Artis Brazee, Denver, CO, US

A master carpenter who slid into management, and now employs the shop to acquire splinters. I spent many years as a carpenter and eventually I had the honor of being the lead carpenter for a home of stone, glass, and wood, (no drywall) that won the top award for architecture by the AIA in 1997 and is featured in the book, Ledge House. Having worked with wood for so long I was able to easily slip into building furniture - not that there aren't many challenges. I hope to become part of the studio craftsmen movement as I gain experience with design and refine my techniques.

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Walnut bench after Nakashima

Several years ago I bought a walnut slab from a sawyer in Missouri. I looked at it for several years, off-and-on, and a couple of months ago put it in my shop. Having nothing wide enough to flatten...

Arts & Crafts Box

An Arts and Crafts box of quarter sawn white oak with spladed sides  The spladed dovetails were very challenging as saw guides weren't really practical. Square pins are ebony. Finish is fumed...

Turned boxes

Turned boxes - Paduak, cherry, and marblewood


This taboret is constructed primarily of mahogany with poplar on the under side and also making up the drawers parts. The drawer fronts are made of Leopardwood (there is a drawer on each side). The...

oak nightstands and oak and leather headboard

Pair of solid wood nightstands and headboard matching some antique dressers. Mortise and tenon, frame and panel, and dovetail construction. Oak, Adler, poplar, and leather. Adiline stain finished...

Recent comments

Re: Bold Nebraska Table

nice...I like it. Works well as a whole and is quite interesting.

Re: Tage Frid stool and writing desk

Very nice. I like this a lot. Nice chair/back connection. The desk and chair work very well together. I'm not familiar with that chair, so I don't know how you changed it, but the design is very good overall.

What was the slab/"leg" connection?

Terrific job - thanks for posting it.

Re: Sphericon II

Terrific twist on the form. (I think there was a recent article on these) I'm not sure I can picture how you hollowed it out. The stand really sets the turning off nicely with both color and shape. Really, really great...I hope you enter this around as it is award quality. Thanks for sharing it.

Re: Shaker Table, curly maple

Very, very nice. Scary from a single board, but what a board! Beautiful front. I think you did the wood justice and then some. Great finish - dye does such a terrific job on figured maple. Superb!

Re: "Pinch Point"

I think this is superbly good. The details are spot on and I've not seen something quite like it.

Re: 6 place dining suite

An absolutely impeccable design...clean, consistent, superbly proportioned - really wonderful.

Re: birds-eye maple cabinet

Very nice design...I looked at your website hoping to see more pictures; perhaps of the inside. The cabinet itself looks fairly difficult - radiused all around, hidden hinges. Nice work, great design. Love to see some more pictures.

Re: Timber Bench

I like this design and it looks like a great execution too. It appears that you carried the dovetail spline at the end down into the legs through the infill. Is that the case? Can you enlighten us a little on that choice?

How did you join the legs to the stretchers? Mortised?

Nice design, the contrast of the clean lines and the rough timber is very nice.

Re: Easel

Nicely done - the Green and Green touch is very nice! This looks great and I appreciate the technical accomplishment too. My wife is an artist and I've been toying with the same idea. It looks as if you have some kind of mechanism to raise and lower the traveling center. I'd be interested in seeing how you accomplished that. I've considered some kind of gearing with a worm gear and track as my wife moves her paintings up and down a good bit. Anyway, beautiful (and technically great) work.

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

I've been bad this year, but would promise to be better for any small shiny tool. And, nothing beats a new plane.

Re: "Shapes" Entry Table

I like this piece a lot. From the side it has great balance and form. It's interesting, sculptural, and flows nicely. A very good design. I have to say the top suffers a bit from the board match - the grain is wonderfully heavy and it just doesn't flow like the rest of the piece. The glue line is just too obvious. The base looks the same way. Hope you don't mind the crit - perhaps others think differently.

Re: Bench Cookie Giveaway

I was at Rockler yesterday and they had the cookies on the counter - wow, I was impressed. these things are not a gimmick - they work very well.

Re: Future Period Furniture Articles

I would like to see modern work. If the Gallery is any indication of what's being done "out there", then there is some substantial interest in modern work. Areas of particular interest include design, unusual construction and methods, and interpretations of period pieces. There is no question that we need to look backward to go forward - we inherited the skills of those who went before us. But, how many period highboys, chest-on-chest, and Newport style desks do we need to see?

Re: Shadows of Night

Andy sets the standard - again. It's a shame he's lost all of his straight edges though. Who knows where his aversion to anything straight will lead, but I can't wait to see. Andy, I love to see more pics as you may have outdone yourself. (I couldn't find this on your website.)

Re: A Cabinet for Sheet Music

Interesting thoughts on the design. Often, for myself, I know where I didn't get the fit I wanted or where I messed up a little, but we seldom know where a design slipped a little. This is most often true on boldly designed pieces like this music stand. It's hard to get feedback. (I did look at the inside too - thanks)

I too think the legs make up for a lot. Interesting Empire piece. Turning all of the brass is a unique skill in woodworking. I grew up in Jackson, MI so I know there are lots of machinists around. I'd be willing to bet you were a machinist before a woodworker.

Anyway, interesting work. I've been reading a bit about design and recommend Krenov's books. I'm quite sure you would appreciate them given the nature of your work. I look forward to seeing other stuff from you and I think I'll recognize it when you post.

Re: A Cabinet for Sheet Music

I like the overall proportion of this piece. The lights and the darks work well. It is "lite" on its feet and the bottom third is looks particularly good. The legs are very, very nice. The top seems a bit "heavy" and could have benefited from removal of some material on the underside. The width of the drawer seems off and doesn't compliment the door. I'm curious what your thoughts were upon finishing it. Overall, very nice - perhaps you could comment on the design a bit as the piece deserves some conversation.

Re: oak nightstands and oak and leather headboard

Thank you, I appreciate that. I worked very hard on the proportions basing much on the golden rectangle. In very strong grained woods like oak the grain is part of the design and I select grain and orientation as I work.

Re: Chest sans Sides

Very nice blog regarding the construction. You put a lot of work into it. Great piece. You put a lot of work into it too. I haven't gotten through the blog yet, but I will. Question, you set up the curved legs in order to mark them for dowels using a dowel center. You now have the location, but not the angle. I messed this up a time or two and found that if the angle of a dowel isn't exactly correct you've got a problem. Given the curve of the leg and the fact that every dowel is angled differently how did you accurately drill the holes?

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