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Re: Guitar Stand

Very nice stand. From the photo it seems there's a small foot off the back - is that right? Looks like more ebony, too. Very nice.

FYI, it's "Yairi", not "Yari" - easily confused because most Americans mis-pronounce it. Kazuo Yairi started designing fine guitars for Alvarez at least back in the early 70's because I owned one in Nashville, TN in 1972 and played it on many sessions around 18th Ave. South then.

Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

To backhand;
If you're going to be so critical of the use of the English/American language by GeekyNovice, you might want to check your own wording first. Your use of "misnomer" is incorrect in this instance; you should have used "malapropism". Refer to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malapropism and http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misnomer for details.

Perhaps if we concentrate on the subject of this discussion thread instead of misspellings, trivial language issues, and ego-related items, we might learn more.

Having said that, originality has many faces; not only in the design but also in the implementation of that design. Joinery, fastening technology, assembly techniques, final surface preparation, finishing, and probably a number of other major facets of a woodworking project all contribute to the originality of the woodworking effort. Of course we should acknowledge the person(s) from whom we received inspiration for the project. However, if that idea is followed religiously, the inspirational pedigree of a piece of furniture could become rather lengthy - quickly resembling a medical or legal table of references.

Perhaps each plan could contain a small reference section at the end with the major influences listed so the reader could more properly understand the genesis of the design and the construction techniques. This would afford all with proper and due recognition as well nicely improve the reader's ability to self-educate. After all, isn't the main reason behind such articles is 1) increase popularity of the magazine, and 2) increase the reader's portfolio of knowledge? This approach addresses both with a minimum of extra effort on the author's part.

Finally, FWW, thanks for providing these forums and the finest woodworking periodical on the market. My Father (currently living with me and going to the shop every day - he's 96 and was a friend of Mr. Maloof out in CA) was a charter subscriber and we have an uninterrupted subscription to FWW. Quite a fine library!

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