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Blog series by Bob Simmons updated 1072 days ago 6 parts 18958 reads 40 comments total

Part 1: Decorative Door Knockers of Florence, Italy

1194 days ago by Bob Simmons | 3 comments »

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”Michelangelo…Italian sculptor, painter, architect, & poet. (1475-1564) Enjoy the decorative door knockers from Florence, Italy. Many front doors have knobs, hinges, and knockers of unique design of cast iron and solid brass. It is here that we will feature some wonderful door knockers and one very special solid brass door knob. Florence, Italy is considered the birthplace to the Italian Renaissan...

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Part 2: How Venice Italy was Built on a Foundation of Wood

1187 days ago by Bob Simmons | 7 comments »

Upon visiting Venice Italy with all its canals the woodworker in me became very curious as to how the building foundations were created. I also became inquisitive about the construction techniques of this old city along the Adriatic Sea. The city of Venice is made up of 117 islands that are linked together by water canals, numerous small bridges, as well as 3 large bridges of the Grand Canal. Venice is loaded with buildings of beautiful architecture that date back to the middle of the first m...

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Part 3: Santa Maria del Fiore...Duomo Cathedral of Florence, Italy

1148 days ago by Bob Simmons | 14 comments »

“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...

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Part 4: Decorative Inlay Patterns for Custom Hardwood Inlays

1136 days ago by Bob Simmons | 5 comments »

“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all come.”Michelangelo…Italian Sculptor, painter, architect, engineer, and poet (1475-1564) If you have been following this woodworking blog for anytime you know that there is quite a bit of attention devoted to creating wood inlay in the workshop. As woodworkers who love our work, we are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and fresh ins...

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Part 5: Custom Inlay Designs for Arts and Crafts Woodworking

1130 days ago by Bob Simmons | 5 comments »

“Some old things are lovely, warm still with life … of the forgotten men who made them.”D.H. Lawrence…(1885-1930) English novelist, poet, essayist. Custom Inlay DesignsCustom inlay designs are found throughout the facade of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (Duomo) in Florence, Italy. As a woodworker who enjoys creating various forms of wood inlay, I felt the urgency to capture the custom inlay designs that this spectacular church offers. The photograph clearly reveals a well thoug...

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Part 6: Woodworking Ideas & Patterns from Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo

1072 days ago by Bob Simmons | 6 comments »

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.” Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)...Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet, cleric. Woodworking ideas and woodworking patterns gleaned from Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo can be appreciated by students of the woodworking craft. These unique and refined woodworking ideas & woodworking patterns can be learned from the Italian master craftsmen who worked in marble ...

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