A Graceful Hall Table
Barnsley style combines Arts and Crafts simplicity with Federal elegance
Synopsis: This Edward Barnsley-inspired table incorporates many of that designer’s trademark elements. In the course of building the table, Kevin Kauffunger demonstrates how to create these elements: the gun-stock joint, a type of haunched miter, combined with floating tenons; the pencil-roll detail, shaped on the router table; and the chamfered, mitered rails. Finally, he adds a finishing touch: holly stringing.
I was introduced to the work of Edward Barnsley while studying furniture making at the College of the Redwoods. Among the more dog-eared books in the school’s library was an out-of-print catalog from a retrospective exhibit of his work that took place in the early 1980s. I was immediately inspired.
Barnsley was a direct descendant of the English Arts and Crafts movement (his architect father and uncle were major proponents). His early pieces were typical of the style: solid wood, thick, with exposed joinery that communicated a visual…