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Marquetry Serving Tray #5: More construction on the tray frame

06-06-2014 04:17 PM by jmartel | 2 comments »

2 night ago, I was able to re-cut some of the letters in an effort to not have any broken pieces. The S and W continued to split on me, but I was able to get a nice M, A, and B so I will count it as a success. Last night was fairly productive. I was able to use my router with a 1/4” bit to cut a dado in the 4 sides of the frame to accept the plywood bottom. The 2 shorter sides had to be stopped dadoes so that they would be hidden when the frame is assembled. Once I cut the dad...

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The Thorsen House - A Greene & Greene Ultimate Bungalow

05-21-2013 02:52 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

The Thorsen House is one of the Greene & Greene ultimate bungalows located in Berkeley, California, one of the only ultimate bungalows in the northern part of the state. Built in 1909 by Hall and Ott and designed by Charles and Henry Greene, the house contains all of the detail one comes to expect from a Greene & Greeene masterwork. The house is currently owned by the Sigma Phi Society of California and is a California historic landmark. While the house looks great in video, it ...

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145 - Greene & Greene Coffee Table Pictorial

04-18-2011 05:24 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 12 comments »

Download Low ResolutionDownload High ResolutionSubscription Options Every year, I like to take some time off for my own woodworking eduction. I truly believe that a craftsman never stops learning. Even when you think you know all there is about a technique or topic, there is always something to be gained from another perspective. A 5-day class at the William Ng School fits the bill quite nicely for an educational adventure. The William Ng School is located in Anaheim, Ca and features cla...

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Rush Seated Bench #5: Finished Stool

03-10-2011 03:02 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 0 comments »

Here you have the finished project. Like everything most of us do, we look back at it and know there are skills we’ve learned and new things we’ve accomplished. Over-all I’m very pleased with this stool. It’s purpose is to provide a place in the entry to put on or take off your shoes. We have an antique buffet that is made of mahogany as well and this piece harmonizes quite well with it. I like the combination of the polished wood with the textural quality of ...

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Rush Seated Bench #2: My First Cloud Lift

02-25-2011 07:08 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 1 comment »

If you’re familiar with Arts & Craft style, especially Greene & Greene’s take on it you’ve no doubt heard of the “cloud lift” detail that was a common element of the style. It adds a certain Asian influence to the piece. For the rush seated bench I’m making I decided to incorporate it into the stretcher. Here’s my piece:As it is now this stretcher is way over size, the plan is to insert it into a through mortise on the leg stretchers. It w...

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Rush Seated Bench #1: Greene & Greene Detail on Legs

02-22-2011 12:24 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 5 comments »

Here is a shot of the finished detail on the legs, ready for final planing and refinement. I’ll do that after the mortises are cut for the stretchers. I changed things up a bit and decided to taper the inside of the legs at the front and back but left the sides square. Well, go to something different and it complicates things a little. I made the jig somewhat like shown in Darrell Pearts book. For the straight side of the legs it was pretty simple. Rather than mess with ...

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Ebony Pegs the Hard Way!

02-21-2011 03:18 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 4 comments »

Many years ago a dowel plate or dowel sizer was a pretty common thing to find in a furniture or cabinet shop. Even then, the diameter of the dowel would change with humidity and they weren’t always the correct size so the dowel plate corrected that. If you want to have dowels of a non commercially available species like Ebony, you could make your own. Well, things have changed and the dowel plate is a hard to find item. Lie-Nielsen has a beautiful one in their catalog but it has ...

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New Greene & Greene Book

09-21-2010 11:56 AM by dmath | 11 comments »

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...

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Hall Table and Frame Classes at the William Ng School

01-27-2010 09:07 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

I recently returned from seven awesome (and tiring) days of teaching at the William Ng School of Fine Woodworking. The first five days were dedicated to the Modern Hall Table, and the weekend class was focused on the frame. And believe it or not, the frame was the more challenging project to complete in the given time-frame. But I am glad to say that everyone was able to go home with some semblance of a finished project. I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took durin...

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Interview with Darrell Peart

04-14-2009 05:10 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 11 comments »

This interview took place in March of 2009 at the William Ng School. I took Darrell’s Aurora End Table class and he was kind enough to sit and chat with me about all kinds of things: influences, design theories, copying other works, and Greene & Greene. Darrell also gives a few tips to help bring out that inner designer inside of all of us (if it isn’t coming out naturally). What a fun week that was!

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