Harrisville, NH, US
I dove into this three-ring circus head-long 26 years ago, didn't even have the fundamentals worked out! The pressure to earn a living can create conflict for a craftsman - making a craftsman's decision vs. a business decision. Slogging through projects you're not personally thrilled about, but it's what the customer wants. Slowing down and being methodical when you're stressed. Early on every piece was custom, one-off. As I built pieces that I found appealing, and thought would have broad appeal and usefulness, I developed a catalog of standards. This is a model that has worked for me - customers can pick an item they like, or be inspired to have a custom piece created. Net-working with other craftsmen, artists and small businesses has been key. Some years ago, I made a trade with a graphic designer and a photographer. I built them furniture, they designed our entire marketing look including photography. Before that, my wife & I created our own desktop-printed marketing materials & website. I don't know what I would do without a supportive partner to help run things. Phillip - your website is fantastic, hats-off to you!
I really like box #45. The design, colors & wood choices all work well together, and all is well thought out. It took me a minute to appreciate the contrast of the door - my eye was drawn to that immediately, causing me to dis-regard the rest of the piece. But I get it, and it does tie in and add interest. I like the fact that the middle riser-block on the footing aligns with the center vertical divider above. The upper drawers being deeper than the lower drawers even works on this! Nice use of asymmetry!
Keep it goin'!
The ultimate test of a technique is the test of time. I have doors salvaged from my grandfather's shop that are through-pegged. It appears that the glue has largely failed (there are gaps between stile/rail), but they hold together very well. These doors are on cabinets in my shop, I use them everyday.
When through-pegging, I use the hollow-chisel mortiser, set the fence and draw stop-marks on the table (wood accessory table added to base on machine), avoiding the need to mark ea. piece. I mortise the square peg-hole in the stiles, 1/2 way through, then cut the mortise. I turn the chisel 45 deg. to create diamond effect. I then assemble doors, drill through, shave the tip of walnut square peg round with knife, dab of glue, drive peg through, cut off excess with flush-cut saw, chisel flush.
Quite an education, thank you! I really didn't know just how broad the Arts & Crafts movement really was. Styles like Arts & Crafts and Shaker get filtered-down to the most iconic pieces and elements, but when you look back you find that each style, historically, had far more breadth.
Love stop-motion animation! This was very cool. I'm sure this must be a tedious process. Thank you for making and sharing this!
From the comments here I get the impression that there are two extremes: you are either an Ecuadorian w/missing digits or a happy, healthy well-protected American. There seems to be precious little middle ground. Two seemingly opposing ideas can exist, and be true at the same time in this world. That some areas of the world are woefully far behind in safety, while in others you have safety inspectors insisting that a deaf worker put on ear protection (true story, although allegorical). I think it has as much, if not more, to do with prosperity and cultural capital as proper application of government policy. If the the government of Ecuador were to pass stringent safety regulations-how likely would it be to effect this guy or others like him?
Anybody got a used band saw we can ship down there?!
Possibly the single most inspiring article I've read in over 20yrs of Fine Woodworking. More 'unsung heroes' please!
The explanation is not terribly convincing, but experience and history trumps all! If it works, it works. I'll have to try this for myself, and keep the piece for at least a year! BTW - Chris's table design is graceful.
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