Nine Amateurs Build Newport Secretaries
A master of period furniture teaches a diverse group the ins and outs of one of America's finest cabinets
A diverse group of woodworkers with varying experience each tackles a masterpiece: a Goddard-Townsend Newport secretary. Allen Breed narrates how he went about teaching them how to build this massive piece, from the spirited tool conversations to persuading techies to trust their eyes; from staying overnight with each woodworker’s family once a month through the life of the project, to the class growing into a club. He shares how he got them through periods when enthusiasm waned and project details bogged down. This heartwarming article offers a fly-on-the-wall view of amateurs building confidence through a challenging project.
From Fine Woodworking #144