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09-18-2010 11:29 PM

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In a hope to increase my working knowledge of furniture design and manufacture… I have just ordered Darrell Peart’s new book..Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop

Many of you will know or know of Darrell but for those who don’t you can visit his site here..
I have been a big fan of both the G & G movement and Darrell himself as I am sure are most of you…

I intend to try a more traditional approach and learn how to use hand tools more in my work… From what I have been reading, many woodworkers are finding more satisfaction in hand work… I know that I am probably preaching to the converted but I am predominantly an electron killer…

This is not to say that I will not use power tools and machines for my production work

but when I need to enter a more ZEN state… then out will come the hand tools…

I expect the book to arrive in the next few weeks from the US and then I will let you know what I think of it… from the reviews I have read, I am in for a pleasant few days reading…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 11:43 PM

hey larry…i think its a great idea and if my arms and hands were in good shape i would love to get into hand tools..but at this stage of the game it aint gonna happen…so i will have to stay a neutron killer…lol…i know darrell some and have always enjoyed his work…he told me some time ago he was in a deal with lee valley for some hand tools he designed…i haven’t heard yet if they have come out yet…but i think they were for doing mortise work…if you correspond with him …ask him of them…id like to see then and maybe order them for the occasional times i feel like i can do some hand work…well good reading my friend..i checked out the book web site with all the free books…a wonderful resource..have a great weekend ya bloak…that was in my worked on accent too…lol…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 11:46 PM

Thanks BLOKE… rhymes with BROKE…as in fix it or I aint got no dollars…Crikey…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 07:22 AM

I think I need few more year to master that electron.
Until then, my hande tool are going to stay in hybernation. The only hande tool that are not vegatating are the chisels, a couple of hande planes and the hammer.

Please do post some thoughts on the book.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 12:32 PM

I’m looking forward to the Lazy Larry reclining chair !

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 12:45 PM

Martyn… I am in need of a new inspirational chair… do you think I should take a leaf out of Darrells book and design one ala Lazy Larry…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 08:24 PM


Thanks so much for sharing this. I checked out Darrell’s web site and his work is extraordinary. What I also found out is that he has a great sense of humor. I don’t know if you spent a lot of time on his web site but the last link on the left column is called two chickens and it’s a riot. It is Darrell’s response to a spam message and I would love to be a fly on the wall when the idiot that sent the spam reads it. Check it out for a great laugh.


-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#7 posted 09-20-2010 12:25 AM

degoose, You will love the book! for hand tools, there is an important ingredient that must be added to acheive the zen, “time”...

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 09-20-2010 01:05 AM

Hi, degoose – I just finished my first G&G piece (see my projects) using Darrell’s book. Very helpful, very clearly written. Most of it is done using power tools, though!

I also recommend this book: Greene and Greene Furniture, Poems of Wood and Light Not a “how to” book, but an excellent resource with very nice photography.

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