take several courses with Garret and have learned an incredible amount that apply weekly to my woodworking. But more importantly Garret is a true gentleman, generous with his knowledge and respectful of our planet. Truly enjoy your work and your philosophy on life.
Posted: 6:16 am on August 17th

hort hort writes: Jon you have out done yourself. For all of us who have admired Garrett for so many years, that was beautifully done.
Posted: 4:24 am on August 17th

ozsplinter ozsplinter writes: Garret - Greetings from Australia. I have been following you for some years on this site. You have achieved so much in your life. I wish I had encountered your approach when I was young - I know I would have been a lot more fulfilled. Have you ever visited here and given workshops?
Posted: 4:16 am on August 17th

horseman60 horseman60 writes: I very much enjoyed your sideshow, Garret. We have kindred spirits in regards to horse farming and furniture making. Glad that I was able to meet you at Lie Nielson's open house this summer. Now I'd love to visit you in Vermont.

Kenneth Copp -fellow furniture maker, horse powered wood shop, and farmer, Thorndike, Maine
Posted: 3:58 am on August 17th

Stu in Tokyo Stu in Tokyo writes: Wonderful slideshow, I very much enjoyed it, as we enjoyed having Garrett visit us and teach here in Japan.

Posted: 3:20 am on August 17th

JamesHou JamesHou writes: great job, thanks for sharing
Posted: 5:27 am on August 14th

Sparrell Sparrell writes: What a gift to be blessed with such great talent so early in life! I can only imagine what that has meant to you! Thanks for sharing it with us! Continued health and good fortune to you!
Posted: 9:09 pm on August 12th

ChrisW ChrisW writes: Worth the wait!
Posted: 2:18 pm on August 6th

chucktown chucktown writes: Isn't it Tuesday August 6th now? ;)
Posted: 6:28 am on August 6th

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