John Reed Fox bought his first set of Japanese chisels on a trip to Japan in 1980. Three decades later he still uses them daily—along with quite a few others he’s acquired—to build solid-wood furniture in his one-man shop north of Boston. His quietly powerful designs combine influences from Japanese aesthetics and from James Krenov, whose first book turned Fox toward furniture making. Where to find him when he puts down his chisels each day … “On the seat of a custom-made road bicycle.”
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