Out of the Woodwork: Beyond the Norm


Norm Abram inspired generations of new woodworkers – even those who weren’t Yankees.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 74

From the February 2010 issue #181
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Last week I stood in a beautiful living room and relived a scene for at least the 10th time in my career as a writer.

George R. Walker, our new columnist at Popular Woodworking, was showing me around his well-kept home in Canton, Ohio. As we stood in the middle of his front room, we were bisecting his long woodworking career.

In one corner stood a nice, darkly stained corner cabinet that was filled with the knick-knacks of life: photos, books and what-nots. In the other corner was an incredible, take-your-breath-away period secretary in tiger maple. It was a tour de force of tombstone doors, secret  compartments and a near-endless array of dovetailed drawers. And the secretary was completely empty – Walker had only recently completed it.


From the February 2010 issue #181
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