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Re: Cabinetry Contest Winners Announced

All the entries are deserving of my appreciation for the effort, hours and anguish that are required to create a piece that the builder can be proud of. Keeping in mind that the contest was titled "Creative Cabinet," I have to vote for the whiskey cabinet. It has several elements that required the designer/builder to exhibit his talents and skill at both executing the process of constructing and blending the different pieces into an attractive and functional cabinet.
This is not a piece I would place in my home. I simply am attracted to the look of the contrasting shapes and colors and I am drawn to the way the pieces are used together. It was the most "Creative" of the entries and I raise my glass to the builder!

Re: Esherick Museum is a woodworking mecca

When we have the opportunity to visit the environment of a skilled, prolific and creative woodworker, we can feel a little of what it was like for that talented person to live each day in their little piece of heaven. I find that most of the people who are able to enjoy a work/play environment such as Esherick or Maloof have sought out a remotely tranquil and beautiful location where disturbances and distractions are minimal. Understandably, we would like to spend as much time as we could in such place if only we were willing to struggle for years to put food on the table, just as those hard working unknown artisans did back when they were starting their professions. We have a way of overlooking all the hard days and seeing only the results of their toil and endurance. And I do appreciate the beauty and the ideas that these masters left behind. To see all that went into those creations, one can only try to envision; Ah-h-h, but that is a large part of the experience and the satisfaction.
Thanks for the great pictures, Lucy, and thanks for sharing your visit with us, Asa.

Re: UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

We all strive to be as good as we can be at our chosen craft. There are a scattered few in each profession who are passionate enough about their chosen field that they strive to be the best they can be. Do we try to emulate them? Are we willing to sacrifice parts of our lives to live like them? Perhaps we are fortunate enough to take classes from them or watch their YouTube videos. These are the unsung masters and I have been fortunate to have known a few in my life who work with the same materials as I enjoy; wood, metal and glass.
I am always interested in learning more from skilled craftsmen and women since I will certainly never know it all. Oftentimes, understanding how a master craft-person perceives a task or a project makes a huge difference in my own approach to challenges.
One thing about this book is true for any reader. We could not find the time or the initiative to seek out these talented craftspeople and most of us don't have the talent to interview them either. We don't have to do any of that; Walt Harrington has done all the work for us. All we have to do is read, learn and appreciate that which he is passionate about.
Of course, two of us will be obliged to write reviews; a small price to pay compared to the author's work. Looking forward to a good read...
Gyro Gearloose

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking's Tables and Chairs

I don't worry about winning the book. I've read the book description in the Tauton bookstore and it would appear that this is a collection of articles from past issues of Fine Woodworking. Additionally, one can browse the Fine Woodworking archives or go to the videos and even download the plans for a project if one fancies a try at building one of these pieces. I saved all my old issues starting 20 years back and I scan the old copies when I am looking for a new project. Rereading the old mags is a keen way to freshen up tricks and tips, as well.

Re: A Lazy Suzan for Zeus Himself

Over-sized furniture always tugs on my sense of reality and makes me feel small and weak. It also reminds me of when I visit a pre-school and see all those small chairs and tables. Then I feel like a monster.
I'm trying to imagine working on a piece that large. Does Mohammad go to the mountain or does the mountain go to him?
I'm guessing you had to use a forklift and a couple piano movers to transport that table.
After this, all the furniture you build will seem so-o-o small...
The fact that it works as well as you planned and looks great is a huge accomplishment.

Re: Make a sled that handles both square and miter cuts

I like the way you think outside the sled. I have been looking at my sled and wanting to figure out how to cut 45s without major changes to my accurate 90 degree sled. Thanks for the inspiration.
Aluminum Sled Runners;
I bought a 12' length of aluminum bar stock 5/16" X 3/4" for about $12 at my area steel supplier. I have used it for my different sleds; adjustable box-joints, dado, shim maker, 90 crosscut.

Re: Maloof Exhibit Mounted in California

Next weekend my wife and I will be joining another couple and driving over 100 miles just to visit the Sam Maloof exhibition at the Huntington Museum. We have been planning this since early December and the women are looking forward to this exploration as much as the men. Something about the fluid curves and the subtle beauty of his pieces appeals to both genders. A few years ago in San Diego's Balboa Park, my wife and I were browsing and admiring the architecture of the beautiful buildings. We turned a corner and discovered an exhibit of Maloof furniture that was on loan from various local owners. There was a music stand, a love seat, dining tables, and of course, rocking chairs. We spent a couple memorable hours in that small exhibit and I felt like we had just won the lottery, and we didn't have a camera! Next week, we will at the door of the museum when it opens and I just bought an extra battery for my new camera.

Re: Could This Tool Change Everything?

I'm writing an urgent letter to Kona Industries to caution them about their exposure to liability with the public release of this "tool." No doubt the idiot/woodbutcher who injured himself with the Ryobi bench saw will find a way to injure himself with this new "tool" and with his attorney on his speed dial, Kona Industries is in trouble.

Re: Has The Economy Tempered Your Tool Addiction?

I have a Delta Unisaw that is so old, the serial numbers are Roman Numerals. Still, it is a workhorse and it is dialed in and does a great job for me. I bartered for the saw about twenty years ago by building a set of stairs and the balustrade with Goncalo Alves. I would love to be able to buy new tools, especially since some immoral bottom-feeder broke into my home shop and stole about $4000 worth of my tools. As it is, I'm searching pawn shops and Craigslist to find my own tools or replacements as needed.

Re: Schroeder's Piano

Looks great and you should be real proud. It would look nice with a scaled candelabra or a small vase of miniature roses.

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