Author Archives: Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart

About Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart is a professional furniture maker and the author of two books on building Greene & Greene furniture. He has been published on this and other subjects in numerous woodworking magazines, and also teaches woodworking and furniture design at locations from coast to coast.

rules of design

Darrell Peart on the Rules of Design

I am both a believer and disbeliever in the rules of design (ROD). My relationship with them is not a simple black and white matter. Ultimately, I believe the rules to be detrimental to art of any kind. But I do not disbelieve in their credibility. My relationship to the ROD is complicated! We...


Greene & Greene: It’s All in the Details!

I have been designing and building in the Greene & Greene style since 1991. I have made a serious study of their work. One of the things I find truly astonishing is the level and subtlety of detail. I am amazed, after all these years, upon visiting the Gamble House, to still discover some...


Furniture DNA

This article is excerpted and abridged from the Winter 2010 issue of Woodwork Magazine. Lost in thought, I stood in the grocery store checkout line, with the design for a table desk on my mind. To be frank, I was frustrated with my design efforts in general, because they were bounded by rules that...


Tweaking Greene & Greene

We had Darrell Peart in our shop a few weeks back to shoot a video, and though I was planning to write about it once the DVD was available, I certainly can’t describe it better than Darrell! (Though I will say what an honor and pleasure it was to have him visiting us for...


Making Greene & Greene Ebony Plugs

Ebony plugs are essential to the Greene & Greene style. In fact, it would be almost inconceivable to design a Greene & Greene piece without them. They are simple to make, but woodworkers often struggle with the process. Over many years of building and teaching in the Greene & Greene style, I have developed...