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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias

comments (51) December 12th, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias
Popular Woodworking Books, 2010.
$35.00; 175 pp.

Greene and Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light by David Mathias is not a “history” about the Greene brothers, although there is a chapter that provides a brief history. The real gist of the book is that it is a photo tour of the designs of the brothers and focuses on the details. The book is loaded with broad photos of rooms as well as close-up photos of the finer details. Mathias also makes a point to explain the importance of the Hall brothers (the contractors who implemented the Greene and Greene designs) to the success of the Greene brothers. If you like the Arts & Crafts movement and especially the work of Greene and Greene, then you’re bound to really enjoy this book.

Lucky mtrwhlbyr is the winner. His comment was chosen at random. But don't despair if you didn't win. Mr. Mathias is offering visitors a discount on autographed copies of the book. For a $4.50 discount (equal to shipping) go to and use the coupon code: fwcontest. Discount is valid from 12/21/10 through 12/27/10.

Happy Holidays.

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Comments (51)

JerryNoll JerryNoll writes: I have just started my woodworking adventure. My first project was a Greene & Greene inspired set of mirrors. My next project will be a Greene & Greene inspired living room table. I am working myway up to dressers and chests for my guest bedrooms.

I would like to use this book for inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
Posted: 5:47 pm on December 17th

jojojellybean jojojellybean writes: Thanks for the chance to win this book.
Posted: 11:16 pm on December 16th

buffal1130 buffal1130 writes: new to furniture making, would to add the book to my collection of learning aids.
Posted: 5:28 pm on December 16th

Dean7 Dean7 writes: I would mean a great deal to me to win this book. Thanks!
Posted: 11:15 am on December 15th

doughartref doughartref writes: Just talked to my daughter, she is getting a Green &Greent blanket chest for Christmas. My buddy George & I have decided to do it,come rain or shine ( heated shop) we are both intrigued with their designs. between us we are building a great library. would have a great home for that book.
Most sincerely Doug Hart
Posted: 12:55 am on December 15th

woodrome woodrome writes: I am a Greene and Greene fan. Maybe an addict. I just finished my own version of a G&G dresser for my wife. Would love to have this book for Christmas. More G&G pieces to build!

Steve Rome
Posted: 12:15 am on December 15th

DaleB DaleB writes: Just discovered Greene and Greene....I'd love to learn more.
Posted: 10:44 pm on December 14th

ljaques ljaques writes: Looks like a great book. I've been a fan of Arts and Crafts (godawful name for a great look) furniture style since I first laid eyes on it decades ago. The brothers Greene and Stickley's Ellis are my favorite designers. I look forward to winning this book. It's one I haven't read and looks like a goodie!
Posted: 9:46 pm on December 14th

GimpyBrad GimpyBrad writes: Beautiful furniture designs that are classics and timeless. This will be a great read!
Posted: 7:26 pm on December 14th

tomdsims6 tomdsims6 writes: Many Woodworking firms brought The Arts & Crafts Movement to our eyes but none as elegant of the form of The Greene Brothers. Their Dancing Clouds lifted and soften the masculine lines of the Craftsman style, yet kept the beauty of the construction alive. The Finest Woodworkers of the Arts and Crafts Era.
Posted: 7:26 pm on December 14th

shopfan shopfan writes: As a recent convert to woodworking and furniture building, I almost immediately gravitated to Green & Green and other Arts and Crafts era designs and techniques, but the library is very limited on this kind of material. This book would make a great impact on my work and skill building. Thanks for the opportunity.

Posted: 6:07 pm on December 14th

jgjersey jgjersey writes: I certainly would love to own this beautiful volume. In fact, I would have loved to be involved its creation. Thanks for keeping the G&G spirit alive.
Posted: 5:28 pm on December 14th

drllucas drllucas writes: Would love to browse the book.
Posted: 4:56 pm on December 14th

C_Russell C_Russell writes: I would love to get the chance to read this book. Greene and Greene design is facinating.
Posted: 4:01 pm on December 14th

jcsssssssssssssss jcsssssssssssssss writes: I discovered some years ago that my grandparents (and my mother) lived in the G&G house next door to the Gamble house. My grandmother loved those houses (she used to visit the 2 aunts who lived in the Gamble house) and my love of G&G may therefore be hereditary! (though it skipped a generation - my mother hated that 'old stuff')
Posted: 3:38 pm on December 14th

jcsssssssssssssss jcsssssssssssssss writes: I discovered some years ago that my grandparents (and my mother) lived in the G&G house next door to the Gamble house. My grandmother loved those houses (she used to visit the 2 aunts who lived in the Gamble house) and my love of G&G may therefore be hereditary! (though it skipped a generation - my mother hated that 'old stuff')
Posted: 3:37 pm on December 14th

mtrwhlbyr mtrwhlbyr writes: Would certainly love to get this book and then build. Thanks for the opertunity.
Posted: 1:14 pm on December 14th

dave100 dave100 writes: This looks like a great book
Posted: 12:15 pm on December 14th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: I have much to learn and I'm sure this book would help.
Posted: 5:26 pm on December 13th

ckm ckm writes: goats smatter hoarsely
bloated chimes listen bleakly
naive barman grieves
Posted: 3:21 pm on December 13th

chucktown chucktown writes: This looks very cool, count me in!
Posted: 2:44 pm on December 13th

