Newtown, CT, US
I am the Special Projects Editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, which means I produce a range of articles and videos. A winding path led me to the magazine in 2000. I attended a technical high school, where I learned the machinist trade and first became interested in building things. In college I studied both engineering and English, and afterward took a number of teaching jobs: math in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and then English back in the U.S. Later, I worked as an editor at two newspapers, caught the furnituremaking bug, and won my dream job: a spot at Fine Woodworking, where editors get to travel around the country to meet and learn from the best woodworkers out there. I live in Thomaston, CT, with my wife and two daughters, in a house (and workshop) I helped to design and build. For eight years I was the chief editor of FWW, before I stepped down in 2013 to get back to my first love, working directly with the talent.
This pair of stacking tansu cabinets are designed to be his and hers.
This is my attempt at a Nakashima-style table. I find most of his designs to be timeless.
My shop is heated and insulated and no cars are allowed.
This turned out to be an extremely difficult chair to build, requiring some serious jigs for the steambent parts. The legs bend in two directions, and the back slats are…
The cases are nicely figured cherry plywood, and the face frames and moldings are solid cherry. To find out how to build one like it, go to FWW 166...
Kitchen island in butternut
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