Joe Blade

Joe Godfrey, Forest City, NC, US

My dad made lots of furniture so I grew up in a workshop. My time for woodwork was limited during my years as family physician. Upon retirement I began to focus my attention on chairs. I spent a week with Hal Taylor and began to his Maloof style rocker. Since 2001 I have made 89 rockers selling most of them in a gallery in Asheville, NC. I have also made a couple of sets of dining chairs. I find the joinery and odd angles of chairs a challenge and satisfying.

Birthday: 03/27/1936

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn

Being creative seems to supply some inborn need that everyone has. During periods when I'm not being creative I feel empty and unfulfilled.

Re: Sculpted Walnut Settee

Excellent work, Paul. I believe Sam would be proud. I also share your admiration for a great mentor, Hal Taylor. Joe

Re: Cradle Rocker

Great idea! Once the baby grows out of the cradle the rocker reverts back to a conventional piece. I'd be interested to know how you make the temporary connection of the cradle to the rocker. Beautiful work. Joe

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I'm learning hand plane use but I've still got a long way to go. Joe

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