Joe Blade

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.

Gender: Male

Birthday: 03/27/1936

Recent comments

Re: Series of Boxes

Nicely done, Neobassman. Did you glue up the boxes with the tops and bottoms in place before sawing them apart? What are the sizes of your boxes? For me the most difficult step in making boxes is mortising tiny hinges into 1/2" stock. Joe

Re: Boxes

Great job! Joinery is especially nice. I've been turning out a few boxes also because my market for rocking chairs seems to have slowed to a crawl. In addition to the box joint, I like a splined miter joint. I was surprised to find small brass hinges at Lowes, rather inexpensive. Joe

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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