Larrythewoodguy Larrythewoodguy writes: Oh please let it be me. Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 2:41 pm on December 13th

kevmc_Samm kevmc_Samm writes: Looks like a nice book to have.
Posted: 1:29 pm on December 13th

Rinias Rinias writes: Always loved G & G !
Posted: 12:29 pm on December 13th

drollarry drollarry writes: I love to do Mortise and Tenon work on a large scale home building...want to focus on smaller projects and this book looks like it has some inspiring ideas.
Posted: 11:29 am on December 13th

GT64 GT64 writes: Having started down the path of replacing all of the wood furniture in my home will Arts&Crafts/G&G/Asian/Stickly style furniture I have designed and made, I would love to add this book to my collection.
Posted: 10:45 am on December 13th

flynnd flynnd writes: Please add my name to the list. This sounds like a great book to see G&G furniture in detail.
Posted: 10:41 am on December 13th

DLWoodworker DLWoodworker writes: I have always enjoyed the Greene and Greene style. I would like to add this book to my collection. Please enter me in the drawing.
Posted: 9:52 am on December 13th

LizPf LizPf writes: I would love to get this book ... I'm doing the trim in my house in an updated Craftsman style, and love the furniture as well.

This past summer I was lucky enough to visit the Huntington Library, and sketched out some G&G details. But having the book and its photos would help even more.
Posted: 7:53 am on December 13th

keleigh keleigh writes: As a relative “newbie” after being away from wood for over 35 years – this book would be a great inspirational tool and one I’m looking forward to reading. Such style!
Posted: 7:44 am on December 13th

dboetb dboetb writes: I've heard its very good
Posted: 6:47 am on December 13th

Moshe Eshel Moshe Eshel writes: I'd love a copy, please, please FWW Santa!
Posted: 4:30 am on December 13th

AulaFlamingo AulaFlamingo writes: These clean and clear performances just give straight inspiration to masters and artisans
Exquisite !
Posted: 4:14 am on December 13th

MarcelsGang MarcelsGang writes: Hey, count me in!
Posted: 3:16 am on December 13th

Lori K Lori K writes: I am a huge fan of Greene and Greene. This would be a great addition to my small collection. Thank you
Posted: 11:12 pm on December 12th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: I always thought of Greene and Greene as my next natural progression in skill building. I've built lots of shaker and arts n crafts stuff. I think some cloud lifts and ebony plugs are in my future and this book would help me along the way!
Posted: 8:36 pm on December 12th

jeffmerrill jeffmerrill writes: Very nice book, I want one. Pick me , pick me...
Posted: 8:36 pm on December 12th

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: Wow, Now this is a generous giveaway, and it's autographed...
I really hope to be chosen to win. Thank You for the chance.
Posted: 8:26 pm on December 12th

hroncich hroncich writes: I'd love to get this book. I love building Greene and Greene style furniture.
Posted: 7:30 pm on December 12th

moparman8 moparman8 writes: Greene & Greene is a life-long journey...and a great trip it is!
Posted: 6:18 pm on December 12th

buzmizer buzmizer writes: Oh my gosh, I fell in love with Greene and Greene from articles in Fine Woodworking, can't remember which of two issues. Anyway, I built a G&G style kitchen table and now I'm ATTEMPTING to negotiate my way through chairs with through mortise and tennons to match. I would absolutely love to get this book.
Posted: 3:39 pm on December 12th

dpaulstone dpaulstone writes: Count me in. I love G&G design. Would build my whole house in that style if I could afford it!
Posted: 3:14 pm on December 12th

Jollyroger Jollyroger writes: Hey, count me in. I love this stuff.
Posted: 3:13 pm on December 12th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: The Green and Green is my choice in styles. It would be a great book to have.
Posted: 3:10 pm on December 12th

Greg Jones Greg Jones writes: Looks like a very interesting book-please enter me in the drawing!
Posted: 3:03 pm on December 12th

dmath dmath writes: Obviously, I'm not commenting to enter the giveaway... Just want to let those interested know that there's a lot more information about the book on my website. Just follow the link that Betsy included. Good luck to everyone.

David Mathias

Posted: 12:58 pm on December 12th

Arminius Arminius writes: Had not seen that one before, and I am starting to think about a sunroom dining table in the style - even the front cover has me interested.
Posted: 12:49 pm on December 12th

gclarke.indy gclarke.indy writes: Looks like a beautiful publication. Would love this as I'm also trying to build a few projects in the Greene and Greene style.
Posted: 12:48 pm on December 12th

DerrickBurke DerrickBurke writes: I've just started teaching myself some basic Greene and Greene design/fab techniques, but don't have this book. It would really come in handy. Thanks for the chance!
Posted: 12:09 pm on December 12th

tedb tedb writes: I've been a good boy all year long, Santa! Yes please.
Posted: 10:54 am on December 12th

benito benito writes: I hope the choice is truly random. Being first just seems statistically unpleasant.
Posted: 10:40 am on December 12th

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