DouceJon Doucette, Arvada, CO, US
I have been working wood starting with my dad's old tools since the early 80’s. I took wood-shop class from 7th grade on. I made and repaired snowshoes in high-school and college. I became fascinated with windsor chairs and took a couple classes at the Dunbar Institute. I especially appreciate early colonial craftsmanship and really appreciate the rich history of American furniture making. I am drawn to the Shaker form maybe because is seems timeless and accessible but deceptively simple and elegant in design. I love the fact that a well executed Shaker-style design can accentuate figured wood and let the wood speak for itself. I love the look of birdseye maple but grow tired of working with it especially because of its tendency to chip. I like to design my own furniture but I am impatient with drafting and haven’t taken the time needed to learn any computer aided drafting. I still use the T-square I had in high-school drafting class. I love sharp tools and I hate sanding. I can’t wait to put the first coat of finish on a piece and especially can’t wait for the last. I am addicted to chisels. I dream of one-day making furniture for a living but I am trapped by my comfortable income and afraid of the risk. I want my son to take my tools some day but so far I think my daughter is more interested. I appreciate the talent granted to us closet artists and craftsmen by God and I am grateful to have Fine Wood Working magazine available to share my passion.
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I turned these 15 1/4” long magic wands of Harry Potter influence for my eight-year-old daughter who is just finishing the 7th book. The top wand is made from highly figured...
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