“All truths are easily understood once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei ...Italian philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician…(1564-1642) The Santa Maria Fiore in Florence, Italy is an impressive sight. It is unlike anything that I have seen before because of its sheer size, its wonderful architecture, and its amazing detail. I first saw the Duomo (Cathedral Church) on a late afternoon in early April. The sky was pure blue and the l...
After about half of the tour it hit me at how much different the architecture was in Switzerland than here in the good old USA. When I sat back and really thought about it Switzerland is around 500 years older than us and they shouldn’t be like us.
I am pleased to announce the availability of my new book about the work of Charles and Henry Greene. Greene & Greene Furniture: Poems of Wood & Light provides a fresh perspective on the houses and furniture of the well-known California architects. While not explicitly a woodworking book, Poems of Wood & Light presents their work through the eye of a woodworker with an emphasis on influences and details that help define their style. There are numerous photos that reveal previous...
This past weekend, I was giving my nephew a tour of the old boathouse at my parents’ cottage. It occurred to me that it was interesting to see the very rustic construction techniques used, so I began snapping pictures, thinking I’d discuss them here a little bit. In the process, I stumbled across a few things I hadn’t seen in years and a few that I never noticed before. Here are a couple of pictures of the inside construction, didn’t think to show the outside, w...
A couple of years ago, the family took a roadtrip out to the east coast. I stumbled across these pictures and thought I’d share them, just for the curiosity they present. While visiting a heritage site called Ministers Island in New Brunswick, we explored the buildings on this site (the summer cottage of Sir William Van Horne, engineer behind building the railroad across Canada). The buildings on the site were built around 1892, though the original settlement on the island was ab...
This is a video produced by my multi-talented Etsian colleague Eric Beug. In addition to producing, shooting and editing the video he also composed the score. Check it out!Process is a new Etsy video series that features the intimate relationship formed between Etsy sellers and the handmade items that they create and make available to the world through their online shops. Process is not to be confused with a How-To video, as each video is intended to show each seller’s unique artistic v...
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