Rustic Ramblings

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 11-18-2006 09:55 PM 936 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wasting time in a local bookstore a few years back and came across a book called “Rustic Artistry For The Home” by Ralph Kylloe. I picked it up and Wow! That was the quality and artistry I wanted to achieve. Today I’m getting closer but it has taken me away from traditional cabinetry. I’ve had people tell me rustic is easy because you don’t have to worry about straight and square…don’t listen to sales people! Rustic furniture offers all the challenge I can stand. It all comes down to quality. I’ve seen alot of rustic furniture thats just plain uncomfortable, especially most log furniture. In any furniture stlye good craftsmanship and design make beautiful work. Try fitting a clean mortis and tenon joint with a curved board and a knotty log while keeping everything parallel and at the proper angle. In this modern world so much is first impressions! Modern design with its plastic and metal you take in with one glance, you love it or hate it. When i live with something like furniture I want it to be more intimate. Let me discover something about it after a year. Let me enjoy the patterns and different colors. It is not just rustic furniture but all quality handmade furniture I want to see this in. Let me enjoy it more after five years then when I first built it! This is hard in a throw away culture.
A large part of being a professional is I can and do work in different stlyes. I learn from them all. They all have value and beauty. With my love of nature and love of woodworking I find “rustic furniture” a perfect fit!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 11-18-2006 10:32 PM

“Right on” !!!! I’m on your side.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 11-19-2006 01:28 AM

Dennis: I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Kylloe speak at the Western Design Conference, and he is fun to listen to. One interesting thing he said was that he gets more than 400 woodworkers a year contacting him with portfolios to see if he will buy their pieces for his galleries. What that tells me is that Rustic is Hot! Daniel Mack was the first guy I ever read about that did that type of work, and after reading the first article I saw on him I tried making a cedar post dining chair using an exacto knife to whittle the round tenons. That was a lot of work, and since then I have appreciated the effort it takes to make what otherwise appears to be easy. I just built a little three legged stool out of walnut and hickory, and again I had to cut round tenons, so I used my Legacy Mill, which I didn’t have 10 years ago on my first attempt. I appreciated your note, and look forward to your next entry. Rustic is Hot!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 11-20-2006 02:32 PM

I agree with Mark
Rustic IS hot.
I get a lot of responses for my rustic arbors.
I also have read Making Rustic Furniture by Daniel Mack. GREAT BOOK

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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