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A Case for Apprenticeship

comments (3) October 29th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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This tool chest by Trevor Hadden carries a legacy of craftsmanship.  Hadden’s tutor was California furniture maker Michael Cullen, who based the program on his own training under Englishman David Powell, who himself had trained in the workshop of the legendary English Arts and Crafts furniture maker Edward Barnsley.

You can see more on the Back Cover of the current issue of Fine Woodworking, issue # 216 and read more in How They Did It

Design or Plan used: Trevor Hadden

posted in: Reader's Gallery, cabinet, tool chest

Comments (3)

batrsb batrsb writes: The work I have seen here is so beautiful... it inspires me to progress further in my studies of the arts of woodworking so that I may leave a piece of me in the work... to give my grandchildren. Thank you to all of the artists.
Posted: 12:18 pm on October 19th

WBGoodwin WBGoodwin writes: Trevor,

This piece is incredible. You have created the ultimate functional aesthetic. It is a fine ode to your teachers, going all the way back to Barnsley.

Bill G
Posted: 6:50 pm on November 9th

Renaisance Renaisance writes: The chest is beautiful. I am also designing a large tool chest that from the exterior will look like an 18th century Armoire. I am contemplating and at the same time dreading the work involved to build it. I took a number of courses with Rob Cosman and other teachers to carve and also work only with hand tools to understand the complexities and the craftsmanship required in the 18th century. I then returned to school full time at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario and graduated their cabinet making program. My view at building furniture sometime offends purists. To me the final product is the essence and how one gets there does not matter as long as one achieves his purpose. Why use planes to flatten a board when a jointer and thickness planer will do in five minutes what takes a day with hand tools?
Posted: 12:10 pm on November 9th

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