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Blog entry by dmath posted 1406 days ago 858 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 There are numerous photos that reveal previously unpublished aspects of their work.

For much more information about the book, you can visit my website at: wood-and-light.com

Thank you.

David Mathias

Cover of Poems of Wood & Light

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 1406 days ago

That is a definate.
Isee on your site Australia. I’m in the UK, would that be the same postage?
Jamier

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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dmath

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#2 posted 1406 days ago

I just checked the US Postal Service site and International First Class is about the same ($24.52). So I’ll do it for the same shipping as Australia, which is $21.00. If you know of a cheaper method to get it to the UK, I’d be happy to hear about it. Thanks.

David

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 1406 days ago

I have been enjoying your book ever since receiving it. I am stealing time out of my work schedule to read it whenever possible.

The photography & information is high quality and has a bent towards woodworkers and furniture makers.

While it is not a “woodworking” book only, the historical information on the G&G brothers give context to understand who they are, where they came from, and what makes the style we know as Greene & Greene.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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dmath

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#4 posted 1406 days ago

Thank you, Todd. I appreciate your comments. Providing context was my goal in the first couple of chapters. For those not interested in context, there are lot of pretty pictures. :)

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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Darrell Peart

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#5 posted 1406 days ago

For anyone interested in G&G furniture David’s book is a MUST have. Yes, the photography is fantastic but more than that, the images are from the perspective of a woodworker – like those views you have to lay on museum floor to see, while your wife exclaims in a loud whisper “get up you’re embarrassing me!”

I am only part way through reading the book but I am very impressed with David’s writing and insights as well!
Definitely a 5-star book and one I will be referring back to over the years.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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dmath

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#6 posted 1406 days ago

I’m very flattered, Darrell. Coming from you, one of the masters, that is quite a compliment. Thank you.

As for wifely exclamations, there’s a reason I didn’t take her on the photo shoots. (Not true actually. She did accompany me to a couple of places. I always shot when the museums were closed so there was no reason for her to be embarrassed. Except by how I was dressed but she’s used to that.)

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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ocwoodworker

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#7 posted 1406 days ago

Got mine!!! I love to read books from people who have passion and inspire it in others. Great work.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 1406 days ago

Darrel’s comment struck a chord with me that brings back memories.

You would think I was looking up a mannequin’s dress the way both my wife and mother have reacted when accompanying me to a museum exhibit.

It is not a breach of etiquette to look at the underside of a piece of furniture but it can become a breach of security if you get too close and set off the zone alarm.

Many of the photos David provides are the “insider” look that a woodworker seeks without setting off alarms.

I am wondering why museums don’t have a few pieces on display upside-down and with the drawers removed for closer inspection anyway?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1405 days ago

They didn’t know you were coming Todd :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 1390 days ago

What a wonderful book.
I would say it is a great read for anyone into wood and if Your a Greene & Greene fan it will get you sketching like mad and into the shop.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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dmath

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#11 posted 1390 days ago

Jamie,

Thank you very much. I’m glad that you enjoyed the book and appreciate your comment.

David

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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