One-on-One with Tage Frid
A talk with the old master
Synopsis: Fine Woodworking’s John Kelsey interviewed Tage Frid as he was nearing retirement from the Rhode Island School of Design. Frid explains how he keeps teaching the same techniques fresh by solving students’ new problems.. He talks about his formula for setting prices and how he avoids being snobbish and why having a big shop, with eight people working for him, gave him an ulcer. A side article provides a biography of this well-known woodworker and teacher.
I crane to see over the crowd as this short, ruddy and cylindrical man explains, in charmingly fractured English, what he is about to do. He will saw and chisel a dovetailed corner, four copies of which could make a box or drawer. The people seem to find the handcut dovetail a wondrous thing, and this man’s method is as intriguing as his results: to saw down a measly inch of wood,…