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Forum topic by CharlesNeil posted 01-20-2012 08:02 PM 1677 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2012 08:02 PM

if you have never heard of John Townsend or John Goddard, let me introduce, you, I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, so I wrote a little blog and we got some of the little phone and pictures up , these are beyong belief and considering they were built in the late 1700’s and early 1800”s , really is amazing, check it, out, now I am taking you to my blog then it will take you to my main website page where they are posted, enjoy, folks, it doesnt get any better than this,

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 09:50 PM

Thanks for the post Charles, Amazing craftsman even by todays standards.

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 10:47 PM

Delicate and amazing work indeed. Thats the furniture my mom forbid me to touch. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 11:13 PM

OK! I’ll kill myself ‘cause I’ll NEVER be able to do such work. Isn’t it a wonder that the masters didn’t work with digital readouts, micrometers, 10,000 grit diamond stones/hones, and a cell phone. Kinda makes ya wonder. Oh well…...Back to my Luddite workshop. I still use a ruler.


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#4 posted 01-20-2012 11:19 PM

Great video’s and photo’s Charles, and no “sketchup” how did he ever manage :-)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 04:31 PM

This is a build I really want to has things on it that I want to see how they’re done.. for me..I’m always looking for ways to enhance my furniture..adding corner columns to a cabinet really bumps the piece up to a higher doesn’t matter if he’s showing how to do this on a clock..the procedure can be adapted for any other piece that a column would look good on..this is how we learn.. by watching those that know how and following along..

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 10:28 PM

Good photo’s with great furniture made by the masters of old. I look forward to the upcoming build on your mastering woodworking pod cast. Thanks for sharing these great works.

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 07:16 AM

Thanks to your heads up about carving DVDs re: the carvings on the clock, i’m a LOT less nervous to attempt this build with you!

-- North Carolina Woodworker

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 12:21 PM

The townsends and goddards are such a large family to and ALL did quality work. Its not just one man. Its a line of them. Truely awesome. The bifold doors on the secretarys are extreamly impressive to me for some reason and very distinctive.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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